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November 20, 2013

All-star kickboxing lineup on tap for Saturday night

Locals Taylor, Kimmons and Freiburger among those on card

LOCKPORT —

Not one, but four main event fights are on tap for this Saturday’s “The Next Generation” kickboxing event at the Kenan Arena. The event that is produced by local promotions company Lace Up Promotions will be the first of its kind and historic in its nature due to it also featuring five professional bouts. 
United States Light Heavyweight Champion, Amer Abdallah and his team decided not to fight on this card due to the sale of Abdallah’s Lockport Athletic & Fitness club.
“Lockport is fortunate to have a community minded, family based owner to take our local health club to new heights. I wanted to give Greg (Jones) my complete focus to ensure he takes over the club with all the tools he needs to remain the best club in town,” he said.
To fill the main event slot, Abdallah reached out to the biggest names in the sport and bring them to the Lock City.
Four main events are on tap including UFC, Bellator, & Strikeforce veteran Mark Stevens taking on Buffalo’s KO Kid, Jason Bauman. “This fight has all the ingredients for an all out war” Abdallah said.
Stevens, who is prepping himself for a return to the big stage and a UFC title shot is taking a stand up fight to help improve his striking ability. 
Lockport’s “Son of a Legend” Joe Taylor, coming off of a brutal first round knockout victory last June, is making his highly-anticipated comeback against heavy handed Sabir Bassi of Ultimate Martial Arts in Toronto.
“Bassi is heavy handed and dangerous” Abdallah said. “We’re going to answer a lot of the hype and find out how good Joe Taylor is next Saturday.”
WKA World amateur Middleweight champion and longest reigning knockout king, Kevin VanNostrand makes his return to Lockport in his second professional fight against Buffalo’s Jeff Denz.

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