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    Boxing will return to Savvis Sept. 30

    By Tom Timmermann
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Tuesday, Sep. 06 2005

    St. Louis boxing fans turned out in force when local fighter Cory Spinks met
    Zab Judah in February. How much interest they have when the fighter isn't from
    St. Louis remains to be seen.

    The local affection for the sweet science will be put to the test Sept. 30,
    when veteran Virgil Hill comes out of retirement to face undefeated Russian
    Valery Brudov for the vacant WBA world cruiserweight championship in a Don
    King-promoted event at Savvis Center.

    Also on the card will be a fight between Daniel Santos and Joe Wyatt for
    Santos' WBO junior middleweight title and local fighters Devon Alexander and
    Danny Williams.

    It will be the first fight card at Savvis since the city agreed to waive its
    ticket tax for boxing events, and it will be the first of several cards at the
    arena in the coming months. On Oct. 21, Savvis will start its Friday night
    fights, an occasional series of smaller cards in the building's Concert Club.


    More than 22,370 people showed up in February and saw Judah beat Spinks for the
    undisputed world welterweight title. Dennis Petrullo, general manager at Savvis
    Center, who has worked to bring boxing to the building, knows full well that he
    won't get a crowd like that again.

    "I'm hoping for 10,000 to 12,000," he said. "We'd prefer to have six weeks
    (before the fight to sell tickets), but we did Cory in less than 30 days. When
    Don hits town (which will happen with a news conference today), he'll start
    turning the town upside down.

    "This is a risky business. There's a lot of money involved, and it all happens
    real fast. We'd love to have 15,000 to 16,000 and prove we're a boxing town,
    even if we don't feature a local like Cory."

    Petrullo had been targeting Spinks for the next Savvis fight, but contractual
    issues between Spinks and King have kept that from happening. Kevin Cunningham,
    Spinks' trainer, said Tuesday that he was looking to have Spinks back in the
    ring before the end of the year, he hopes in St. Louis.

    Hill, 41, is 49-5 but has lost four of his last 10 fights.

    Brudov is 30-0 with 23 knockouts, including one in each of his last 11 fights.
    All of his fights, however, have been in either Russia or France.


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    I hadn't seen this mentioned yet - I'm just happy to see the city get rid of that ridiculous tax.

  • #2
    I'd go if I lived in St.Louis.

    You should all get out and check this out, boxing is a great sport...and it'd make for a fun night out.
    You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Nasty Nate@Sep 7 2005, 11:49 AM
      I'd go if I lived in St.Louis.

      You should all get out and check this out, boxing is a great sport...and it'd make for a fun night out.
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      • #4
        Sept. 30th will be a major factor in whether or not St.Louis is considered for future big events.
        You're being fucking dramatic. You own a TV and an air mattress. That's not exactly what I'd call "a lot to lose."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nasty Nate@Sep 7 2005, 11:01 AM
          Sept. 30th will be a major factor in whether or not St.Louis is considered for future big events.
          Too bad that nobody has ever heard of these guys.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nasty Nate@Sep 7 2005, 11:01 AM
            Sept. 30th will be a major factor in whether or not St.Louis is considered for future big events.
            you mean future big boxing events....
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nasty Nate@Sep 7 2005, 11:01 AM
              Sept. 30th will be a major factor in whether or not St.Louis is considered for future big events.
              It will be a major factor but too bad the majority of people that will be in town that weekend are here for something else.....final regular home series at Busch. I'll be at Busch Stadium that night.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by BringBackZezel+Sep 7 2005, 10:31 AM-->
                QUOTE(BringBackZezel @ Sep 7 2005, 10:31 AM)

              • #9
                Originally posted by Nasty Nate@Sep 7 2005, 10:49 AM
                I'd go if I lived in St.Louis.

                You should all get out and check this out, boxing is a great sport...and it'd make for a fun night out.

                Great. Watch a fight in the ring. Then have to fight your way to the parking lot. I'm sure this pull in the St. Chuck crowd. 5,000 tops. No thanks.

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