Hearns comes out of dad’s shadow

The big fight card taking place in the Cayman Islands next week is shaping up as an excellent night of boxing.

Not only will super-middleweight prospects Andre Ward and Jerson Ravelo meet at Pageant Beach on June 20, but heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Raphael Butler will also collide. Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is also on the bill.

The undercard will also see the return of former world champion Wayne ‘Pocket Rocket’ McCullough and, if this were not enough action, Ronald ‘The Chosen One’ Hearns will also be fighting. A real value for money card put on by Goossen Tutor in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Tourist Board.

Hearns, the unbeaten light-middleweight talent, at last takes a step up in class. The 18-0 (14KOs) son of the legendary Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hearns will face Jose Luis Gonzalez 12-3-1(10) of Kansas.

Hearns, 29, will be meeting a fighter who is both young and ambitious. Gonzalez, 26, will be presenting Hearns with his potentially toughest fight yet.

Never stopped in his 16 pro bouts, Gonzalez is a capable fighter who has been in with good opppostition.

Hearns, who turned pro in 2004, the same year as Gonzalez, has been guided carefully thus far. He has appeared on some big cards, but never against anyone expected to beat him. He has looked good, however, even though he isn’t blessed with his father’s awesome power.

Tickets start at CI$10 with ringside seats costing CI$100. Tickets can be purchased from Funky Tangs, Standard by Atlantic and the Department of Tourism offices at Windward 3, Regatta Office Park.

Local sponsors of Cayman Knockout include Cayman Free Press, Spin FM, Vibe FM, Tropicana Tours, the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Comfort Suites, Tropical Shipping, Thompson Line, Coconut Car Rentals, Ministry of Sports, Gatorade and Caybrew.

For more information on Cayman Knockout, visit www.caymanislands.ky/knockout or call the Department of Tourism on 949-0623.

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