Slugfests, feasts on menu

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

John Vernaus figures he's set up a fight night that should feature plenty of blows and perhaps even some KOs.

King John Boxing's four-bout boxing card tonight, dubbed Fight Night at the Gates 2, features two middleweight and two heavyweight tilts.

"They're not long fights, so they're going to have to give 'er pretty hard," Vernaus said.

This is Vernaus' second fight card at The Gates on Roblin, and it's all but sold out. The first one was held in July, and all he heard from the clientele were rave reviews.

"They loved it," Vernaus said. "Good food, the fights were decent. There were some good slugfests. These are going to be better."

The evening, according to Vernaus, is a good opportunity for business people to network. Spectators have the choice of a steak, fish or pasta dish to eat, there will be free cigars and wine available, and the room used for the fights is top-notch, the long-time promoter said.

"They love the venue," Vernaus said. "You're right on top of the action, and there's not a bad seat in the house. Between fights you can go out on the patio and have a cigar."

Larry (Razor) Sharpe will headline tonight's fightfest. The Pine Falls teacher, whose pro record is 22-7, will step into the ring with Bruce (The Rage) Rumbolz of Sterling, Ill.

Sharpe is back teaching full-time this year after taking last year off to concentrate on the sweet science, but Vernaus said the 35-year-old wants to continue in the fight game.

"If we get a couple of wins, we might take a shot at something," Vernaus said. "Of course it would have to be in the summer. He's still getting better. He's still improving a little bit. It's not over yet."

Michael Walchuk was also supposed to be on tonight's card, but he suffered a broken wrist recently and is unable to box. The other middleweight bout will pit Halifax's Juan Sanchez against Julius (Caesar) Bunda of Mississauga, Ont.

In the heavyweight division, Chad Trun will meet Dana Swan in an all-Winnipeg battle, while Halifax's Eddie Dawson will take on Toronto's Neven Pajkic, who is 9-0.

Hors d'oeuvres will start being served at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7, and the first punch will be thrown at 8.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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