Adie set to return to the ring
J.D. Allbright, Minden, vs. Vinny Valenzuela, Las Vegas, 185 pounds,
Lindsey Boston, Reno, vs. Katie Dees, Sacramento, 125,
Alex Cich, Walker, Calif., vs. Melvin Washington, Reno, 170
Michael Courneya, Gardnerville, vs. Elliott Moore, Sacramento, 125
Frankie DiMartino, Carson City, vs. Nico Lozada, Sacramento, 135
Jack Montgomery, Carson City, vs. Kevin Thompson, Reno, 180
John Mosby, Reno, vs. Brandon Mendoza, Nampa, Idaho, 170
David Park, Topaz Lake, vs. Skyler Souza, Auburn, Calif., 155
Lex Sarabia, Nixon, vs. Joe Murray, Reno, 185
George Foreman was 41 years young in 1990 when he addressed the media during a press conference before his heavyweight fight against Mike Jameson at Stateline.
At the time, he was in the second half of a boxing career in which he competed from 1969-77 and from 1987-97.
“I’m sort of a geriatric wonder,” Foreman said at what was then Caesars Tahoe. “I want to show the whole world 40 is not a death sentence. … I intend to fight until I’m 43, 44. After that, I’ll retire and come back when I’m 50. Then you guys will have something to write about. … Seriously, I think there should be a mandatory retirement age for fighters … 65.”
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J.D. Adie may or may not consider fighting professionally when he’s 65, however, the Minden resident will be looking for an early 40th birthday celebration when he faces Carlos Sanchez of Reno Saturday night in a MMA heavyweight main event at the Carson Valley Inn.
The scheduled 14-bout card will feature Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai action at T.J.’s Corral Outdoor Concert & Events Center. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the first fight starts at 8.
The 5-foot-8 Adie, known in the ring as “Wrecking Ball,” turns 40 seven days after this fight.
“My twins turn 11 the day of the fight, so it’s going to kind of be a big week in our household,” Adie said, laughing.
There is one other incentive.
“I’ll be donating my ticket earnings to local families struggling in the fight against cancer,” he said.
This is his first bout since Sept. 26, 2015, when he won by TKO over Austin Haggerty at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Adie will achieve victory merely by stepping into the ring after coming back from knee surgery in October.
“I was 305 (pounds) at the beginning of this year,” he said. “I needed to set a goal for myself; I was kind of in a bad place. I got the OK to come back to the gym in January and I’ve been training ever since.”
Adie added that he expects to weigh in at around 260 pounds on Saturday.
In January, he expected to be back at the Sierra Adrenaline Training Center in Carson City to work out and teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes, just as he had done in the past. Returning to fight again wasn’t necessarily part of the plan, though.
“I didn’t, really,” Adie said. “After the surgery, I didn’t know what was going to happen or how long it was going to take me to get back.”
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Oh, by the way, Foreman stopped Jameson in that April 17, 1990, fight at Stateline. And then, a little over four years later, the two-time world champion reached the peak of his comeback with a 10th round knockout of Michael Moorer to win the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles in Las Vegas.
Foreman would be proud of Saturday’s main event because Sanchez, a Marine Corps veteran formerly stationed at the Mountain Warfare Training Center near Bridgeport, turns 40 in October.
While Adie doesn’t expect to be speaking at a major press conference anytime soon, he is quite excited to have an opportunity to appear in a pro main event before a hometown crowd.
“It was kind of a combination of a bunch of different things that brought me back,” he said. “To be coming up on 40 and getting a main event after having the injury last year. It was a struggle physically and mentally just to get back. Now, I’m back, feeling good and I’m ready to go.”