Todd Poulton will box again at Wahconah Park
PITTSFIELD — The boxing bug has bitten Todd Poulton again.
Poulton, 52, has signed on to fight "Dangerous" Daniel Evans in a celebrity boxing match at Wahconah Park on Friday, Aug. 26.
The event, "Wrestling Under The Stars," is produced by Northeast Wrestling, and features seven wrestling matches on the undercard, according to promoter Michael Lombardi. The Poulton-Evans boxing match is the headline event.
The event will feature three rounds at one minute apiece.
Lombardi has promoted wrestling cards throughout the Northeast, including New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Other wrestlers involved in the undercard include three-time WCWA heavyweight champion Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Mick Foley and Cody Rhodes, son of WWE Hall-Of-Famer Dusty Rhodes.
Both Poulton and Lombardi took pains to point out that while the wrestling matches will feature, as they usually do, preordained finishes, the boxing match will not.
"No, this is real," said Poulton in a recent interview. "I want to beat this guy."
"My guy doesn't want to lose, I promise you," said Lombardi.
Poulton is 11-1 in celebrity boxing matches. His last bout was in 2011.
As he often does, Poulton will be donating his entire purse for a local cause. In this case, he is donating the purse to Christian Vonburg of Hinsdale, a senior at Wahconah Regional High School who is battling brain cancer.
"He's a fighter," said Poulton of Vonburg. "He was diagnosed at five, and he was given only a few years. But next spring, he will be graduating from high school.
"So I'm doing this fight for him, and to help knock out brain illnesses."
Evans is a wrestler now, but, according to Lombardi, he boxed in the Golden Gloves program as a young man.
"He has some experience in the boxing ring," said Lombardi of Evans.
Evans is also 27, almost half Poulton's age.
"I've been training hard," said Poulton, when asked if he feels ready for the bout. He has been training with former welterweight and super welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera for several months.
"I'm ready. I'm going to beat this guy," Poulton said.
Poulton will be throwing out the first pitch at the last Pittsfield Suns home game on Friday, Aug. 5.
Contact Derek Gentile at 413-528-6251.