Slick Lee Ready To Make An Impact

By Damon Gonzalez

Light Middleweight boxer and south St. Louis-native Deandre "the Bull" Latimore returns to the ring at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University on Saturday, August 22 at 7 p.m.

The August 22 bout marks the first for Deandre Latimore since his April 2009 split decision loss to Cory Spinks in a cross-town showdown for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship. Prior to fighting Spinks, Latimore, 19-2-0 (16 KO's), had defeated the IBF #1 ranked junior middleweight at the time, Sechew Powell, in the seventh round of their ESPN2 televised battle in New York City. Latimore is currently the #6 ranked junior middleweight fighter by the IBF.

Included on the card is four-time World Champion Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway, 21-8-1 (10 KO's), had no amateur boxing experience before participating in her first professional fight in 2003. Dunaway, who trains in St. Louis, became interested in boxing by watching other female boxers training at her gym in Fort Smith, Arkansas and thought that it "looked like fun." Since turning pro, Dunaway has won the NABF female flyweight, the Global Boxing Union Female minimum weight, WIBC minimum weight, and WIBA Women's IBA minimum weight titles.

Also scheduled to fight is Saint Charles High School alum Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" Coyne, 13-0-0 (4 KO's). The cruiserweight fighter appeared in the fourth season of the boxing reality show "The Contender." Coyne is fresh off of a June win against Kevin Bookout. Light Heavyweight fighter Shawn Hammack, 19-7-2 (14 KO's) is also from St. Charles, Missouri and is looking to revenge a loss from Bruce Rumbolz in June.

St. Louisan Kevin "The Hitman" Engel, 16-2-0 (13 KO's), looks to build off his win last month against Tyler Seever. Engel won the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental light heavyweight title in December 2007 with an eight-round unanimous decision over Darryl Cunningham. Granite City-born and East St. Louis resident Ryan "Dangerous" Davis, 20-8-2 (8 KO's), landed the WBE Intercontinental light middleweight title in 2007 and is a six-time Golden Gloves champion.

The co-main event for the evening is a battle for the vacant NABF light middleweight title between Alex "The Technician" Bunema vs. Willie "Slik" Lee. Bunema, 31-6-2 (17 KO's), hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has won five of his last six fights including a win at Madison Square Garden for the WBA Intercontinental light middleweight title. Lee, 16-5-0 (11 KO's) has won six of his last eight bouts and is a former IBA Intercontinental light middleweight title holder.