‘Bronze Bomber’ makes Columbus debut Friday

March 5, 2009



Tickets are going fast for what could be the biggest boxing event in Columbus history. 




The main event will feature Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder -- the only American boxer to win a medal in the 2008 games -- in his second professional fight. 




Wilder will face Shannon Gray of Kentucky at the Trotter Convention center Friday night. 




Nearly all of the ringside tables -- which sell for $300 each -- have sold out. 




"They''re looking pretty good," said event promoter Oliver Miller. "I might have one table left." 




Those who have yet to get their hands on a ticket need not worry. Miller said he has plenty of general admission seating still available. 




"General admission is a little slow, but everyone can buy a ticket at the door," he said. "If anyone needs a ticket, I can get them one, one way or another."  




Miller is confident the event will be a huge success for the Friendly City. 




"If it''s not a sellout it will be real close," he said. 




Wilder, who hails from Tuscaloosa, Ala., is only one of several fighters making up Friday night''s card. 




Tickets are $25 for regular seating and can be purchased from Miller at 662-364-3443. The event will begin at the Trotter Convention Center at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Columbus Convention and Visitor''s Bureau, which approved a $10,000 grant to fund the event. 




Wilder went pro shortly after medaling in the Olympics. He has had one professional fight, televised by HBO, in which he won the fight by knocking out his opponent in the second round. 




Wilder stands 6 feet 7 inches and weighs in at around 210 pounds. He is signed with Golden Boy Productions, which is owned by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya.