Prize Fight Boxing’s ‘Battle of the River Cities’
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr. (April 14, 2005)  
From the ones that co-promoted one of the biggest heavyweight bouts in history, Tyson-Lewis, and split the duties on the bloodied brawl of the Klitschko-Lewis match-up, they come back at yah with the ‘Battle of the River Cities’. Although this card isn’t a blockbuster pay-per-view extravaganza it will have its heaping helping of serious butt kicking. A six-card event that features one NABO junior lightweight champion, three undefeated prospects, five knockout artists, a hard hitting 6’5” 270 lb. heavyweight, and a bitter state rivalry that’s about to clash.

Saturday night April 16th in the Isle Flamingo Bay Ballroom at the Isle of Capri Casino in Bossier City, La. at 7:30 P.M. the sold out showdown will commence. It all begins with an undercard that will feature the 2003 National Golden Gloves champion and 2004 US Olympic boxing qualifier Charles Ellis, 1-0 (1), in his second pro heavyweight bout and another heavyweight, this one making his pro debut and is the highly touted former amateur, the 6’5” 270 lb. Mike McDuffy. The #14 world ranked lady slugger Kasha Chamblin, 3-0 (3), will return to the ring, ‘The Fighting Marine’ has stopped all three of her opposition and ended two in the first round and the super bantamweight looks to add more victims to her knockout list. Also on the undercard the undefeated knock artist Adam Hubinger, 8-0 (8), will take on the local boy Johnny Taylor, 4-7 (1), in an all-out super middleweight showdown. Hubinger, who now resides in Florida, made his pro debut in 2001 and since then has gone on a knockout spree and looks to continue his hard hitting assault.

The co-main event will feature a six-year bitter rivalry that will finally end in the ‘Battle of the River Cities’. ‘The Untouchable Warrior’ Anthony Stephens, 32-13-2 (17), will cross the river and face the hometown hero James ‘The Gentleman’ Johnson, 17-13 (11), for an eight round light heavyweight showdown. The former WBF Americas welterweight champion James Johnson gave his thoughts to the Doghouse about the upcoming fight with his bitter opponent. “He is a good counter puncher, but I am the much faster, sharper hitter and stronger fighter than he is, I expect him to try to survive basically. The fans can expect a pretty intense fight when we two finally meet, it will definitely be an entertaining bout.”

The main event will feature the NABO super featherweight champion Antonio Davis, 16-1 (8), who will be taking on John Temple, 6-7-2 (1), in an eight round throw down. The thirty-two year old boxing sensation turned pro in 2002 with a first round knock out over Sean Green and since then has earned the IBF/USBA Regional junior lightweight title in July of ’04 and earlier this year he knocked out Darnell Logan for the title he carries now. Ranked #9 in the WBO, Davis looks to continue his bid for the top and when Doghouse caught up with his trainer Ronnie Shields he had this to say about his fighter on his upcoming bout. “I expect Antonio to go out and really impress the crowd for number one and he will show why he is ranked #9 in the WBO.”

All and all this will be an entertaining event for the fans. Twelve fighters, six bouts, on one night, equals entertainment.

The Doghouse will be ringside for this event so stay tuned for post fight interviews and photos.
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