PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Boxing is set to make a historic comeback at the Expo and fittingly Portland will play a big part.
Three pro fighters with ties to the Portland Boxing Club will be on the undercard for Saturday's first professional event at the Expo in more than 20 years.
Unbeaten middleweights Russell Lamour (5-0, Deering alum), 2008 National Golden Gloves flyweight champion Jorge Abiague (3-0), and Biddeford native Jimmy Smith will fight for the first time in Maine as pros.
For someone like Lamour, who's fought all over the world, it's been a moment he's been looking forward to for a long time.
"I've been wanting to fight at home for years now. You know, it's been a lot of times since I fought out here, so it needs to be that time right now. I need to fight now," said Lamour.
The main event will feature super featherweight Ryan Kielczewski of Quincy, Massachussetts, who's 17-0 as a pro. The other Mainer on the pro card is West Forks' Brandon Berry. The super featherweight is 3-0 since turning pro.
For him and the other Mainers like Lamour, who know of the history at the Expo, they're privileged to be a part of the venues next chapter as it pertains to boxing.
"It's an honor and at the same time a lot of the old fighters that fought at the Expo are going to be there. So, at the same time, I've got to do real good just to give them a good show. You know, get that respect."
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets can be purchased in person at Merrill Auditorium or Bruno's Restaurant and Tavern, by phone at Port Tix (842-0800), or online (www.porttix.com).