By Pete Myers: For the final time in 2013 boxing lands at Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Saturday, November 2nd. The scheduled six fight card is headlined by Quad City favorite Feliciano Correa (17-6-1, 9 KO’s) who makes his third comeback fight after 14 years out of the ring. Boxing aficionados may remember Correa from his KO loss to the late Arturo Gatti in 1996.
Correa is still popular with local fight fans and takes top billing against professional opponent Jason Medina (3-12, 3 KO’s). Expect a showcase bout, the matchmaking kind to the 43 year old Correa, who once retired with health concerns related to his brain.
George Carter Jr. (10-0, 6 KO’s) has emerged as the brightest middleweight prospect in the region over the last two years. Carter is a true professional fighter, who takes his craft seriously. The technically sound lefty follows a regimented training routine and has been in top condition for months. The original date for the show was pushed back from September.
Danceland is Carter’s home court. He’s ripped off 5 straight wins at the venue since 2012, albeit against journeymen level competition. Carter has the look of a boxer ready to make the leap, he’ll take his next jump against Skylar Thompson (12-8, 10 KO’s) at 168 lbs. Thompson sports a winning record, but has just one win in the last six years.
Thompson’s 2009 knockout loss to current IBO light heavyweight champion Andrzej Fonfara (24-2, 14 KO’s) was later changed to a no-contest when Fonfara failed a drug test.
Perhaps middleweight Limberth Ponce (5-0, 3 KO’s) will provide George Carter with competition someday. Ponce, an undefeated pro from Rock Island, continues his growth on the undercard against Antonio “Bad News” Brown.
Davenport heavyweight Donovan Dennis (7-0, 6 KO’s) scored an impressive knockout win on Top Rank’s card in Denver on October 19th. The success of Dennis on the big stage has influential matchmakers mining the Quad Cities for talent, just two years after boxing returned to the area full time. Eric Cason (2-0. 2 KO’s), also of Davenport, may be the next local fighter you see on a major undercard in Las Vegas. The power punching Cason will sharpen his fists against Josh Green in a 4-rounder.
The Muscatine Boxing Club will be represented by Orlando Reyes (1-1, 1 KO). Reyes looks to get back in the win column after being stopped in Des Moines last July. Standing in the way is Jason Louch, a veteran of the famed Miletich Fighting Systems, who will try his hand at boxing Saturday night.
The promotion has been hyping former Golden Gloves champion David Levy for most of the year. The 18 year old product of Beasley’s Downtown Boxing Club makes his professional debut against Fred Flemming at 140 lbs.