There is elevator music and when there isn’t, there is elevator chatter when its occupants are going to and coming from sporting events. This journalist’s impression was that those who occupied the elevator on the way to the eighth floor of the Atheneum Hotel last night didn’t know the featured main event fighter, heavyweight Taylor Duerr, from Rootie Kazootie (a white, television puppet from the 1950s who wore his cap side-saddle fashion and thus, some theorize, was the inspiration for the fashion among homies three decades later).
For Detroit bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn, it had been a half-year of frustrating inactivity and two cancelled fights before finally getting into the ring last night and getting some much-needed work against a tough, meaningful opponent, Nick Otieno, 31-13, Kenya, who steadily moved forward and made O’Quinn, 8-0-1, work for his six-round win last night at Warren, Michigan’s DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center
Detroit bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn, 7-0-1, will make his maiden main-event go Friday night at Warren, Michigan’s DeCarlo’s Center, a Second to None Promotion, against a very experienced Nick Otieno, a 43-fight vet who has 31 wins and who has never been stopped. O’Quinn, inactive since August (two fights have fallen out on him), relishes the action, but sees no big handicap for in fighting a boxer with so much pro experience. O’Quinn had been hoping to fight eight rounders by now, but all will presumably be well if Otieno shows up. He hadn’ t shown at the weigh-in by seven o’clock, an hour-and-a-half after the designated time for the weigh-in.
It’s gone now: boxing in Detroit has been so marginalized and fractured into bits that it’s hard to imagine that the sport used to be the second most important in terms of fan interest in America.
But there was a time in Detroit when boxing was a decided, living phenomena in the lineaments of Detroit city life. Natives of a certain age will tell you that their father or uncle was a Detroit city Golden Gloves participant. Now, only the most diehard boxing buff could tell you the name of the heavyweight champion. (There are actually three heavyweight champions recognized by four sanctioning bodies—and this “confusion” is part of boxing’s problem).More