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(V) Friday Night Fights Featured 20 Boxing Bouts in Hooters Parking Lot

Bay City Fighters Put on Top Knotch Show

July 20, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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Friday Night, July 18, 2008 was the Kick-off of a 2-night Tough Gloves and Toughman Pro boxing events at Bay City Hooters. Presented by AdoreAble Promotions, Inc., in association with The American Boxing and Athletic Association sanctioned by USA Boxing.

Hundreds of boxing fans filled the Hooters parking lot for 20 action packed boxing bouts lined up for the nights entertainment including local tough men and tough women and also featured many local A.B.A.A. Amateur Boxers.

Steve Coppler, Toughman president, said, "Fighters from the tri-cities as well as across the state put on an incredible show of skill, determination, and heart and gave the fans more than their money's worth with 20 action packed, hard hitting, toe to toe fights... The annual Hooters Fight nights have become the don't miss event of the summer in Bay City!!"

Gary Richards, Chairman of the Michigan Association USA Boxing, said, "It was another great amateur fight night at Hooter's." Richards continued, " Just an example of all the local boxing we have in the Greater Bay City Area."


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(Above Left) ABAA's Jen Defoy and Chasity Funseth opened the night of fights. DeFoy defeated Funseth. (Above Right) Funseth and DeFoy pictured after their match.
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Ring announcer and Toughman promoter Steve Coppler had his hands full with 20 tough boxing bouts on Friday night. At Toughman events, Coppler is the busiest man in the world.
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Chico & Bob Watch the action. (Right) Bob Arsenault gives words of encouragement to Merrill Martinez.
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VIP ticket winner Rebecca Kaiser with husband Ted Kaiser and their friends, Chris & Jamie Jankes (Left).
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Bay City's Jon Toth defeats his opponent Robert Abrams of Saginaw.
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Jon Toth, 15 (right) pictured with his proud father Tom, and Grandmother Jean Toth after his victory. This was Toth's second fight.
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As if the fights weren't entertaining enough, the bull was present and ready to put up a fight of its own. Illusionist Jason Jewell tries his hand at it.
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A right hand by Dan Gaspie sent Robert Hollis (Above) to the canvas for a ten count.
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BAY CITY'S FINEST - Bay City Boxers Branden Arsenault, Cory Peterson and Mike Walther were on hand Friday night to cheer for local boxers
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Mellisa Majerczak (Center) is surrounded by friends after her win against Allysa Neveau
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Mellisa Majerczak (left) & Allysa Neveau -- Still friends after their bout. (They both work at Stables Martini & Cigar Bar)
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Kathy Lagalo (Left) and Julie McCallum consider their options while flexing biceps near a full-sized cutout of Labadie's Dick Bork.
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Results of Friday night bouts (July 18, 2008):

  • Jen Defoy over Chasity Funseth
  • Mellisa Majerczak over Allysa Neveau
  • Billy Rollins over Jacob Loomis
  • Merrill Martinez over Ben Dever
  • Uriaha London over Ryan Villa
  • Mike Mielke over Nick Heinzelman
  • Cleophus Bray over Brandon Knight
  • Nick Klein over Milton Watkins
  • Dan Gaspie over Robert Hollis
  • Fabian Ramierez over Gary Padro
  • John Toth over Robert Abrams
  • Joe Bauer over Lane Moore
  • Matt Purtee over Curtis Hill
  • Casey Cunningham over Curtis Berry
  • Steve Poindexter over Josh Gibson
  • Mark Lestson over Richard Dombroski
  • Jason Grons over Jacob Schult
  • Tommy Longo over Josh McGovern
  • Dylan Noble over Steven Stricker
  • Nicholas O'Hope over Brian Hill


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