Boxing hits ANB Hall on Friday

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2001

Roughhouse boxing hits Juneau once again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Anchorage boxing promoter Bob Haag of Big H Promotions expects a sellout for the event, which is a benefit for the Juneau-Douglas Boxing Association and U.S.A Amateur Boxing.

"We have 10 bouts scheduled for Friday's 'King of the Ring' event," Haag said. "We will have fighters from Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau ranging from 140 to 255 pounds. It should be a real exciting time."

Three fights will be featured including the long awaited grudge match between David Diamond and "Wayne Fu" Smallwood, both of Juneau.

In a bout hailed as an 'old-timer's battle', Diamond, 43, defeated Smallwood, 50, on Nov. 17, 2000. But it was not a popular decision with the 600 fans at the ANB Hall, and they showed their dissatisfaction with a chorus of "boos."

The rematch was originally scheduled for the 'King of the Ring' event on Jan. 19, but was canceled due to a failed physical examination by Smallwood.

In another featured fight that will be promoted as "Ketchikan vs. Sitka," middleweights Matthew Coppick of Sitka will do battle with Gabriel "Steel" Duckworth of Ketchikan.

The 177-pound Coppick won a unanimous decision over Daniel Fink of Juneau on Jan. 19 in his first career fight.

Duckworth, who weighed in at 194 pounds, used his significant reach advantage to fend off Sean Demello of Sitka. It was also Duckworth's first career fight.

Southeast heavyweight champion Russell "Dirt" Stevens will put his undefeated record on the line when he faces Thomas "Heavy Hands" Ferry of Ketchikan.

Ferry (6-1, 233-pounds) used ferocious body punches to finish off Jason Needham of Juneau in January and record his first career knock-out.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Stevens is 4-0 with 2 KOs in toughman competition, but has not seen action since Nov. 17 when he stopped "Fearless" Fred Gallant of Juneau for a TKO.

"I've been trying to get over some injuries," Stevens said. "But I had a real good workout with Bob (Haag) and I feel good."

Tickets for the 'King of the Ring' can be purchased at the ANB Hall Pull Tab Shop and Marlintini's Lounge. Cost is $25 for ringside and $15 for general admission.

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