Saturday, February 2, 7 p.m.
Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center, 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport IA
With its main event touted as “the biggest pro boxing event in the Quad Cities in over 20 years,” homegrown talents Limberth Ponce and Stephen Edwards square off in the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center's battle royale Destiny: Live Professional Boxing – a February 2 clash of the titans presented by Alien Boi Boxing and Calkins Sports Productions and boasting additional exciting bouts for area boxing fans.
With his current record of 16-3 with 10 knockouts, Rock Island's 27-year-old Limberth has been a fan favorite in the Quad Cities since his pro debut in nearly seven years ago. Amassing a record of 95-24 as an amateur, Ponce won the 2012 Chicago Golden Gloves Championship before his professional career began, becoming the first Quad Cities boxer in more than a decade to do so. Ponce's bouts have subsequently been televised on ESPN and the CBS Sports Network, and last October, he took to the ring in the main-event fight of “All In,” the first pro-boxing card ever held at the Rhythm City Casino Resort.
A resident of Davenport, Edwards boasted an amateur record of 35-7, and had his first professional bout in May of 2015 at Danceland Ballroom. After fighting Jason Louck to a draw, Edwards defeated his opponent the following September, and has consequently enjoyed an undefeated career as a pro with a record of 10-0 with one draw. Edwards has also developed a significant following of Quad Cities fans who have seen him win the Continental Boxing Association Super-Middleweight title along with the Mid-American Middleweight Championship. In addition to his pro career, Edwards also operates Davenport's Stunning Boxing Clu, teaching fundamentals of boxing and life to area youths.
In addition to the Limberth v. Edwards main event, Destiny: Live Professional Boxing will feature an exciting under-card featuring East Moline's “Smokin” Joe Perez (13-3-1), Rock Island's Eddie Hamilton (4-0), Davenport's Shawn West (2-0), Sterling's Alfredo Cervantes in his pro-heavyweight debut, Joe Munoz and Randy Meade of Davenport. and a female bout featuring the debuts of Davenport's Kristine Iron-Rood and Galesburg's Julie Guiste.
Destiny: Live Professional Boxing begins at 7 p.m. on February 2, general admission is $25 with ringside and reserved-row seating $40-75, and more tickets are available by calling (563)328-8000 or visiting RhythmCityCasino.com.