Sitka's Matthew "The Goat" Coppick has been on a tear this season in Roughhouse Fridays. And tonight, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall at 7:30 p.m., Coppick will again thrill when he takes on Ketchikan's Tyson Duckworth in the main event.
Coppick has not been defeated this year and looks to be the top contender for the middleweight title in April's Southeast Showdown.
Last month, he stopped Juneau's Dan "The Animal" Fink, a bout that supposed to be against Ketchikan's Gabe "Steel" Duckworth. But Duckworth backed out at the last second and Fink took his place against Coppick.
Gabe Duckworth had also been a force in the middleweight ranks and even stepped up to defeat heavyweight champion Russ "Dirt" Stevens by a decision earlier this year. But due to Gabe Duckworth's duck of Coppick last month, he has been suspended by Roughhouse Fridays promoter Bob Haag.
"We sat down and said he was suspended for a year," Haag said.
So, since one Duckworth can't fight, another will take his place. Tyson Duckworth has not fought since last year's Southeast Showdown finals where he lost to Juneau's J.R. Diamond by disqualification.
Tyson Duckworth picked up Diamond and dropped him while throwing a punch, well after a break in the fight. Before he was disqualified, Duckworth looked to be easily winning the match. He has put on a little weight since last year, but still is about 10 pounds lighter than Coppick.
Coppick, who made it the Southeast Showdown finals last year in the middleweight division, is confident of another victory and doesn't think Tyson is the match of his brother Gabe.
"He's shorter and doesn't have the reach," Coppick said. "It's going to be fun."
Seven and possibly eight other fights are scheduled, including a women bout between Juneau's Edna Abbott and Amanda Harding. The two rivals have twice met in the center of the ring and each has come away with a win, making this the rubber match.
Juneau's Butch McClinton will make his return to the ring after a long lay-off and will face Juneau's Randy Dennis. Fink will fight John Smith III and Keaton Gaines is scheduled to face Jack Duckworth, the father of Tyson and Gabe.
Two-time Southeast Showdown lightwieght champion J.R. Diamond will also be in action, possibly against Sitka's Scott Robinson.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at the ANB Hall and tickets are already sold out.
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