Heavyweights ready to rumble
In boxing, there’s no substitute for experience.
Dale Crowe (21-4, 13 KOs) has fought some of the top heavyweights in the world, and when Talmadge Griffis (20-1-2, 13 KOs) steps into the ring Saturday night at Caesars Tahoe, he’ll be taking the biggest step of his career.
“We’re built similarly and he seems to be in good condition, but this will be his first test,” said the 25-year-old Crowe. “I don’t think he’ll be ready to step up to me.”
The 10-round bout is a co-main event headlining the Everlast Heavyweight Explosion card presented by Cedric Kushner Promotions. Terrance Lewis (29-9, 20 KOs) faces veteran Frankie Swindell (37-20-3, 28 KOs) in the other 10-round co-main event.
The only variation from the heavyweight show is a women’s bout between junior bantamweights Naoka Kumagi and Marilyn Salcido.
Among his four defeats, Crowe of Cincinnati, Ohio, lost a split decision to 62-1 Brian Nielsen, who will fight Mike Tyson on Saturday in Denmark. Crowe also was defeated by viable contenders Fred Oquindo and Lawrence Clay-Bey.
His draw came against two-time heavyweight champion Mike Moorer in July when an accidental headbutt left Crowe with a nasty cut above his right eye. The cut reopened in the fifth round, causing the ring-side doctor and referee to stop the bout.
“When they stopped it, I was pretty upset. I didn’t get a chance to show anything,” the southpaw said. “After the cut, I stayed away and tried to box him. Moorer usually fades out the last half of the fight. I wanted to go in the later rounds with him.”
Crowe, however, plans to take a different approach against Talmadge.
“I’m anxious to get out there and rumble,” Crowe said. “I want to go right after him and get it over with.”
Griffis, 27, didn’t confirm his strategy, but his training in Colorado Springs, Colo., may suggest that he’d like to take the fight into the late rounds.
“I don’t have anything specific I do. I’m trained to take what they give me,” said Griffis, who is fighting in his first main event. “If they give it to me early, I try to take advantage of it.
“I’ve been known to go out at a fast pace, but the last few fights I’ve been pacing myself.”
Other bouts, all in the heavyweight division, include Danny Eaton (15-1, 11 KOs) against Jason Nicholson (16-14, 10 KOs) in an eight-round fight between knockout artists; plus Willie Palms (9-1, 5 KOs) against David Vedder (21-19, four KOs), Taurus Sykes (15-1, six KOs) against Sean Williams (8-11, two KOs) and Gregory Pickrom (10-5-1, nine KOs) against Earl Ramon Hayes (6-11-1, five KOs) in six-rounders.
Vedder has fought for the WBC light heavyweight championship twice and the WBA and IBF 175-pound titles once each.
Kumagi, of Los Angeles, has a record of 0-1, while Salcido, of Rialto, Calif., has a mark of 4-2-2 with one knockout. The women will fight a five-rounder.
The seven-bout card starts at 8 p.m., with doors to the Circus Maximus Showroom opening an hour earlier.
Tickets are priced at $15, $25, $50 and $75 . All seats reserved.
Tickets are available at the Activities Center in the Caesars Tahoe casino from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Tickets also can be obtained by calling either (775) 586-2044 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Tickets can be purchased at all TicketMaster locations and through ticketmaster.com as well.
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