A small, drab conference room at a Drury Inn, complete with the prerequisite uncomfortable chairs and obnoxious carpeting, may seem like an unlikely location for the promotion of a boxing event.
That is, however, exactly what occurred this afternoon in downtown St. Louis, as journalists, promoters, and fighters gathered for a weigh-in to publicize what is essentially a series of squash matches featuring popular local fighters. The highly publicized event occurs tomorrow night at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St. Louis University
The most well-known pugilist that will make an appearance, the one whose face graces all of the posters for this event, is DeAndre "The Bull" Latimore. It is his first appearance in his hometown since losing to local hero, Cory Spinks. The IBO currently ranks Latimore as the 19th best light middleweight fighter in the country.
It is not likely that this fight will increase his ranking much, as it is against a nobody stooge named Sammy Sparkman, who is 39-years-old and has only won two more fights than he's lost.
It is telling that Sparkman's name or picture isn't featured at all in any of the advertising material for this night of boxing, and that he didn't even bother to show up for the weigh-in. The same is true for the opponent of Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway, a pretty and popular female boxer, who is featured on the under-card of this match.
Her opponent didn't bother to show up to the weigh-in and wasn't even mentioned. When a bikini-clad Dunaway was asked by reporters who she was fighting tomorrow night, she just smiled and shrugged.
It is clear that an evening like this is far more about glorifying individual fighters, and padding their records with cheap wins, than actually presenting good fights.
The lone exception to this seems to be the bout that features Alex "The Technician" Bunema, a native of the Congo in Africa who is defending his NABF Title belt against Willie Lee. So far, that appears to me to be the only match tomorrow that has a chance of being meaningful or suspenseful.
I hope I'm wrong about this. It would be nice to see one of the underdogs, who flew in to fight these well liked local fighters, win an upset, or at least put up a good fight tomorrow night. However, from the way these events are being put together and promoted, such an occurrence seems highly unlikely.
These were the results of the weigh-ins for the fighters that were present today. We will find out the results of these fights tomorrow.
Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway - 105 lbs.
Her opponent was not present.
Danny Williams (Apparently, he is Latimore's cousin.) - 129 lbs.
vs. Reggie Sanders - 130 lbs.
Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" Coyne (A popular local cruiserweight, who was featured on Season Four of "The Contender") - 194 lbs.
vs. Kevin Jarrett - 190 lbs.
Julius Fogel - 172 lbs.
vs. Kevin Engel - 173 lbs.
NABF Champion Alex "The Technician" Bunema - 155.2 lbs (To be eligible for the fight in this weight class, Bunema was given two hours to lose 1.2 pounds.)
vs. Willie Lee - 154 lbs.
DeAndre "The Bull" Latimore - 154 lbs.
Opponent was not present.