Roughhouse Friday bouts feature four Southeast champions

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2003

Roughhouse Friday boxing fans will get to see all three current Southeast Showdown champions, plus a former champ is coming out of retirement to fight in tonight's card at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

The champion-laden card is a rarity for March, since this year's Southeast Showdown is April 11 - 21 days from now.

"Normally, this close to the Southeast Showdown the champions don't want to fight," said Bob Haag, the Roughhouse Friday organizer from Anchorage-based Big H Promotions. "This time, they all came out."

Three-time Southeast Showdown heavyweight champion Russ "Dirt" Stevens of Juneau will face three-time Alaska champion "Crazy" Eddie Cavette of Anchorage in one of the four main events. Stevens hasn't fought in Juneau this year, but he has seen action in Anchorage and Ketchikan. Cavette has been a regular at Anchorage's Thursday Night at the Fights events, but he did suffer a loss by decision in his last bout a month ago.

Current Southeast Showdown middleweight champ Matthew "The Goat" Coppick of Sitka will take on Chris Whigham of Fairbanks in a second main event. Coppick lost to Whigham at last year's state roughhouse boxing tournament in Anchorage.

The third main event features current Southeast Showdown lightweight champion Scott "Kid Roo" Robinson of Sitka taking on David Ripley of Juneau. Robinson has fought three times in Juneau this season, winning all his bouts by knockout. Ripley is undefeated in Juneau this year.

The fourth main event brings two-time Southeast Showdown middleweight champion Victor "The Savage" Littlefield out of retirement to fight Daniel "The Animal" Fink of Juneau. Littlefield, who last fought two years ago when he won his second title, has moved up to the heavyweight division. Two years ago, Littlefield beat both Coppick and Gabe "Steele" Duckworth of Ketchikan on the same night.

General admission tickets are $20, with ringside-table seats going for $30. Doors open at 6 p.m. tonight, with the first bout slated for 7:30 p.m.



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