This Saturday night Minnesota heavyweight Joey Abell seeks to avenge his first loss with a rematch against Arron Lyons, of Las Cruces, NM. Abell was 9-0 when he lost to Lyons more than four and a half years ago, on December 1, 2006, via 1st round TKO in Philadelphia, PA. Since that time Abell has compiled a record of 26-4 with 25 KOs. Lyons, on the other hand, has not been either as active or as successful, entering this fight with a record of 11 wins and 8 losses, including 8 KOs. According to www.boxrec.com, Lyon’s is rated internationally at 211 out of 1100 heavyweights, while Abell is rated 106. Abell continues to build his career and is expected to fight in Uganda on August 28, but Saturday, July 17 is the important date for now because it is his opportunity to avenge earlier disappointment with a performance in front of a Minnesota crowd at the St. Paul Armory.
Also on the card in a Cruiserweight match is Marty Lindquist, less than a month shy of his 41st birthday, fighting against Frank Quin, roughly two months shy of his 40th birthday. Lindquist, 13-8 with 10 KOs, is trying to break a four fight losing streak, including a 3rd round KO loss to Wisconsin’s Harley Kilfian in Maplewood in his last fight on April 4, 2009. Quin is 6-0, 4 KOs, but his last fight was a 6 round decision win over a 10-53-1 Richard Wilson on June 8, 1997. It will be very interesting to see how Quin looks in this comeback fight, as well as to see if Linquist, known as the “Wolfman” in the 1990s, has anything left. Both fighters enjoy popularity in Minnesota, and particularly in the Twin Cities. And the night will be very special (and probably nerve-wracking) for Quin, because his son, Gavin Quin, will be making his professional debut. Lightweight Jeremy McLaurin, 7-1, 5 KOs, is determined to bounce back from his first loss in April with a fight against a slower yet very strong and tough David Laque, 2-5-1, 2KOs.
This card is also being covered extensively on www.minnesotaboxing.com.
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