Former Grove Ridgerunner Tim Bronson will return to the boxing ring this weekend as part of the "Clash At The Crossing" boxing match in Pittsburg, Kansas against Justin Ridgeway.
Bronson, a 2004 graduate of Grove High School, will take to the ring at 7 p.m., on Saturday, June 23, against Justin Ridgeway.
The bout is part of the first professional boxing card at Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel in Pittsburg, Kansas. The headliner for the evening is Jessie Cook from Seneca, Missouri.
For Bronson, this is a return trip to professional boxing after he experienced a recent injury.
“I tore my ACL playing with my daughter the day before I was supposed to fight,” said Bronson. “I’m 100 percent recovered and was supposed to fight in Grove in March before the card got pulled.”
Bronson has six years under his belt as a professional boxer and has a record of 3-8. He trains at Grove Boxing Club under the leadership of Jeremy Black and Jim Roach.
“Six of those fights were against undefeated guys,” said Bronson.
Before becoming a professional boxer, Bronson was an MMA fighter and was in the process of trying to cut a lot of weight for a fight.
Hard pressed to make his goal, his trainer asked if he wanted to fight some amateur exhibition boxing matches.
He started winning amateur fight before he decided to make his pro debut in 2013 winning against Darren DeLaune at the Rumble in the Asphalt Jungle at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center.
After his second professional fight lost from body shots, Bronson linked up with Roach who has cornered him for his third, fourth and fifth prefights.
Bronson known for his nickname "TNT" has never been knocked out. He believes he's well prepared for Saturdays match.
“Ridgway's record is 5-2 but he hasn’t fought as tough of guys as I have,” said Bronson. “Records don’t say everything.
“I’ve gotten so much better defensively since I’ve started boxing.”
Bronson is slated to fight in the co-main event which means he will fight right before the main event and will go for a full six rounds.
This will be his second six rounder of his career. He's also been doing conditioning runs at the Pryor High School track, where he currently lives.
The Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel is located at 1275 South Highway 69, Pittsburg, Kansas. Doors for the fight will open at 6 p.m. with boxing starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets, starting at $25, may be bought at the casino's website, at www.kansascrossingcasino.com.