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Posted on Sat, Jul 20, 2013 : 12:45 p.m.

A-Square Fight Club hosts Friday night boxing in Ypsilanti

By Pete Cunningham


Northend boxer Casanovis Williams hits A-Square fighter LaSean Holmes in the seventh bout on Friday, July 19.

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LaSean Holmes sat with an ice pack under his eye.

Face swollen and dripping with sweat, he smiled wide.

Thomas, a member of A-Square Fight Club, had just had his boxing match with Casanovis Williams stopped in the third round. It was the only fight of the eight that night to end before the final bell, but Holmes was optimistic after trading big blows with his opponent.

“I’ve only been boxing for a month and a half,” Holmes said. “That was my first (fight).”

Williams, by comparison, was fighting in his sixth-ever bout. The heavy punches drew plenty of praise from the crowd of 100 or so fans, most of whom were pulling for Holmes.

“That was worth the price of admission. That’s worth my $10," said one woman in the audience.


Northend boxer Omari Ford climbs into the ring for first bout of the A-Square Fight Club Boxing Showcase on Friday, July 19.

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There were eight fights on the card at the Battle of A-Square II boxing showcase at the A-Square Fight Club in Ypsilanti on Friday. Though all three bouts involving fighters from A-Square Fight Club ended in the opposition’s favor, gym owner and operator Eric McGuire — like Holmes — was optimistic.

“(Holmes) is getting way better,” McGuire said. “All the guys who fought tonight, they did well.”

McGuire moved the gym's location to its Ypsilanti location less than two years ago, at 2287 Ellsworth Road, makes the name of the A-Square Fight Club gym seem a little odd, the new location has plenty of benefits, too.

“It’s just a lot more visible here,” said McGuire. “We get some walk-in from people, whereas our last location was kind of hidden. People couldn’t really find it.”

The new gym is also significantly larger then the old Jackson Road location with room for seating, allowing A-Square Fight Club to stage showcases such as Friday’s. In past years, such events would be held at the Clarion Hotel.

“This is great, because we don’t have to rent a facility,” McGuire said.

A-Square Fight Club's next event will be a tournament Aug. 23-25 and will feature professional as well as amateur fights, including James "Lights out" Toney.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.



Sun, Jul 21, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

1st RULE: You do not talk about FIGHT CLUB. 2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about FIGHT CLUB. courtesy: urban dictionary

Pete Cunningham

Mon, Jul 22, 2013 : 11:02 p.m.

Third rule: You are allowed to break rules 1 and 2 for the purposes of quality journalism. Most people don't remember that part of the was after the credits.

Keith Hafner

Sat, Jul 20, 2013 : 7:40 p.m.

Thanks, Eric, Derek, and Walter, for all you do for young folks in our community!