|The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire -- APRIL 12:2001|
Fights go to the Dogs on Friday the 13th|
By Katherine Dunn
Is the bad juju of Friday the 13th cancelled out when it's also Good Friday? Or does the vile whammy double because that's when Jesus Christ was crucified? Doesn' t seem like a good omen exactly. Getting the superstitions organized seems in order for this show by Oregon Trail Promotions at the Multnomah Greyhound Park in Portland, Oregon.
Originally scheduled for March 30, two weeks earlier, the entire show collapsed when one boxer allegedly disappeared en route to the Phoenix, AZ airport. Due to fall-outs and scratchings, the Portland promoters were barely hitting the state requirement of 26 scheduled rounds of boxing. When a six-rounder was eliminated with that mysteriously evaporating boxer the show was postponed to this auspicious date.
Promoter Nanci James of Oregon Trail says the fighters who could not return for the new date were paid half their purses for the fights that didn. t happen.
So this is the line-up as it looks just days before fight night, Friday, April 13.
The main even is an 8-round cruiser weight match between 35 year-old Kip Triplett of Eugene, OR and 32 year-old Larry Banks of Las Vegas. The new PINK Fight Fax record book (Is it pink because this is the first year the book has a separate section for women boxers records?) shows Banks' record as 3- 9 with one knockout. The last fight listed for banks was in November of last year. The same PINK book has Triplett sporting a record of 8-6-3, with one knockout.
A six-round light heavyweight bout features 22 year-old Jeremy Morrison (10-4, 8 KO's) of St. George, Utah vs 30 year-old James Eddie Brock (5-7-1, 3 KO's) a southpaw from Inglewood, CA.
In four-round bouts on the undercard:
Cruiser Michael Sams of Tacoma (2-0) meets Neil Stephens, the former Georgia State golden Glove Champ, making his debut and fighting out of Seattle.
Featherweight women, Laramie Honostroza, (1-0) is originally from Kansas City, MO but fighting out of Portland, OR vs 24 year-old Christina Isobel Avitia of Tucson, AZ who is making her debut.
Also making his twice-delayed debut on this card is 24 year-old Portlander Reggie Davis, the winner of the 2000 Olympic Western Trials as a welterweight. Davis had been scheduled to debut on March 3, and on march 30, but in both cases no opponent was available for him. Fighting at Jr middleweight, Davis is scheduled to debut vs Gaspar Estrada (0-2), fighting out of Las Vegas.
Matchmaker Bob Oleson says he's still working to add another bout to the card. And he's probably knocking wood and keeping his mental fingers crossed.
This show is booked to start at 7 p.m. Friday the 13th at the Multnomah Greyhound Park, 944 NE 223nd Avenue n Portland, OR.
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