As with all good boxing, or any confrontational sport, for that matter, Friday night's bouts at Target Center are rife with built-in drama. There's going to be pride and pain on the line as four fighters duke it out for a big pugilistic payday, and plenty of undercard fighters look to make a name for themselves as well. Canadian heavyweight Larry "Razor" Sharpe comes south of the border to take on Duluth's Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters, who not that long ago lost his chance to challenge for the WBC light heavyweight title. But the most noteworthy match pits Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell against Raphael "The Silencer" Butler. That fight in particular will be gripping and emotional as the fighters' careers are intersecting at Target Center on opposite trajectories. Butler peaked as an amateur back in 2004 when he won the super heavyweight Golden Gloves, but his professional career has been checkered and he has lost his last two fights. Abell, on the other hand, is riding a string of five knockout victories, including three in the first round. Other fights on the eight-bout card include several up-and-coming fighters trying to get their careers going, such as the electric Gary Eyer whose young career is off to a fast 6-0-1 start.
Fri., Dec. 4, 6 p.m., 2009