It turns out that Vincent Pettway will be taking on a lot more than an "opponent" Wednesday night when boxing returns to the Pikesville Armory.
Frank Montgomery of Philadelphia is Pettway's competition in the 10-round junior middleweight feature of the Baltimore fTC Professional Bouts show, and his record (17-6) suggests he's no world beater.
A couple of months ago in Atlantic City, however, Montgomery was involved in a very close fight with Buddy McGirt before being stopped in the ninth round on a cut. Think back just a couple of nights ago when McGirt won the WBC welterweight title by soundly defeating heavy-hitting Simon Brown.
Before the McGirt effort, Montgomery messed up the immediate plans of highly regarded and unbeaten Ron Hammond by registering an eight-round decision over the kid in his hometown.
Pettway, 32-4 with 27 knockouts, is looking to stay sharp after a win at the armory in October and improve his No. 8 rating in the IBF rankings. He has looked the part of a confident and improved fighter since moving up in weight to 154 pounds.
The show is one of the biggest, rounds-wise, in these parts in years, a pair of eights supporting the main go. Percy Harris (14-2), the entertaining bomber from Rockville, will test Fabian Garcia (7-4) and Les Johnson (12-1) will have Ray Ruiz (6-3) to contend with.
A bout assured of providing crowd participation is a six-rounder pitting Lou Benson (16-9) against Butch Kelly (6-2). Both have strong neighborhood followings that take great delight in letting all know where their loyalties lie. While this one figures as a slugfest, another six pits classy lightweights Georgie Pindell (9-2) and Tracey Muse (8-3).
Also on the card in four-rounders are Wade Duncan, Cliff McPherson, Mike Whitfield, Edwin Griffin and others.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the bouts starting an hour later and tickets are priced at $30, $25 and $20 at the door or through TicketMaster.