Boxers to ignite the ring in first local pro matches in almost 25 years
KITCHENER, ONTARIO, 22 OCTOBER 2012– It’s been more than two decades since professional boxing last took to the ring in Kitchener. But on Saturday, November 3, that’s about to change as pro fighters line up for the “Return of the Gladiators.”
Boxing by Syd Vanderpool is proud to present “Return of the Gladiators” – a landmark event for local boxing as pros like Kitchener’s own middleweight Julius “Caesar” Bunda, who is currently ranked #2 in the country, step into the ring for a night of world-class bouts. Local boxing sensation Junior “The Show” Dann will also be part of the six exciting matches scheduled for the event.
“It’s been almost 25 years since we saw Lennox Lewis fight in this city, and we’ve seen how far he’s gone,” says promoter Syd Vanderpool, himself a former world-ranked boxing champion. “And it’s been 30 since my brother Felix [‘The Cat’] won his pro debut in a Kitchener ring. There seems to be something that sets these local athletes apart and I can’t wait to see what these upcoming fights bring.”
“Return of the Gladiators” happens at Marshall Hall (425 Bingeman’s Centre Drive, Kitchener) on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Doors open at 7:00pm, with the first bout scheduled for 8:00pm. Weigh-in for the fighters is scheduled for the same day at 10:00am at Victoria Star Motors, Mercedes-Benz Kitchener (125 Centennial Road). In addition to the evening’s matches, four finalists will compete for the Boxing by Syd Vanderpool Ring Card Model of the Year title, with the winner taking home a pair of diamond earrings valued at $600, provided by Robins Goldsmithing. Tickets for “Return of the Gladiators” range from $25 to $60, and ringside tables are available for groups.
Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster at www.boxingbysyd.com or in person at three locations:
• Boxing by Syd - 3-1253 King St E. Kitchener ON
• Combination Sports - 306 King St. W. Kitchener ON
• Bingemans - 425 Bingeman’s Centre Drive. Kitchener ON
“Return of the Gladiators” is presented by Boxing by Syd Vanderpool and local sponsors, Diversco, Active Towing, Kissner Milling and Regional Safety. Additional information about the event can be found at www.boxingbysyd.com.