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Four Women's Bouts Hoped for in Milwaukee
By WBAN's Reporter Bill Harris - December 12, 2002

     
   
   
   
   

MILWAUKEE, Wisc., Dec. 12 As many as 15 amateur boxing bouts -- at least three of them women's matchups -- are planned for the Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., this Saturday by Duke Roufus, who promoting amateur boxing for the first time. A fourth female contest was in question at this writing.

Roufus, who has gained international fame as a champion kick boxer, operates a boxing and fitness gym in Milwaukee at 111 W. Virginia St. He has scheduled an ambitious path for himself as he tries to bring amateur boxing back to Milwaukee with a roar. He has plans for another show on March 22 that will be a pro-am event at the same Rave, the old Eagles Club, in Milwaukee.

Roufus has arranged a feature-filled evening as he plans to provide music, lights, ring card girls and other high profile production gimmicks. On top if that he is hoping to bring exciting and competitive amateur boxing to this city. He has taken an unusual approach in that he is pre matching the boxers so he knows just what the program will be. He will, however, face the perennial hangup that amateur boxing has and that is that there is no consequence for failing to show up. Roufus says he has urged the coaches to make sure their athletes are present and accounted for and hopes that some of the attractions he is offering will help guarantee the presence of all the boxers he is expecting.

The competitors will receive two meals for their efforts, the first beforehand when a spread will be put out at Joey Buona's at S. Water and E. Clybourn streets and after the program Miss Katie's Diner, 1900 W. Clybourn St., will be the scene of festivities and a feed. Roufus is promising extravagant trophies for both the winners and the vanquished. 

Title Boxing has agreed to provide new gloves for the show. Roufus says he is determined to present programs that are solid entertainment value as well as showcasing amateur boxing. Many years ago Milwaukee was a hotbed of both amateur and professional boxing. His goal is to bring it back to that point and perhaps beyond. If enthusiasm will help, its an assured program.

Pre matched women scheduled to face off in four bouts include Peshtigo Boxing Club's exciting Naquana Smalls who just won a decision last Saturday in Oshkosh over Krysta Savage of Chippewa Valley Boxing Club. Smalls is to face Lois Theobald from Z's Boxing, Lake of the Hills, Ill., in a 139-pound set to. Savage is slated to box Rachel Thomas of Milwaukee's Ace Boxing Club, at 140 pounds but there is some question if this bout will be staged.

Jennifer Thyissen, Chippewa Valley, is to square off against Renee Poluski of Parks District Boxing, Chicago, at 156 pounds and Cassie Velleman of United Community Center. Milwaukee, has been matched against Missy Savage, Chippewa Valley, at 112 pounds.

The action at the Rave is to commence at 7 P.M. and doors open at 6 P.M. Tickets are in three categories: VIP $30, ringside $20 and balcony $10.

In the 12 men's bouts planned, the feature contest is to be light heavyweights at 178 pounds for the Wisconsin state championship in which Joe Davis of Chub's Boxing Club, Janesville, Wisc., is to face Paul Tillery of North Shore Boxing Club, Chicago. They are scheduled to box five two-minute rounds.

Boxers are expected from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., Moreland Boxing Club in Milwaukee, Squared Circle Boxing Club in Marshfield, Rising Sun, Green Bay; Duke Roufus Gym, Milwaukee; Ziel's Appleton Boxing, and Ford's Gym in Madison.

 
     
     
   
 
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