ST. PAUL (AP) -- Down for the count for nearly the past decade, pro boxing is coming back to St. Paul.
Boxing promoters and arena officials announced Monday the sport will return to Roy Wilkins Auditorium for the first time in nearly 10 years.
The "River City Rumble" will be held Jan. 31 at Roy Wilkins, with the fight card featuring a pair of local fighters, Anthony Bonsante of Shakopee and Matt Vanda of East St. Paul.
"I think the town's ready for it. I really do," said promoter Tommy Brunette.
Chris Hansen, an Xcel Energy Center official who teamed with Brunette to organize the event, is hoping for a boxing rebirth in St. Paul. The plan is to have a series of fights with one every couple of months over the course of the year.
"Ultimately we'd like to put together a card that's big enough to be in the Xcel Energy Center and put a couple of world championship fights on it," Hansen said.
The last fight held at Roy Wilkins Auditorium was on April 9, 1992, when Minnesota's Mike Evgen defeated Louie Lomeli for the International Boxing Organization's junior welterweight title. Minnesota hasn't hosted a world title bout since 1980, when Larry Holmes defeated Scott LeDoux.
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