Pro boxing returning to Stateline on June 26 |

Pro boxing returning to Stateline on June 26

Tribune and Double B reports

Pro boxing is returning to Stateline.

For the first time in more than three years, one of the four Stateline casinos will host a boxing card on Saturday, June 26 at MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa.

Dubbed as TKO Championship Boxing, the early summer card packed with young talent will feature Terence Crawford, a rising and talented young lightweight, in a World Boxing Organization youth title bout.

Tickets are now on sale, starting at $25, and can be purchased at the MontBleu box office at (775) 588-3515 or by going to

“We’re thrilled to return to Northern Nevada with another world-class event,” said Chet Koerner, president of TKO Boxing Promotions. “Fight fans in the Lake Tahoe-Reno region have showed their passion and overwhelming support to us over the last two years and we have a great evening planned for them in our first card at the MontBleu.”

Not since 2006 and 2007 has live pro boxing been available to South Shore fight fans. Joey Gilbert promoted and starred in the last casino corridor card on March 2, 2007, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Michi Munoz in the first defense of his NABO middleweight championship.

Pro boxing was in full tilt in Stateline the previous summer when the Marquez brothers, Juan Manuel and Rafael, slugged out title victories on the “Double Trouble” card at an outdoor arena at MontBleu. It was the first outdoor fight venue at Stateline in 15 years.

Later that summer, Elena “Baby Doll” Reid and Mary “The Heat” Ortega headlined a rare women’s fight card – “A Ring of Their Own” – at Harveys Resort and Casino.

Crawford brings an impressive resume to Stateline later this month. The 22-year-old with quick hands has compiled an 11-0 record with eight knockouts. The Omaha, Neb., native has stopped his last five opponents inside the distance, most recently destroying veteran Marty Robbins on May 1 in Iowa City, Iowa. Crawford dropped Robbins three times, all from body shots, and was awarded a knockout victory at the 51-second mark of the third round.

Rising Canadian welterweight Mikael Zewski is also expected to fight on the card. The Quebec native is 4-0 with three knockouts.

In addition, 19-year-old Filipino prospect Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr., Las Vegas-based Bradley Blankenship and 18-year-old welterweight Michael Finney of Smith Station, Ala., are part of the card as well. Penalosa Jr. carved out a 27-0 amateur record before winning his pro debut on Jan. 23 by knockout in the second round. Blankenship, 22, the 2009 Nevada State Golden Gloves champ, fought to a majority draw in his pro debut April 2 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Finney won his first three pro fights by first-round knockout.

Rounding out the undercard will be the highly anticipated pro debut of 17-year-old Trevor McCumby. Born and raised in Chicago where he was a three-time Chicago Park District champion, McCumby went on to win five National Amateur Boxing Championships.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first fight is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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