Former five-time world boxing champion Virgil (Quicksilver) Hill is scheduled to make a trip to Brandon next week.
Brandon Boxing Club owner Noel Harding will welcome the International Boxing Hall of Famer to his club on Tuesday as Hill — a living legend in North Dakota boxing circles — hits the Wheat City to promote his company’s Sept. 6 pro boxing card at the Sky Dancer Casino in Belcourt, N.D. That event will feature Harding — sporting a perfect 4-0 pro record with three straight first-round knockouts — battling American Starr Roberts (0-3) in the co-main event prior to the headline bout between Virgil Hill Jr. (3-0) and Catlyn Little Eagle (1-1). Since retiring from the sport with a 50-7 record, including 23 knockouts, Hill — a silver medallist in the 1984 Olympic Games — and his wife have started their own boxing promotion company at home in North Dakota and are helping revitalize the sport south of the border.
“(Hill) will be doing a lot of cards in the (North Dakota) area, so that’s great,” said Harding, who hopes to put on a show in the middleweight (160 pounds) bout and become a regular on Hill’s pro cards. “I was speaking to him today and they have decided to come up to promote the fight … so they will be here to put up posters and get the word out and I will welcome them to my club. …
“He was the world champion, so he had quite the status and he’s quite the guy, so this should be good.”
There’s a chance that Hill and his son may even put in a workout at Harding’s gym next week.
“I have invited them down there, so they may be doing some training, as far as I understand,” the 34-year-old Harding said. “I put it out there that maybe we can do some sparring, but it’s pretty close to the (Sept. 6) fight, so it’s hard to say. But I know they are coming for sure.”
The 5-foot-7, 160-pound Harding hopes to run his record to 5-0 next week and continue his climb up the pro boxing ranks.
“I’m the co-main event, so I am the second-last fight of the night, so it should be a good event,” said Harding, whose last three fights have all been in North Dakota, including two previous bouts at the Sky Dancer Casino. “It will be a six-rounder at 160 (pounds), so I am looking forward to it.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 28, 2014