When: Sun., Aug. 28 2011
At 29, Nick Duell seems like a righteous dude: He's thankful for his career, speaks kindly of his trainers, and is eager to expound on the benefits of a whole-foods diet. ("You should always read labels," he tells us. "If I can't pronounce the name of an ingredient, I don't eat it.") Still, fans of tonight's North American Allied Fight Series' fifth-annual "Rock 'n' Rumble" are likely to see a different side of the reigning welterweight champ: the side that plans to pummel the crap out of opponent Kyle Baker in the evening's main event. The title bout is just one of eight rumbles on tonight's professional card. (An amateur card includes five more.) The "rock" portion of the proceedings comes via national recording artists Jon Conner and Elijah Black. How does Duell, a Canton native, think he'll do in the full-contact, mixed martial arts melee? "Baker is tough, and it will be a good fight. But in the end, I'll be the one standing with my hand raised. That's about as humble as I can be." Doors open at 4:30; the music starts at 5:30, and the first fight is at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available by phone, online, or at the door, where a $10 upcharge applies. It's all happening at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. — Cicora 2014 Sycamore; 330-280-8442; naafs.biz.