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A dozen fights. A pair of Bedford amateur pugilists. Wartime Rivera. Knockout machine Isaac Rodrigues.
All those things will be present, plus a lot more, when boxing returns to the Lynchburg for the second time in five months. It’s also the second time in a quarter century.
Scott “Cujo” Sigmon headlines a card that will feature five professional and five amateur bouts.
Cujo will face “Nasty” Nick Schleich, of Columbus, Neb.
What Sigmon will find nastiest is the 6’4” Schleich’s reach. “I’ve been sparring with taller guys to prep for that,” said Sigmon.
“(You) are going to see a real fight,” exclaimed Sigmon. “This guy won’t make it to the final bell.”
Sigmon seemed almost as enthused about the five-fight amateur portion of the card as he did about his own fight
Two of those amateurs are recent graduates of Jefferson Forest High School. Sigmon, a Staunton River grad, has taken Austin Vogt and Chris Klahn under his wing.
Vogt, a former cross country standout at Jefferson Forest, will face Roanoke’s James Barnes.
Klahn, a long-time martial arts standout while at JF, will take on Roanoke’s Michael Garrison.
“Vogt is a special kind of athlete,” noted Cujo. “He’s tough and physical.”
“(Klahn) has a real passion,” noted Sigmon. “He’s got a good skill set and is a hard worker. He’s a class act.”
Klahn added, “I’m looking forward to getting in the ring and showing my hometown what I can do as an amateur representing Forest.”
The five amateur bouts will kick off the card, which starts shortly after the doors open at 6 p.m.
Please note that the time has changed from what was initially announced. The initial plan was to open doors at 6:30 with the first bout at 7:30.
The seven professional bouts feature the Cujo-Schleich light heavyweight fight and the George “War Time” Rivera-Jessie Williams six-round junior middleweight bout.
Rivera, of Charlottesville, said, “I’ll be ready for anybody that steps into the ring with me. It’s time to make my move.”
Rivera stands 10-4, with 3 KOs. Williams is from Youngstown Ohio.
Undefeated VMI grad Todd “White Lightning” Wilson (5-0) will take on Joe “Trouble” Figueroa, a New York native and a veteran of 65 pro fights.
Additionally, Maurice “Mad Dog” Chalmers, of Lynchburg, will fight New York’s Robert Lee Harris in a welterweight bout.
David “D-Hop” Hopkins will try to replicate his knockout performance last April, when he takes on Portsmouth’s Antwon “Supreme” Barrett in a junior welterweight bout.
Another fighter of note will wrap up the evening’s festivities. Brazilian middleweight knockout sensation Isaac Rodrigues will be in action, seeking to bag his 18th KO in as many fights.
Already, a larger crowd than last April’s good-sized audience is expected. “I think it’s great that people are coming to support this,” said Sigmon, who hopes to eventually bring four fights per year to the area.