By Gary “Digital” Williams
Baltimore, MD super middleweight “The Persecutor” Mike Paschall tries to continue his winning ways by participating in the eight-round main event bout on the 2009 season premiere of Ballroom Boxing on Thursday, April 2 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Participating in a main event bout is nothing new for Paschall (18-1-1, four KO’s) as he has involved in either the main bout or the co-feature in his last four outings. However, Paschall told Fightnews that being in the main event is not always the best situation to be in.
“I hate having to wait to fight,” Paschall said. “I usually bring a lot of fans with me and I don’t get a chance to spend time with them. This is locally, away from home I don’t care. But locally, I like to fight in the middle where I can fight than see a few fights afterwards.”
In three of his last four bouts, Paschall has fought boxers who have had more professional in-ring experience than he has. That remains the case when Paschall takes on “The Punching Policeman” Sam Hill of St. Louis, MO (17-10-1, 10 KO’s) in an eight-round contest.
“I don’t know much about him except that two of his bouts were against (former world champions) David Reid and Jermain Taylor,” Paschall admitted. “I do know he’s a tough guy but he’s just another opponent to me.”
However, the only loss on Paschall’s record – a nationally-televised fourth-round stoppage against undefeated and highly-touted prospect Andre Dirrell – has been the contest that has given Paschall the most notoriety. Paschall says that the Dirrell loss – in which the bout was stopped on cuts – has given him the most notoriety.
“I talked to Dirrell and his people after the fight,” Paschall said. “They told me that the bout proved I was on their level.”
The Paschall-Hill contest headlines a six-bout co-promotion between Ballroom Boxing and TKO Promotions of Houston, TX as part of TKO’s “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series. The card features three undefeated prospects. The co-feature has two-time WBC Youth Featherweight champion and current WBC USNBC Featherweight titleholder Matt “The Sharpshooter” Remillard of Hartford, CT 16-0, eight KO’s in an eight-round contest against Carlos Claudio of Kissimmee, FL (8-4-1, two KO’s). Also, Canadian middleweight Albert “The Punisher” Onolouse (16-0, six KO’s) will take on veteran Anthony Bartinelli of Phoenix, AZ (20-11-2, 13 KO’s) in another eight-round encounter and middleweight Mickey Bey, Jr. of Cleveland, OH (12-0, seven KO’s) will go up against Miami, FL’s Jesus Perez (25-24-3, 14 KO’s) in a six-round contest.
Two other local products will be on the card. Maryland State Featherweight champion Tyrell “Da Show Shock’A Samuel (11-2, five KO’s) returns to the ring for the first time since winning the title in November and faces Jorge Ruiz of Miami (5-8-1) in a six-round contest. Also, Julius Kennedy, a native of Windsor Mill, MD (3-1, one KO) will take on Akron, OH’s James Denson (4-3, two KO’s) in a four-round middleweight bout.
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