“It makes no difference to me, I was going to have to fight him anyway” – Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner.
Outspoken M-1 Heavyweight Kenny “Deuce” Garner is rarely at a loss for words. Coming off an impressive win over Pat Bennett on July 8th, Deuce had set the table for a rematch with current M-1 Challenge Heavyweight Champion Guram Gugenishvili . A significant training injury to the champion’s elbow has caused the bout to be delayed. However all is not lost, as the flamboyant ATT Port St. Lucie slugger will now face M-1 Challenge veteran and top contender Maxim Grishin for the M-1 Challenge Interim Heavyweight title. M-1 Challenge XXVII: Grishin vs Garner will air LIVE on SHOWTIME on Friday, October 14 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast) and feature bouts from the new 5,500 seat Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
We recently had a chance to speak with Kenny Garner, and although there has been an 11th hour change in plans, Deuce is taking it all in stride “ It makes no difference to me who I fight, Guram , Grimace, or Grishin. The way I look at it I was going to have to fight Max after I beat Guram anyway” said Garner “ M-1 can keep lining them up, and I’ll keep knocking them down, that’s my job, it’s what I do.”
Garner freely admits he continues to look forward to the chance to avenge his loss to Guram, a fight he views as a learning experience that can only make him stronger. When asked his thoughts on the current Heavywight title holder he had this to say. “ Let Guram know that he is in my prayers, and I hope he has a quick recovery, because when we fight I want us both to be one hundred percent.”
1) Vinny Magalhaes vs Mikhail Zayats
2) Kenny Garner vs Maxim Grishin
3) Arthur Guseinov vs Eddie Arizmendi
4) Tom Gallicchio vs Daniel Madrid
5) Yasubey Enomoto vs Josh Thorpe
6) David Morgan vs Silvester Villereal
7) Mike Chavez vs Joe Martinez
Tickets are priced at $35, $40, $50, $75 and $150 and can be purchased at www.GCUArena.com, charge by phone at 602-639-8999 or visit the GCU Arena Box Office located at 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Mauro Ranallo will call the action from ringside with Pat Miletich serving as analyst. The telecast will be produced by Chuck McKean and directed by Craig Farrell. The executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports is David Dinkins, Jr.
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