Brinkley, Spina set to fight
Appeal Sports Writer
RENO – Yerington super middleweight Jesse Brinkley will meet a new opponent in the 10-round main event of “Collision Course,” a seven-fight boxing card presented by Let’s Get It On Promotions Saturday at Grande Exposition Hall in the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
Isaiah “The Prophet” Henderson, 11-6 with 7 knockouts and 2 no contests, of Kansas City, Mo., replaces Brinkley’s original opponent, Donnell “Cadillac” Wiggins, who announced Monday that he couldn’t make the contract weight of 168 pounds.
It will be the fifth fight in 2007 for Henderson, who is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout at the hands of Kevin Engel. Before meeting Engel, Henderson had notched a ninth-round TKO over Jesse Shewmaker. Shewmaker was 13-0 at the time.
The 23-year-old Henderson fought to a six-round draw with Wiggins, 29-4-3 (14), in 2003.
In his last fight, the 30-year-old Brinkley, 28-5 (19), stopped Dallas Vargas in nine rounds July 6 in Reno.
In the six-round co-main event, Joey “The KO Kid” Spina, 19-1-1 (14), of Providence, R.I., will meet Shannon “Trouble” Miller, 23-37-8 (17) and 2 no contests, in a light heavyweight matchup.
In the event Brinkley and Spina win, Let’s Get It On is hoping to get the pair in the ring for a rematch in Reno early next year. Spina scored a come-from-behind 11th-round stoppage of Brinkley when they first met in an ESPN-televised match on May 10, 2006.
Spina, 30, will be fighting for the first time since he lost to Peter Manfredo Jr. via three-round knockout on Oct. 14, 2006.
Brinkley and Manfredo Jr. were both participants on the NBC reality show “The Contender” and Brinkley is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr.
This will be the 32-year-old Miller’s 70th fight since he turned pro in 1996 and he will attempt to follow up on his most impressive victory, a second-round knockout of Charles Cavallo, who was 16-0 coming into the bout.
Miller has faced top-caliber competition in the past, including current WBC light heavyweight titlist Chad Dawson (a six-round loss), current super middleweight contender Librado Andrade (TKO by 2), Yusaf Mack (TKO by 8) and Daniel Judah (TKO by 1). Miller also faced Vargas, to whom he lost via eight-round decision.
The card features five other bouts:
•Derek Hinkey, 3-0 (3), of McDermitt, will meet Ray Craig, 4-2 (2), of Oakland, Calif., in a four-round super middleweight bout.
•In a four-round heavyweight match, Tyler Hinkey, 1-0 (1), of McDermitt, takes on Alvaro Morales, 0-0-1, of Las Vegas.
•Reno’s Jaime Rodriguez, 4-2 (2), and Carlos Musquez, 3-1-1, of Sacramento, will clash in a six-round junior welterweight match.
•A pair of locals will meet in a four-round middleweight bout when Simon Ruvalcaba, 3-8-2, takes on Carson City’s Flavio Cardoza, 0-1.
•Sacramento’s Brandon Gonzales, 2-0 (2), and Los Angeles’ Cromwell Gordon, 3-6 (3), meet in a four-round middleweight contest.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The first bout begins at 7.
Tickets are $150, $75 and $30 and are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.silverlegacyreno.com, by calling (800) 687-8733 or (775) 329-4777, or by visiting the Silver Legacy box office.