Lionell Thompson, a Buffalo boxer who is a nationally ranked light heavyweight, will meet Toronto's Jonathan Rego in the main event of the "Battle of Champions" amateur card, starting at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at McKinley High School.
The fight will be a rematch for Rego and Thompson. The Canadian fighter won a split decision in last year's Nickel City Challenge.
Also on the card: Two-time New York Golden Glove champion Excell Holmes will take on Canadian super heavyweight Frankie Rill, and U.S. middleweight Nick Brinson will face Ontario champion Jerome Gabriel.
General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of event, and ringside tickets are $25. They may be purchased at the Pearl Street Grill or online at www.diaab.com.
Julie Gehring, a Williamsville East student, finished first overall in the 14-15 age division of the Jack Shea Sprint Memorial Race last weekend at Lake Placid.
Speed skating races of 500 and 1,000 meters were held Saturday and Sunday on the long track outdoors. The 15-year-old finished second in both events Saturday and won both events Sunday.
The event is named for the former Olympian from Lake Placid.
BASEBALL: Hitting coach Bob Plezia will present a three-hour clinic for coaches, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 26 at New Era Park in Depew. Each participant will receive a copy of Plezia's book, "A Plan to Develop a Hitter." Fees range from $60 to $85 at the door. Call 681-3001, or e-mail email@example.com.
BASKETBALL: A boys AAU 14-under team is forming for the areas of Alden, Lancaster, West Seneca, Elma and East Aurora. Call 652-5732. . . . Tryouts for the Buffalo Defenders 13-under (as of Jan. 1, 2007) team will be held Jan. 20 and 21 at noon at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St. Call Larry Hughes at 688-1183. . . . Players needed for Tuesday and Friday leagues at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave. Call Rick at 692-4549.
FOOTBALL: Alumni of the Gowanda Youth Football program will host a 40-year reunion banquet on Jan. 27 at the VFW Club, starting at 6 p.m. Call Mark Benton (532-4053) for tickets before Jan. 20.
HOCKEY: Holiday and Leisure rinks are accepting teams for the weekend division of the Molson Senior Hockey League. This new non-checking recreational league will play games on Saturday and Sunday nights. Games will begin on Feb. 25 and teams will play a 12-game schedule. Call 685-3660.
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