By Ricardo Ibarra
On Thursday evening at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, Pacific Northwest amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (3-0, 3 KOs) will headline a boxing card as a professional for the first time in his young career, taking on former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-28-1, 16 KOs) in the six round main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am show.
Ferguson, who in 2015 claimed the U.S.A National heavyweight title in his hometown of Spokane, Washington, turned pro in April of this year and has racked up three straight wins since, scoring stoppages in all three bouts and winning them all within two rounds. In his last fight Ferguson stopped Pendleton, Oregon’s Justin Milani in the second round. With his last three opponents having a combined experience of five pro fights, though, this upcoming fight will mark a considerable step up in competition for Ferguson.
Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams, of Detroit, Michigan, began his career fifteen years ago and went unbeaten in his first nineteen fights before getting stopped by Epifanio Mendoza on June 13, 2003 in a bid for the vacant WBA-NABA super middleweight title. Williams rebounded with a seven fight win-streak and positioned himself to get a crack at the IBF world 168 lbs title then held by Jeff Lacy. Williams lost to Lacy on March 05, 2005 by TKO in the seventh round, but gave a good account of himself in an exciting and competitive fight. Williams fought for a title again in January of 2007, drawing with Antwon Echols for the vacant IBA super middleweight strap. Williams suffered defeats against two notable opponents in next two fights, dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Allen Green in January of 2008 and losing to Andre Ward in the seventh round in March of the same year. Unfortunately for Williams those losses kicked off a twenty six fight losing streak that up until now he has been unable to break. In his most recent fight in February of this year he lost by KO in the fourth to Scott Conner of Indiana.
Ferguson and Williams will fight in a six round bout in the cruiserweight division.
In the semi-main event, Montana prospect Duran Caferro, Jr. (14-1, 11 KOs), of Helena, Montana, will return to the ring after a year long hiatus from the sport, fighting a rematch with journeyman Daniel Gonzalez (12-38-2, 4 KOs), of Billings, Montana. The two fought in January of last year for the vacant Montana state middleweight title, with Caferro taking a six round unanimous decision. Caferro has not fought since August of last year when he stopped Omar Avelar in fourth round. Gonzalez, meanwhile, will also look to shake off some mild ring rust, having not fought since December of last year when he lost to Josh Torres via third round TKO in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They will meet in a six rounder at 152 lbs.
Jon Jay Mount (2-1, 1 KO), who is the head of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions, will pull double duty serving as event promoter and also fight in a four round bout against Tyson Flatness, of Lame Deer, Montana. Mount, of nearby Billings, has not fought since scoring a first round KO over Arnold Sisneros in June of 2008. Flatness is making his professional boxing debut but has a lengthy MMA background.
Rounding out the remainder of the pro portion of the card will be a four round women’s lightweight bout between local fighter Megan Martin and former area resident Wamnee Ereaux, who now resides in Tucson, Arizona. Both are making their pro debuts. The rest of the card will feature four amateur bouts.
Tickets to Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ “Fight Night at Fort Belknap Casino” can be purchased at the Fort Belknap Casino or by calling 406-301-0904 or 406-673-3314. Doors to the event are scheduled to open 3 p.m. with the first fight set to start at 5 p.m.