News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 15, 2011

Amateur boxing card set for outdoors at Show-Me's

David Hughes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — We all know what Show-Me’s sports bar is famous for around Terre Haute, right?

Chicken wings, of course.

But tonight it will be the site of an outdoor amateur boxing card — advertised as the “Show-Me’s Summer Slugfest” — which starts at 8 o’clock. Gates to the fenced-off boxing area will open at 7. Additional parking will be available in the nearby Gartland Foundry lot.

“We were looking for something different to do in the middle of summer,” Terre Haute Show-Me’s co-owner Mike Connolly explained. “We thought this was a good fit for us… If this goes well, we might try to do it more than once next year.”

This will be a busy weekend for the restaurant/bar, which also is putting on the outdoor “Show-Me’s Summer Music Festival” featuring seven Wabash Valley bands from 3:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

As for tonight’s boxing, three Terre Haute fighters are on the card — Ryan Jewett in the open heavyweight class, Tucker Ray in the senior 165-pound class and Zac Purdy in the novice 141-pound class.

Jewett is the reigning Indiana Golden Gloves champion in the super-heavyweight division. He’ll take on Willie Jake of the Indy Pal team tonight.

Ray, 16, owns an 8-1 amateur record. He is a former Indiana Silver Gloves champion in his weight class. His opponent will be Jesse Ivy of the Rock’em Sock’em Boxing Club out of Evansville.

A total of 13-15 bouts should take place.

Event coordinator Mike King said he, Connolly and the other Show-Me’s co-owner, Tim Drake, started discussing the possibility of organizing a boxing card back in February.

“Boxing had been something they were interested in for quite a while,” said King, who will serve as tonight’s ring announcer. “I think this is going to be really good.”

Tickets cost $15 for the 600 or so seats that will surround the ring. The Show-Me’s patio will be used for reserved VIP tables, which seat four and cost $150 per table.

King, who said there will be a cover for the ring if weather becomes an issue, expects the card to last about 2 1/2 hours.

• Weatherford camp — The Vigo County School Corp. Steve Weatherford All-Star Football Camp is slated for Saturday at Terre Haute North High School.

Weatherford, an NFL punter and North graduate, will run the camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Vigo County high school student-athletes.

Other recent and current NFL players planning to help with the free camp are Marquice Cole, Danny Woodhead, Rob Ninkovich, Jason Davis, Nick Folk and Jamie Petrowski of Terre Haute.

Coaches from Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South and West Vigo high schools will be assisting Weatherford.

For more information, call Mick Newport at the Vigo County School Corp. today at (812) 208-0888.

David Hughes can be reached after 4 p.m. by phone at 1-800-783-8742, Option 4, or at (812) 231-4224; by e-mail at; or by fax at (812) 231-4321.