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Boxing returns to Idaho October 15th

by on Sep.27, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

 

After a lengthy drought of professional boxing in the State of Idaho, the first card scheduled to take place there in nearly five years is set. The newly formed Beat Boxing Promotions will present their inaugural card at the Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston, Idaho, Saturday, October 15th with eight pro bouts scheduled featuring fighters from the Pacific Northwest.

Former amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) will look for his fifth win of the year in the eight round main event, taking on tough journeyman Leo Bercier (8-19-1, 4 KOs). Ferguson, who in 2015 claimed the U.S.A. National heavyweight amateur title, turned pro in April of this year and has claimed four wins since, securing all of those victories within two rounds. In his last fight he stopped former world title challenger Rubin Williams in the first round. 

Bercier has fought as a pro boxer for eleven years and had twenty-eight bouts, including a six round unanimous decision win over former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis in 2009. In recent years, though, Bercier has focused more on MMA, finding relative success and being named one of the toughest fighters in that sport by an MMA publication. In his last fight in a boxing ring in August of 2015, Bercier lost a six round decision to Mitch Williams.

“The main event will be a great fight,” said Sarah Welliver, head of Beat Boxing Promotions. “We’ve got Patrick Ferguson, who is a really promising young fighter. He just scored a great win over Williams and he just keeps getting better. And we know Leo is going to make this a tough fight. He’s just an all around tough dude with a lot of experience and we expect him to give Pat his toughest test.”

Seven undercard bouts are scheduled, including Lewiston’s Andrew Whitfield making his pro boxing debut against MMA legend Dennis Hallman (1-1); Sean Quinnett (3-2, 2 KOs), of Spokane, stepping in with Lewiston’s Mark Coates; Las Vegas’ Ronald Johnson (13-1, 4 KOs), who is trained by former world champion Mike McCallum, facing an opponent yet to be determined; and local MMA stand-out Austin Arnett making his boxing debut against Eric Mafnas (0-5).

“Up and down the card these fights are set up to bring fans lots of action,” said Welliver of the line-up. “We want to bring competitive fights and build long-time boxing fans to the sport in this area. We really want to bring live boxing back to an area that hadn’t had it in a while. I think bringing fans fireworks and competitive fights will do that. ”

Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased at the Clearwater River Casino box office or at Ticketswest.com. Ticket prices are $50 for ringside, $40 for reserved seating, and $30 general admission. For more information visit the casino website at http://crcasino.com/

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