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Hard Knocks Fight Promotions Stages Stacked Boxing/MMA Card
October 24th in Kalispell, Montana
By Ricardo Ibarra
It has been almost two years since fight fans in the Flathead County area have had the opportunity to see live pro boxing. The area has some very knowledgeable and devout fight fans, which is evident each time an event has been staged in the past, not to mention a number of solid pros needing fights, yet it's been some time since they've seen anyone attempt to host fights on a regular basis. On October 24th Pro boxer Jesse Uhde hopes to change that as he steps into the role of promoter, making a play at staging regular fight cards to satisfy the demand from aficionados. Under the banner of the newly formed Hard Knocks Fight Promotions, Uhde will stage his first fight card at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell, Montana. The show promises to deliver an exciting night of fights catering to both segments of the fight world, featuring a stacked line-up of four professional boxing matches and a number of pro and semi-pro MMA match-ups.
The main event will feature a well matched six round fight between promoter Jesse Uhde and seasoned veteran Daniel Gonzalez. Uhde, who is a tough fighter with an entertaining style and eight pro fights under his belt, will enjoy a huge local support as he is from Kalispel. Uhde has been forced to work twice as hard for this fight as he pulls double duty organizing the event and training. He hopes to add his second win in a row having scored a first round TKO over Cotton Root six months ago.
Billings, Montana's Daniel Gonzalez is a ten year pro and well-known in the Pacific Northwest for being a tough competitor with a lot of heart. Fight fans that have seen him fight over the years know they can always count on him to deliver an exciting fight. In his most recent outing he scored a four round decision win over Chris Asher in Billings. The fight will take place at the Jr. Middleweight limit.
Well-known northwest favorite Leo Bercier will also be on the card in a four round cruiserweight bout. Bercier has a long standing reputation in both boxing and MMA as being a tough fighter with a relentless attack. His come forward style and willingness to stand and trade have built him a strong fan following in the Pacific Northwest among hardcore fight fans. He will be taking on Ivan Gonzalez.
In a four round Jr. middleweight fight, Helena, Montana's undefeated Timmy Mason looks to keep his 2-0 2KO's streak alive as he takes on Lloyd Woodard. Woodard is an MMA fighter with a 13-5 professional MMA record looking to break into the boxing ring in his first pro boxing match.
Three professional MMA fights, including a match-up between Brandon Bailey and Thomas Lamar, will also be on the card. Four semi-pro fights featuring fighters from Access Fitness Boxing taking on the Dog Pound Fight team will round out the undercard.
Tickets to the family-friendly event can be purchased at Access Fitness located at 1331 U.S. Highway 2 West, Kalispell, Montana. General Admission tickets are priced at a very reasonable $15. VIP tickets are priced at $20, ringside $75 and tables, which seat 10 people, are $400. The event will feature food and other concessions. The Flathead County Fairgrounds are located at 265 N. Meridian RD., Kalispell, Montana 59901. For more info check out Hard Knocks Fight Promotions Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hardknockspromotions
Jennifer Hamann made her professional debut as a boxer on July 11th on the undercard of the ESPN2 show that featured Tureano Johnson amd Mike Gavronski. Hamann scored a unanimous decision win over Ariel Beck in that fight, but her biggest fight was come six days later. Hamann has been diagnosed with a brain tumer, and must undergo treatment.
Treatmrnt for such tumors is expensive. Jennifer can use the support of anyone willing to help her out. For more information, and to help out, please go to Jennifer's Go Fund Me site.
Sue Fox and WBAN have initiated a petition to the International Olympic Committee asking them to increase the number of weight divisions in Women's Boxing for the 2016 Olympic Games. Please add your name to the petition and help to increase the number of women athletes who will have an opportunity to compete on the international stage. Access the petition HERE.
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