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Ready to rumble with pro boxing
Comacho Jr. headlines card at Hoefener Center
 
Published Monday, August 11, 2014 10:21 pm
by Herbert L. White

Professional boxing is making a comeback in Charlotte with the son of a former world champion headlining the card.


Hector “Macho” Comacho Jr., son of the former three-time champ, will fight Miguel Angel Munguia in the main event at Saturday’s “Rumble in the City” at Carol Hoefener Center, 610 E 7th St. Tickets start at $35 and available at www.ez-tixx.com and doors open at 7 p.m. Bouts start at 9 p.m. and a live pay per view webcast is available at www.gfl.tv.


“We want to bring world class and world championship boxing back to North Carolina by bringing in fighters from across the world to go against our local and regional talent and get the recognition that other big city fighters are receiving,” said promoter Jonathan Nazeer. “'Rumble in the City' is the beginning of an ongoing series here in Charlotte to give fans exciting and quality world class boxing.”


Charlotte’s boxing resume is mixed. The city has produced a world champion in bantamweight Kelvin Seabrooks and top-rated contenders Bernard Taylor, a featherweight who fought for the world title three times and heavyweight Calvin Brock, who lost to IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko in 2006. As a venue, Charlotte is host city of the N.C. Golden Gloves, the top tier of amateur boxing, but top-tier professional fights have been rare. The most notable was a 1994 card promoted by Don King that featured six-time champion Thomas Hearns beating Freddie Delgado in a nationally-televised cruiserweight bout at the Charlotte Coliseum.


Comacho’s (57-6-1, 31 knockouts) bout is his first of 2014. He split four fights in 2013, losing to Hector Munoz by unanimous decision and Munguia (29-31-1, 25 KOs) via fifth-round TKO while beating Lee Murtagh in a decision and knocking out Arsenio Terrazas.


The co-main event is a heavyweight bout between former Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards (7-0) against Djaun Hughey (1-8) of Charlotte. Edwards, who tallied 33 sacks in his NFL career (2006-12), has three knockouts on his boxing resume. Also on the card is the debut of cruiserweight Antwuan Tubbs, son of former heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs, against Kelly Henderson Jr.

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