Paschall, Shiflett gear up for bouts


May 13, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Middleweight Mike Paschall and cruiserweight Russ Shiflett are longtime friends, but for the past 10 days, they have sparred like bitter enemies.

"They were really tearing into each other, going all out," said Jake Smith, who witnessed their sessions at his Baltimore Boxing Club. "They're more than ready to punish somebody else now."

They'll get an opportunity to do that tomorrow night, when Smith promotes his first entirely pro show at Du Burns Arena.

Shiflett, a Dundalk resident, will go after his seventh professional victory in as many bouts against Joe Blyther (7-3) of Washington. Paschall will make his professional debut against Mike Gutrick (3-3, three knockouts) of Baltimore.

A Pasadena resident, Paschall is coming off an 82-15 amateur career that included wins in 28 of his last 29 bouts.

In other fights, 6-foot-6, 240-pound heavyweight James Thompson (2-2, two KOs) meets Clarence Goins (5-7) of North Carolina, and Baltimore junior lightweight Angel McNamara (2-0, one KO) takes on Tanitia Austin of Tampa, Fla.

Ellicott City junior lightweight Mike Ricasa and Baltimore middleweight Tony Cygan are also on the card, with each making his professional debut.

Tickets for the show range from $25 to $100. For more information, call 410-375-9175.

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