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Hearns to make pro debut (son)
Hearns to make pro debut!
Son of the Hitman tops Joe Louis Arena bouts
Ronald Hearns, son of boxing legend Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, will make his professional boxing debut this Friday at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the same arena in which his father won his first world championship, twenty-four years ago.
Hearns, 25, will face undefeated prospect Alex Black (2-0) of Ohio in the main event scheduled for six rounds in the middleweight division.
Hearns decided to follow in the footsteps of his father after a brief but dominating amateur career in which he compiled a near perfect record capped by the 2004 National middleweight championship title. Hearns, 6ft 3, was a star basketball player in college but opted to box, hoping to slam dunk the middleweight division much like his father did during the 80's and 90's. With a physique and fighting style that's strikingly similar to his fathers, the young Hearns is also managed and trained by Kronk boxing wizard Emanuel Steward, the man who guided Tommy Hearns to seven world championships during his Hall of Fame career.
This event was heading for a Las Vegas casino, until Detroit business mogul Harley Brown intervened. "This is a historical boxing event and I wouldn't allow this fight to take place anywhere but Detroit. Thomas Hearns is a legend and from what I've seen Ronald is able to continue the great Detroit boxing legacy that includes Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis."
"It's exciting to see Ronald enter professional boxing" said Steward at the press conference "He reminds me a lot of the young Thomas Hearns, he looks like Tommy, fights like Tommy and has the hunger Tommy had. It's Déjà vu, all over again and to turn him pro in at Joe Louis Arena is the perfect venue. Detroiter's should be proud ".
The Hearns vs. Black bout is the main event of this Friday nights fights, which also features an undercard of the areas hottest prospects including Kronk gym's Wilmer Torres (11-1), Undefeated female sensation Kara 'KO' Ro (7-0), world-rated Cornelius "K9" Bundrage (14-0), Marlon "Troubleman" Thomas (27-5) and the pro debut of former UFC heavyweight champion James "The Cannibal" Lee.
The event, named 'Kronk's Return to Glory,' was brought together as the brainchild of Boxing Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward and Detroit businessman Harley Brown. The event is promoted by ESCOT Promotions in association with 1st Round Productions. Tickets are priced from $15 to $150 for VIP Ringside. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (248)645-6666.
RE:Hearns to make pro debut (son)
Nov. 30, 2006, 1:15 PM ET
Ronald Hearns to fight on Taylor-Ouma cardBy Dan Rafael
Middleweight Ronald Hearns, the son of former champion Thomas Hearns, didn't start boxing professionally until the relatively late age of 25.
Now 27, Hearns (10-0, 8 KOs) is looking to make a serious move in his career. The first step was finding a promoter, which he did Thursday, signing an exclusive promotional agreement with Lou DiBella.
"I'm thrilled to be promoting Ronald Hearns," DiBella said in making the announcement. "Ronald didn't start fighting until after he graduated from college. He's a bright, well educated family man. He's also a terrific young athlete from Detroit named Hearns. Ronald needs frequent activity and some time to learn. DiBella Entertainment will provide him with both and we believe that in a short time the boxing world will know Ronald Hearns, the person and the championship caliber fighter."
Hearns' first fight under his new deal will come Dec. 9, when he will box on the untelevised undercard of middleweight champion Jermain Taylor's defense against former junior middleweight titleholder Kassim Ouma in Little Rock, Ark.
"I am very pleased my son has signed with DiBella Entertainment," Thomas Hearns said. "Ronald needs to gain exposure as he climbs his way through the ranks of the fight game. Being with DBE will give him the opportunity to do that."
Ronald Hearns boxed on a DiBella card in July, scoring a sixth-round knockout Hector Hernandez. Hearns is 3-0 so far this year and has kocked out six consecutive opponents.
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.
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RE:Hearns to make pro debut (son)
Hearns is all class. See him at casino all the time with his crew in a bright colored suit and he always take time away from the craps table to sign autographs.
Before the Pistons raised the ticket prices AGAIN this year and I cancelled my season tickets were right by Hearns and he ALWAYS would let people take photos with him and sign autographs during TOs or quarter/half time breaks. He even had one of his lackeys have a marker pen ready for people in case they did not have something for him to sign with.