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October 10, 2011

Grady Brewer to appear at Agri-plex boxing event

Ada — Pontotoc County Agri-plex’s slated Oct. 15 boxing event will feature an appearance by former light-middleweight boxing champion and The Contender season two champion Grady Brewer.

“It’s amazing to have this type of talent in Ada,” said Pontotoc County Marketing and Tourism Director Brenda Gilstrap.

Brewer, an Oklahoma native hailing from Lawton, will sign autographs and make an appearance at the event, consisting of three boxing matches and eight amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fights showcasing a slew of Oklahoma talent.

Jeanelle Van Buskirk, a defensive tactics instructor at Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) will be competing in her first MMA fight at the event. Van Buskirk has studied Aikido, Hapkido, Valencia Lemeco Escrima, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokushin-kai Karate and Krav Maga.

Ada native Derek Stewart is competing in his second MMA fight. Stewart earned his black belt in Judo under Ada Judo Club’s Tony Mondejar before learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Stewart also trained in Muay Thai kickboxing and boxing at Grady Brewer’s Bad Boys Boxing and Fitness.

Sye Lane, a welder at Ram Jack in Ada, is hoping to improve to a 3-0 MMA record at the event. Ada residents Jerry Perez and Eddie Brown, Jr. are among the fighters who will be stepping into the ring to fight a crew of Texas Fighters from Chop Shop Mixed Martial Arts and other gyms.

Several of Oklahoma’s fighters train in Oklahoma City but Ada’s White Rock Fitness has allowed them to work out in its gym leading up to fight night.

Oklahoma Boxing Commission has sanctioned the event and chooses judges, doctors and other fight officials.

“The boxing matches will be last,” Gilstrap said.

She said Orlando Utsey and Marco Antonio Arauz will be competing for a North American Mid-West Association Championship junior welterweight belt, which will be presented by Pontotoc County Commissioners.  The boxing card includes Richard Galvan vs. Anselmo Martinez and Darren Walter vs. James Hall.

Gilstrap said this is the first professional boxing event to be held in Ada; the Toughman Contest was last seen in Ada 20 years ago.

“We’re hoping to bring a fight back every year,” she said.  “We’re looking for a big turnout.”

A weigh in at Ada Gaming Center at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 will be open to the public.  Fighters will then  have a meal at Rib Crib.

Fights begin Saturday night at Pontotoc County Agri-plex convention center at 7 p.m. Following the fights, an after party will be at Vintage 22 Wine and Dessert Bar.

Tickets are $22.50 for general admission, $42.50 for preferred seating and are available at Richardson Western Wear.

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