The show will go on.
Or in this case, boxing will be happening at the Lima Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center Saturday despite some changes to the original lineup and structure. Doors open at 6 p.m. and action begins at 7 p.m.
Billed as “Beef” the Southside Spartan event was supposed to feature a pro-am program with a number of local professionals lacing up the gloves on the same bill with area amateurs. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the matches will all be amateurs and feature a lot of the local talent from Southside Spartans and the surrounding area. A total of 13 matches are slated for the evening.
Organizer, promoter and head coach Lonnie Rettig said their has been some scrambling to get things in order but said he expects another great night of boxing where some of Lima’s best young talent can display their skills in front of a large crowd.
“We want to keep these boxing events local and keep as many kids that want to box in the game especially during the summer,” Rettig said. “They have so much going on and we want to keep them motivated.”
Rettig said he has been so caught up with putting the event together that he has not been able to enjoy the hype and is busy finding and scheduling boxers to compete. He added that there is a wealth of talent in the area but scheduling and getting them to the event is a whole other story.
“We’ve got all the amateurs that we took down to the junior Olympic tournament, those six (Aidan Vogt, 60lb Bantam ; Emmanuel Rettig, 70lb Bantam; Emilio Rettig, 80lb Intermediate; Jai’tajion Breland, 132 intermediate; Cisco Lugo, 141 youth; Cruz Lugo, 123 youth;). Cruz Lugo to have a rematch with his nemesis (Antonio Davis) from Toledo . These guys fight all the time and they just want to get in their and kill each other,” said Rettig.
Rettig admits it is hard to find area talent to box his boxers who have moved up the ladder in the boxing world but this gives younger fighters a chance to see some ring action. Young fighters from Wapakoneta, Celina and the Lima area are on the docket.
Bouts scheduled to take place are Zane Ginter against Boris Patterson, Rydell Blann against Robert Black, and Kenyan Rettig against Brady “Big Hurt” Kurtz.
“We will 13 fights and it will back-to-back nonstop,” Rettig. “It will be a good night. Lots of lights. Lots of cameras. You know boxing and you never know what is going to happen. You will have guys upset other guys and it is a great time and never a dull moment.”