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BOXING Commings' comeback slated at Mountaineer



Published: Mon, August 8, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Six other fights are set on Thursday's card.

CHESTER, W. Va. -- Thursday night at the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort Ballroom, there will be a seven-bout pro boxing card with the first fight at 7:45 p.m.

The card will have most of the usual suspects of Gregg Nixon-promoted cards, including Aliquippa's Verquan Kimbrough and Rankin's Monty-Meza Clay.

Also on the card will be Columbus lightweight contender Michael Clark in a preliminary bout.

A super welterweight fight of interest to area boxing fans will have Youngstown's Roland Commings making another comeback against George "Da Butcher" Klinesmith in a four-rounder.

The two boxers previously met April 13, 2002, at Mountaineer when an accidental head butt to Commings' head had the judges go to their scorecards and call the bout a technical draw.

Since then, Commings, 39, had two more fights, the last one on Dec. 13, 2002.

In his last 11 bouts, he had 10 losses and that technical draw which made his record 22-22-3 with 10 knockouts.

There was a time when was an aspiring lightweight contender and it should be remembered that he gave top ranked Oba Carr all he could handle before losing a hard fought unanimous decision at Auburn Hills, Mich.

In France on Jan. 31, 1993, he fought an up and coming Ronald "Winky" Wright before losing a unanimous decision.

Now he and his family live in New Middletown so why take a fight with a guy nearly 11 years his junior?

"Because I still have fighting in my blood and Klinesmith represents unfinished business to me," Commings said. "Actually, this fight was originally to be Sept. 10, but somehow a guy got moved out and I received a telephone call out of the blue to take the fight for Thursday.

"Here I am with a week's notice taking on the guy and though he is a lot younger than me," Commings said. "I thought I should have whipped him the first time, so I took the fight.

"If I didn't feel I could beat the guy I wouldn't take the fight, but I always felt that way going into any fight," he said.

In the past week, Commings has been sparring with Darnell Boone and Ken Sigurani at the Southside Boxing Club.

"Only four rounds at a time," Commings said.

He has been running morning sprints and three miles at night, admitting, "My wind needs a little more work."

Klinesmith, from Wintersville, has a 20-9-3 record with 13 knockouts. He has had 12 fights since he last fought Commings.

Another Youngstown fighter, welterweight Durrell Richardson, will be on the card against an opponent to be named.




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