Juneau roughhouse boxing fans can look forward to one of the largest Southeast fight cards ever tonight for the season finale Southeast Showdown 2003 at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.
The action begins at 7 p.m. That's earlier than previous Friday boxing events due to the increased number of matches, as what was a two-day event last year is condensed into one evening.
All three of last year's champs - Scott "Kid Roo" Robinson of Sitka in the lightweight division, Sitka's Matt "The Goat" Coppick in the middleweight and Juneau's Russ "Dirt" Stevens of Juneau in the heavyweight class - will return to defend their titles in the bracketed competition.
"We're going to have a great night of boxing," said event promoter Bob Haag of Anchorage's Big H Promotions. "All in all, it's going to be my Mona Lisa" of fight cards.
Tickets are $27 for general admission and $37 for ringside seats, and can be purchased at ANB Hall or Marlintini's Lounge. Limited numbers of ringside seats were left as of Thursday afternoon, Haag said.
In the lightweight division, Tyson Duckworth of Ketchikan will be among those challenging Robinson. Haag said that Duckworth beat Robinson in a close decision three years ago - Robinson's only loss in Southeast competition.
Also scheduled to fight as lightweights are Dave Ripley, Chuck McCracken, Rudy Vonda, Jessiah Baker, John Smith and Mike Kazmakoff.
At middleweight, Coppick will be joined by Gabe Duckworth, Sky Bonnell, Porter Treadway, Bryan Mayville, Earl Schoonover, John Ericson and Jack Duckworth.
Heavyweights Tom Ferry, Tim Wilson, Bobby Tyson, Frank Duckworth, Eddy Worzer, Dan Fink and Todd Stanley will try to topple Stevens.
There will also be a women's bout, Haag said.
Division winners will receive a championship belt, and $5,000 in prize money will be distributed to top finishers in each weight class.
Haag said there will be little down time between bouts due to the number of matches, and said those who arrive after the 7 p.m. start time will miss a lot.
"If you get there at 7:30 p.m., you're going to have missed four or five fights," he said.