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An injury prevented tonight's main event pugilists from fighting during last April's Southeast Showdown, but the two youth boxing coaches will get their chance to do battle tonight.
Scott "Kid Roo" Robinson and Andrew "The Gun" Swanston, a pair of 150-pounders, will be the main attraction in tonight's Roughhouse Friday boxing event at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Robinson coaches youth boxers in Sitka, while Swanston coaches youth boxers in Juneau.
In last April's Southeast Showdown, Robinson was awarded the title in a walkover when Swanston couldn't fight in the lightweight championship bout because of a sprained right ankle. Swanston injured his ankle while claiming a split decision over 2000 and 2001 Southeast champion J.R. Diamond of Juneau, while Robinson claimed a decision over Jack "The Jackhammer" Duckworth of Ketchikan to reach the championship bout.
"I would have knocked him out," Robinson said in April, when he also had a three-second knockout victory over Juneau's David Fuchs in the first round. "It wouldn't have mattered who was in the finals. I would have knocked him out."
Fight promoter Bob Haag said Duckworth is also scheduled to fight on tonight's card, while Diamond, who has had injured knuckles, will fight next month. He said Wednesday they expected to have 8-10 fights, including two bouts with female boxers.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with boxing scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for ringside tables and $20 for general admission around the edge of the hall.