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.