GROVE — A professional boxing show in Grove Saturday, Nov. 26, has been postponed, according to Jim Roach with the Grove Boxing Club.
“We had a couple opponents fall out at the last minute and we weren’t able to get other opponents lined back up,” Roach said. “They called late Friday night and we had to have everything turned in by Monday morning.”
The show was to have featured Four State Franchise members Jesse Cook and Jarrett Rouse as well as unbeaten super lightweight Jimmy Roach.
“Mr. Holden (promoter Tony Holden) and I have talked about a postponement date,” Roach said. “We’re not sure exactly how soon that is going to be because we don’t want it to interfere with the Dec. 10 show.”
Four State Franchise members Trey Lippe Morrison, Dillon Cook and Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk will be the featured fighters in a Dec. 10 card at Buffalo Run Casino.
This would have given Jesse Cook and Rouse a chance to get in some much needed work.
"I'm at the point where I can't get them all at the Buffalo Run in one night," Holden said in an interview with the Grove Sun. “I thought it was a good idea. It builds fans. I think it’s a good outlet for us, when I can’t get them on at The Run."
“We are excited about it,” Roach said. “I think it’s going to be a great deal, both for my shows down here and for Tony’s guys on the Four State Franchise.”
Jesse Cook (15-1-1) has been idle since June 25, when he crushed Bulmaro Solis at 0:57 of the third round.
Cook originally was to have faced Lenwood Dozier of Baltimore, but Solis was plugged in at the last minute.
The first round was a feeling-out period for both boxers, and then Cook began to take charge in the second.
Rouse, a welterweight, battled Noel Esqueda of Wichita, Kansas, to a six-round split draw on the June 25 card.
Rouse, dropping to 9-0-1, was hit below the belt three times in the first three rounds by Esqueda.
Jimmy Roach hasn’t been in action since April 29 when he knocked out Dean Risher at 1:10 of the first round in a card at the Grove Civic Center.
“He’s getting there,” Jim Roach said. “He’s 4-0 with four KOs. We were looking at an ABA state championship this time.”