By Rick Sheek
JOHNSON CITY — Three hard-slugging young men from Carter County highlight the card for Saturday night’s third-annual Deacon Bowers-Cobb Riddle Boxing Championships at the Elizabethton Parks & Recreation Department.
Bell time is 6 p.m. The doors open a half hour earlier.
“The first two years have been great for us,” Johnson City Athletic Club coach Scott Vance said on Wednesday. “This year, I think, is going to be a little bit better – a lot more people there. We’re getting it out more.
“We’re trying to get boxing back in Elizabethton, if we can. I’d like to try to do that, get the community out.”
Stoney Creek’s Ty Breland, 13, is a featured attraction. At 201 pounds, the Hampton Elementary student has five fights under his belt.
“I’m looking forward to it, because it’s my first real home show,” Breland said. “I’ve fought in Johnson City, but I haven’t fought in Elizabethton. I’m looking forward to fighting in front of all my friends and everybody coming there.”
Breland faces a rematch with Caleb Clay of Huntsville. Breland defeated the 15-year-old in their previous meeting in Alabama.
“He’s got a lot of potential. He’s going to get a lot bigger,” Vance said of Breland. “Probably we’re looking at super heavyweight when he is 15-16-years old.”