By Bob Ryder
Lanardo Tyner and Andre Gorges are primed and ready for their October 30 showdown in the eight round main event on promoter Joseph Donofrio’s show at The Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit. Both had plenty to say to Fightnews. “Pain Server” Tyner was blunt, “to be honest I’m offended he wants to fight me. I mean, it’s like with your limited experience do you think you can beat me? It’s created a fire in me. I’m going to pressure him on out of there!” Gorges acknowledged that he has heard Tyner loud and clear and he is prepared. “I know he is going to come at me but I am going to fight him. I can’t win it by running. I can punch too. This is my big breakout fight. People forget that even though I’ve only had 10 pro fights I had 150 bouts as an amateur. Back when I was just a 19 year old kid I sparred with Tyner and I more than held my own.”
Tyner was dismissive of the sparring session that was six years ago. “I had no experience at the time we sparred. I’d been boxing about a month at the time. When I hit him now he is going to see it’s a whole new thing.”
The contest does present the classic boxing pairing of a young gun versus seasoned vet. On paper it would seem that “Gorgeous” Gorges has a steep hill to climb as this is first main event and his first fight scheduled for more than six rounds. Tyner has been on premium cable bouts of 12 round durations and is coming off several good showings but he is 35 years old. Gorges at 25 has youth on his side. Both are determined to win before their local fans (Tyner is from Detroit; Gorges lives in Windsor, Canada). Should be lots of action while it lasts.
The under card features Pete Cantu vs Robert Jones and Garvin Crout vs. Rasool Shakoor. Michael Dallas, Ramone Valenzuela and Michelle St. Vil are all slated to appear against opponents TBD.
Promoter Donofrio Boxing in association with Jackie Kallen are billing the show “War of 1812-The Rematch”. Tickets are available at The Palace Box Office, palacenet.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 248-645-6666. Special VIP seating can be purchased by calling 248-770-6000. Doors open at 6:30 PM with first bell at 7:30.