GROVE — Kenzie Morrison, who has been a member of the Four State Franchise, will fight in the main event of “Bedlam on Grand Lake: Episode 1” Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Grove Civic Center.
Morrison (12-0-2) will face Ronny Hale of Austin, Texas, in a six-round heavyweight battle.
This will be Morrison’s first action since Aug. 25, when he got a first-round knockout against Roberto White as part of a nationally televised boxing show that originated from downtown Miami.
That was the 11th career knockout for Morrison.
Hale (3-9-0, 3 KOs) lost a unanimous decision to unbeaten Cuban Roberto Alfonso on Dec. 29 at the Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, Louisiana.
The card will be a showcase of northeast Oklahoma boxing talent.
In addition to Morrison, who now calls Tulsa his home, heavyweight Jimmie Roach of Grove, welterweights Jeramiah Black of Jay and Austin Ward of Kansas and Shane Charles of Pryor will be featured.
Roach is 5-0, with all five wins coming by knockout.
“Jimmie is very heavy handed,” promoter Eric Lenington of Bedlam Promotions said. “He’s knocked out all five of his opponents. The longest he has gone is 1:32 into the second and he knocked out one of his opponents in 13 seconds.
“He’s a pretty tough kid for sure.
Roach has been paired against Demetrius Wilson of Florissant, Missouri, in a six-rounder.
This will be the pro boxing debut for Wilson, but he has a background in mixed martial arts, Lenington said.
Black, Charles and welterweight Daniel Miranda of Rogers, Arkansas, will also be making their pro debuts.
Black faces Kansan Austin Ward in a four-round welterweight fight.
Charles and Miranda have been paired in another four-round welterweight skirmish.
“We’ve got four amateur fights to start off the night, which starts at 6 p.m. then the pro fighters start at 7:30,” Lenington said.
This is the realization of a longtime dream of Lenington and his business partner, Shawn Younger.
“We always wanted to go into business for ourselves and this is our opportunity to do something and bring good activities to the Grand Lake area,” said Lenington, who has a background in information technology.
The other fight on the pro side of the card pits welterweights Zack Shurtz (1-0-1) of Springfield, Missouri, against Drake Heitfield (0-2-1) of Emporia, Kansas.
Amateur fighters will be from the Grove Boxing Club, Heartland Boxing Club in Galena, Kansas, ME Boxing in Kansas City, and the Fight Game Boxing Club in Springfield, Missouri.
Heartland is coached by Dallas Cook and it’s the home gym of Dillon and Jesse Cook, charter members of the Four State Franchise.
This is the first of a six-part “Bedlam on Grand Lake” series the pair have planned.
General admission/after-fight party tickets are $27.50. Adult general admission is $20 and $10 for children 11 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Lenington said the next card in the series would be March 27, also at the Grove Civic Center.