Cujo aims for happy homecoming

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Bedford boxer heads card at Lynchburg Armory this Saturday

By Mike Forster

When Scott “Cujo” Sigmon takes to the ring this Saturday, he’ll have one thing on his mind:  crushing his opponent.

Yet, in spite of the single-minded focus Sigmon will bring to the ring, he understands that the fight has a lot more riding on it than just an improvement to his record.   

Cujo (5-1, 2 KOs) will take on Toris Brewer (14-2, 6 KOs) in one of the co-main events of a packed card.

The fun will take place this Saturday evening at the Lynchburg Armory.

Sigmon, a graduate of Staunton River High School, seems honored that it is he that is leading boxing back to the area.

He is less enamored of his opponent.  “I told my promoter to do whatever it took to get me the fight with Brewer,” said the light heavyweight.  “As long as boxing has fighters like Toris Brewer fighting, boxing is sick.  Brewer is the disease and I am the cure!”

Sigmon’s voice mail greets callers with the message that he is “Boxing’s uncrowned king and savior.”

The fight with Brewer gives him a chance to back up that claim.

More importantly, the fight is a test case to see whether boxing can generate enough enthusiasm in the area to become a regular staple in the Central Virginia sports diet.

Sigmon is certainly doing his part toward that end.

The other co-main event pits Waynesboro’s “El Guerro” Juan Carlos Robles (12-2, 5 KOs) in a cruiserweight matchup with Huntington, WV’s Pearl Dotson (7-2, 4 KOs).  

Another bout of interest, if only for the clever nicknames, pits Charlottesville’s George “War Time” Rivera (10-4, 3 KOs) against New York’s Michael “The Godfather” Corleone, a veteran of 35 professional fights.

Additionally, Roanoke’s Dwayne Davis will fight Florida’s Richard Grant in a middleweight bout.  Roanoke’s David Novia will face off against Christian Brinkerhoff in another middleweight fight, and Roanoke’s David Hopkins will duke it out with a to-be-determined foe at the junior welterweight level.

Sigmon seems on a mission to help clean up boxing’s image.  “People are skeptical about boxing,” he noted.  “We want to bring back the Golden Era of boxing when there were good matches—quality fights.”

Sigmon, a self-described historian of the sport, noted that it has been 27 years since Lynchburg last hosted a boxing match.

Prior to that 1982 event, the city had hosted a card in 1979.  Durning that event, Tim Witherspoon appeared in his second pro fight, en route to a career that included two reigns as heavyweight champion.

Sigmon hopes to follow a similar path.  “Next year, I’ll step it up,” he said.  “By my 16th fight, I’m looking to fight the top boxer in the world.”

But, for Sigmon, it’s not all about personal ambition.  “I want to make boxing more accessible,” he stated.  “I’ll take pay cuts so more people can see it.

“I also want to help get kids involved.  It builds character and helps people deal with fear.”

To sum up his philosophy, Sigmon said, “It’s not what boxing can do for me, but what boxing can do for the community.”

As for what he hopes to gain in Saturday’s fight, Sigmon declared, “I’m already the greatest.  This will be the defining moment of my life and I hope people will share it with me.”

Fight notes

-The fight is being promoted by Joe Hensley, another native of Bedford.

Hensley, a multi-sport standout for Liberty, is becoming a prominent player in the world of professional boxing.

-In pre-fight banter, Sigmon referred to Brewer as “a bum,” who “I will knock out....April 11 is trash day and (I’ll be) taking out the garbage.”

-Brewer responded, “If (Sigmon) thinks I’m coming all the way up there to get whipped, he’s flat out wrong.  I’m coming up there to whip a dog!  I’m going to beat him like a dog!”

-Tickets are still on sale at www.MajorLeagueBoxing.com and start at $25 for advanced seats.  First row seats are $55 in advance and second row seats, and back, are $35 in advance.  Tickets are $10 more at the door.

They are also on sale at the Jamerson YMCA and Buffalo Wild Wings, on Wards Road, in Lynchburg.