For fight fans in the smaller cities or far away from the bright lights of the major casinos, do yourself a favor and check out a local card. Check out the future stars on their way up the ladder and before it’ll cost you dearly to get a ringside seat to see them.
This Saturday, January 5, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one such card will be taking place. While world titles and the big business of 7-figure paydays won’t be in the mix, the fighting on these local cards is for real. The fighters are hungry and the fans are up close to the action.
In the main event, Uganda-born Minneapolis resident, Ismail Muwendo (11-0, 9 KOs) returns for the first time since knocking out journeyman, Leon Bobo last October. This time, the hard-hitting featherweight will be taking on Kenya’s Anthony Napunyi (14-11, 7 KOs).
Muwendo is still very much in the prospect category at 24 years of age with a level-appropriate paper-thin resume, but he has shown signs of being a legitimately heavy-handed 126 lb. fighter. Opponent, Napunyi, on the other hand, is pure club fighter, although he has shared the ring with some solid fighters, such as Luis Orlando Del Valle, Robert Marroquin, and Argenis Mendez.
On the undercard, Minneapolis welterweight Jamal James(8-0, 5 KOs) will be back in action against Michigan’s Patrick Boozer (5-1, 2 KOs). In his last bout, James took a 7-round technical decision over home state rival, Corey Rodriguez.