Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Massacre boxing event March 9 in Loves Park

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Most of us have heard of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. That’s old news. On Saturday evening, March 9, there’s a new massacre in town. It’s called The Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Massacre, and it will take place at the Fusion Sports Complex, 7435 Clinton Road, in Loves Park.

The 5,000-seat arena is hosting an evening of professional boxing with fighters coming from Ireland, Mexico and the United States. The main event features 30-year-old Rockford native Skylar “The Black Irish Prince” Thompson versus 36-year-old Steve “The Spoiler” Walker. Walker is fighting out of Hannibal, Mo. This unification bout will be for the Irish Boxing Foundation and the World Boxing Bureau Middleweight Championship of the World.

The veteran Walker has a professional record of 26 wins (18 knockouts) and 29 losses. The less experienced Thompson’s professional record is 12 wins (10 knockouts) and seven losses.

Several other fights will make up the under card, including another Rockford fighter, Josh “The Aztec Warrior” Rodriguez, competing for a World Welterweight title. Kenny Council, Thomas Miller and Markus Coney will be battling Irish boxers Anthony “Anto” Cacace, Joe “The Faith” Hillerby, Ray “Sugar” Ginley and Eddie “Top Gun” Nesbitt. All of them have boxed internationally as amateurs. This will be their first opportunity to enter the ring as professionals.

General admission tickets are $10. Third- and fourth-row seats are $15. Ringside seats are $30.

A limited number of $50 VIP tickets are still available. The VIP tickets include barbecue ribs, smoked turkey and beef brisket, dirty rice, potato salad and smoked baked beans supplied by Skylar Thompson Knockout BBQ Catering. Doors open at 7 p.m.

To purchase tickets in advance, you may call Tony at (815) 742-4424 or Skylar Thompson at (779) 772-1324.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Feb. 27-March 5, 2013, issue

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