On Boxing & Martial Arts: Gilbert-Ouma square off tonight
For the Nevada Appeal
It will be a defining moment for the winner of tonight’s Joey Gilbert – Kassim Ouma fight tonight.
The bout will main event Let’s Get It on Promotion’s Reno Extreme Fights at the Grand Sierra Resort.
This bout just might be the most exciting one that Let’s Get It on Promotion’s has hosted.
For Ouma, 31, it is a chance to bring home a much needed win. He last won in 2008. The southpaw, who lost a 12-round decision to Jermain Taylor, is looking to get back into the title picture.
Reno’s Gilbert, 34, has taken a big step up. A win gives him a title and a ranking. This one is shaping up to be a war between two world class boxers.
Two more exciting boxing matches are scheduled along with three MMA bouts.
Markie “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca (6-0, 4KOs) from Boston takes on Alex Rivera from Las Vegas in a super middleweight bout. DeLuca’s last fight was in Reno, where he showed why he’s called “The Italian Bazooka” in a first round knockout against hard hitting Flavio Cardoza. DeLuca joined the Marines to serve the country after the fight. It will be exciting to see DeLuca, known as a class act, back in the ring again.
Two Northern Nevada fighters also will be making their pro debuts on the card. Cary “Bubba” Dupree, from Reno, will fight Nelson Lopez, also from Reno, in a lightweight bout. Both boxers were outstanding amateurs.
MMA fans are in for three action packed bouts with Jerel “The Solution” Clark (4-0) from Sparks battling Jack “The Motor” Montgomery (9-8) from Winnemucca in a 3-round middleweight division fight.
Another Northern Nevada native, Joe Barros (5-7), from Reno will fight Josh Rebedeaux (2-5) from Phoenix in a three-round bantamweight contest.
Also on the card is Fallon’s John O’Donnel (2-0) against John Corstorphine (6-3) from Sacramento. The fight will be a three rounds of middleweight action.
Tickets for Reno Extreme Fights are $75, $55 and $35. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the first bout at 8 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-648-3568 or visit http://www.grandsierraresort.com.
• Victor Bruno is athletic director of Bruno’s Boxing Club in Carson City.