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Former World Champion William Guthrie Set to Fight on May 12th at the Patriot Center

10.04.07 - FAIRFAX, VA – Former world champion William Guthrie (35-4-2, 24 KOs) will make his National Capital region debut when he fights on the May 12th Lange-Cabell card at the Patriot Center, JACKIE “FIRST LADY OF BOXING” KALLEN, head of Ice Promotions announced today. His opponent has not yet been named..

Guthrie, who like JIMMY LANGE trains with BUDDY McGIRT at the former world champion’s Vero Beach, FL gym, returns to the ring looking to prove that he’s still a world-class fighter. He and Lange have discussed joining forces on a fight card for some time and now it’s a reality. Born and raised in St. Louis and now residing in Jupiter, FL, Guthrie captured the USBA Light Heavyweight, IBF International Cruiserweight and IBF Light Heavyweight titles during his professional career which began in 1989. Guthrie lost a 12-round decision to Marlon Hayes this past January, his first setback in nearly five years. While the cagey veteran admits that he isn’t the strongest or quickest fighter around, he cites the wisdom and knowledge developed over the years as his biggest strengths moving forward.

Kallen also announced that the highly-anticipated card has secured several prominent Northern Virginia boxers, notably two undefeated prospects, junior welterweight contender KAY KOROMA (3-0, 2 KOs) of Alexandria and heavy-hitting 154-pounder “IRISH” MIKE CARRIGAN (3-0, 2 KOs) of Vienna (both opponents to be named).

Koroma, a Hayfield High School graduate, captured two Eastern Regional Golden Gloves championships during his impressive amateur career. In 2004, he captured the 141-pound amateur title at the U.S. Championships in Washington, D.C., a victory that led to the right to compete at an Olympic-qualifier event in Colorado Springs. He earned his first professional victory – a unanimous, four-round decision -- at the Patriot Center’s first ever pro boxing event staged on September 13, 2005. Koroma, who trains with the ALEXANDRIA BOXING CLUB (ABC), scored impressive knockout wins in his last two fights recorded earlier this year.

Mike Carrigan comes from a boxing family. His father, Pat, runs Vienna’s Emerald Boxing Club and trains his younger brother, Ronnie, an amateur Tri-Sate Golden Gloves 152-pound Champion who is headed to the National Golden Gloves competition later this month. Mike’s other brother, Sean, a collegiate wrestler/graduate of George Mason University, was an accomplished boxer before giving up the sport to pursue acting -- he won the NBC reality television series Next Action Star and is currently featured in one of the popular GEICO “Caveman” commercials.

Mike, a graduate of Fairfax’s Robinson High School, trains with DENNIS PORTER and the ABC. While he turned professional in 1999, he only recently returned to the sweet science in 2006 after a six-year layoff.

Highly-regarded 164-pound prospects TIM SCACHE of Alexandria and TRACEY BREWER of Arlington will shed their amateur status on May 12th when they face one another in a four-round showdown for local bragging rights. Scache also trains with the ABC and Dennis Porter, while Brewer fights out of the ARLINGTON BOXING CLUB under the guidance of WILLIE TAYLOR.

Another local fighter, JAMIE “THE PUNISHER” PALMA (11-10, KOs), brings his aggressive style to the show for a junior welterweight six-round contest (opponent to be named).

LANGE-CABELL II: THE REMATCH will feature JIMMY LANGE (27-3-2, 19 KOs) vs. Fontaine “The Flame” Cabell (21-6-2, 16 KOs) in a 12-round Main Event rematch for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas 154-pound title. Smithsburg, MD’s DEAN “THE PIT BULL” WHITE (14-6-1, 7 KOs) battles DAMIAN FULLER (27-4-1, 12 KOs) of Detroit in the 8-round, lightweight Co-Feature.

Tickets, priced at $25, $50, $75, $100, $125, $200, $300 & $350 (Ringside) and $500 (VIP Ringside), may be purchased through Ticketmaster by going online at www.ticketmaster.com, via phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or by visiting the Patriot Center box office. George Mason University faculty, staff and students, may receive a discount on select tickets by presenting a valid ID at the Patriot Center box office only. Group discounts are available by calling 202-661-5061. Contact the Patriot Center box office at 703-993-3000 or visit www.patriotcenter.com for more details.

Article posted on 11.04.2007



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