Finding warm bodies to fill out the Sept. 28 Dangerous Ground card at the Shaw Conference Centre is proving difficult for promoter Glen Carriere of KO Boxing.
"It's tough, no question," Carriere said yesterday. "I've got calls in to seven different promoters and managers in Canada and the U.S., but now we're down to pretty short notice. There's not a lot of preparation time left."
Carriere is looking for a suitable opponent for an eight-round non-title tilt with Canadian cruiserweight champ Ryan Henney of Saskatoon.
He also needs a super middleweight to replace Hamilton's Adam Rochon, who on Tuesday pulled out of his bout with Edmonton's unbeaten Jason de La Ronde.
"We want a quality opponent for Henney ... not a guy who's coming here just for a paycheque," said Carriere.
Rochon, meanwhile, is the second opponent to think better of trading punches with de La Ronde.
Montreal's Patrick Tessier was originally announced as the opponent, but pulled out a week later.
QUICK JABS: Two Edmonton fighters - heavyweight Sheldon Hinton and featherweight Omar Valdez - were featured on a pro-am card in Halifax last night. Results were unavailable at press time. Hinton (4-5), on the comeback trail after back-to-back knockout losses here, was taking on Winnipeg's Dana Swan (1-2) in a four-rounder, while Valdez (4-1) was slated to meet unbeaten Halifax favourite Tyson Cave (3-0) ... Speaking of comebacks, former Canadian and Commonwealth welterweight champ Donovan Boucher is doing just that tonight in Montreal. At age 45, Boucher is fighting for the first time in 11 years against journeyman Martin Desjardins in an eight-rounder. An impressive win could put him in line for a a shot at the interim Canadian junior middleweight crown against the winner of the Dangerous Ground co-main event between Edmonton's Kris Andrews and Winnipeg's Codey Hannah.