Detroit’s very own Tony Harrison is set for his first taste of Championship boxing this coming Friday, when he takes on the highly experienced, former WBO/UBO/IBA Champion, Bronco McKart for the Interim World Boxing Union Middleweight title, at the Cobo Centre in Downtown Detroit.
Harrison, who is unbeaten in seventeen, earned his shot at the WBU title with a sensational second round stoppage victory, over former Contender star and former NABF, IBA and IBO Light Middleweight Champion Grady Brewer, back in February.
On May 30th the Detroit puncher, with an enviable fourteen of his victories coming by way of stoppage, will be looking to emulate his grandfather Henry Hank, who beat Joey Giardello at the very first boxing event to take place at the Cobo on the 5th July 1961.
Bronco McKart, Harrison’s opponent this Friday, is by far the more experienced of the pair, having fought sixty seven times, during which time he secured numerous Domestic, International, Inter-Continental and World accolades, including the Michigan State Welterweight, NABF at both Light Middleweight and Middleweight, WBA International, WBF Inter-Continental titles as well as the IBA, WBO and UBO World Crowns in his twenty two year career.
Speaking earlier World Boxing Union President, Don Lewis said of the intriguing match-up,
‘It’s an honor that a World Boxing Union Championship fight will headline the first boxing event at the Cobo Center, since it’s multi million dollar refurbishment.
What’s more this is a genuinely interesting Championship bout, I mean it’s not often that you get a 23 year old unbeaten rising star making his Championship debut against a savvy three time World Champion.
The fans are going to love this fight, it will be an action packed affair, although there is a high chance that it may be over inside the distance.
Both Tony and Bronco are big punchers and both have a high percentage of stoppage wins, Tony fourteen out of seventeen and Bronco thirty four out of his fifty six wins to date.
I wish both men the best and look forward to crowning one of them the Interim World Boxing Union Middleweight Champion on Friday.”
COBO CENTER AND GREEKTOWN CASINO SUPPORT KP BOXING IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT
“New Center Rising” is the motto of the shiny newly refurbished structure on the Detroit River formally known as Cobo Hall/Arena.
The multi million dollar remake has become the jewel of Downtown Detroit, and they’re only three quarters through with the Renaissance.
The Cobo Center’s general manager, Thom Connors, has put together a team of experts that will guarantee success for years to come.
Boxing at Cobo is nothing new according to boxrec.com 45 bouts have been held at Cobo Hall, Cobo Arena in the Riverview ballroom.
Over the years many household names fought at the Cobo, Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns fought at Cobo 4 times, including back to back title fights against Doug DeWitt (NABF) and Dennis Andries (WBC) and Jimmy Paul won the IBF Lightweight title there.
Others who battled at the Cobo include; Roberto Duran, Milton McCrory, Dwight Davison, Bernard “Superbad” Mays, Alvin “Blue” Lewis, Hegemon Lewis and Ruslan Chagaev (2006), who went on to win the WBA Heavyweight Title in 2007, whilst Sugar Ray Robinson, Laila Ali, Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Floyd Mayweather Jr all fought at the Cobo during their early careers.