Wittenberg, WI , August 31, 2015– On Saturday, August 29, 2015, Star Native American Boxer, JJ “The Native Sensation” Corn (Menominee) CEO of RezBoy Promotions promoted his first event Saturday Night Showdown at the Ho Chunk Casino in Wittenberg, WI. This was the first event of any kind held at the new casino which was built 2008.
This was a very unique fight card featuring all professional Native American boxers from across the region. The event did not disappoint and left the fans in attendance clamoring for the next boxing event. The evening started off with the traditional Ho Chunk Warriors’ song performed by the Lake Delton Singers as USMC Veteran Corwin Roth presented the American flag for the flag song.
The predominately Native American crowd was thrilled to find out that the night’s announcer was none other than NIGA Chairman, Ernie Stevens JR. “Mr. Stevens was an outstanding addition to a stellar night of fights.” Stated Tracy Pecore, event coordinator for the Ho Chunk Casino. Mr. Stevens shared anecdotes and stories from his days in the boxing ring, as well as acknowledging several high profile Native American athletes and celebrities in the crowd.
JJ Corn stated before the fights stated that “These are all 50/50 matchups, meaning any fighter can win. That’s the way it should be!” The show was exactly that. The audience was whipped into an absolute frenzy as Lucas St. Claire knocked out Travis McCullough at 2:10 in the second round. Next, Ira Frank caught Alonzo Scott with a devastating right hook that ended his aspirations of winning at 1:33 in the first round. The third bout of the night featured Daniel Denny winning by TKO over Starr Roberts at 2:58 in the first round. Then what can only be described as “The Fight of the Night” Ho Chunk Boxer, Mike Thunder made an impressive professional debut by beating Oneida boxer Oni Webster by Majority Decision after 4 rounds of action. The brutal main event was decided in favor of Robert Frankel over David Laque as Laque’s corner threw in the towel at 1:48 in the second round.
The event was regulated by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Department of Athletic Regulation. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have one of the premier sovereign athletic commissions and has long track record of helping other tribes regulate their athletic events. “I think it is great when tribes are able to work together, like we did tonight. The Mille Lacs Band and the Ho Chunk Nation have shown that tribes are capable of exercising their rights as two sovereign nations. When I left my tribe (Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Sports Commission), I wanted to make sure that we continued the work of the commission and (former director) Jim Erickson by reaching out to tribes that need help regulating events and teaching them how to exercise their sovereignty.” Said Matt Roberson, Executive director for the Mille Lacs Boxing Commission.
What’s next for RezBoy Promotions? As word spreads about the event, JJ will probably be courted by several casinos across the country but mentioned he is happy where he is at. “We had some very hectic moments, I’m sure I have a few more gray hairs. But in the end, it was a success. The Ho Chunk casino was great, Tracy was amazing to work with, the commission helped out tremendously and I wouldn’t mind coming back here soon!”