On Saturday, September 21, the wait is over, as "The Hebrew Hammer," former IBC heavyweight champion Tim Puller, makes his return to the ring after nearly 13 years to face Yohan Banks on the latest hard-hitting edition of Roy Englebrecht Promotions’ Fight Club series at Little-Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington.
The six round heavyweight bout will mark the 44-year-old Puller’s first fight since his October 2000 match with Marvin Hunt.
Also on tap for what is shaping up to be the best pro boxing show to hit the Pacific Northwest in years is a Washington State Middleweight Championship bout between undefeated Tacoma prospect Mike Gavronski(12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Seattle’s Eddie Hunter (8-8-2, 2 KOs), and a clash of heavyweight unbeatens featuring Federal Way’s "Vicious" Vince Thompson(13-0, 2 KOs) against Los Angeles’ Charles Martin (9-0-1, 8 KOs).
One of the most popular big men of his era, the 6-foot-6 "Hebrew Hammer," Tim Puller (20-6, 11 KOs), who was born in Israel, took on all comers over the course of his career, including Chris Byrd, Tim Witherspoon, and Lou Savarese, thrilling fight fans from coast to coast. On September 21, he will return to the state of his greatest victory - his 1999 win over longtime contender James "Quick" Tillis - to begin the comeback of a lifetime.
38-year-old Californian Yohan Banks (6-8-3, 4 KOs) may not have the best looking record, but he has had plenty of success taking down hot prospects over the years, with his knockouts of former University of Miami football star Quadtrine Hill and 16-1-1 Skyler Anderson being the most notable. Now he will set his sights on spoiling the return of Tim Puller.
In other undercard action...
Top cruiserweight prospect Marquise Weston, who, after a big amateur career won his pro debut in May at Little-Creek, will look to go to 2-0 againstRichard Ballard a former Washington native now training in Los Angeles who will be making is pro debut. Also looking to stay perfect is Seattle’s Eric Dahlberg, who has won his two pro fights in the Skookum Event Center. He faces Long Beach’s Elliott Lemon (1-1).