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Fallon Rural Rumble set for Saturday

Special to The R-C

The 10th annual Fallon Rural Rumble returns to Fallon on Saturday with Reno's own Oscar "Chapito" Vasquez, 12-1, 2 KO set for the main event.

Vasquez, ranked No. 15 by the World Boxing Organization, returns to Fallon Rural Rumble for the seventh time. Joining Vasquez in the spotlight is 17-year-old Stockton, Calif. boxing prodigy, Gabe Flores, Jr., 2-0. Recently signed by Top Rank Boxing, Flores is coming off a victory against Devon Jones in Reno, May 5.

Gates open at 6 p.m. at the Churchill County Fairgrounds and the first bout is at 7 p.m. Fallon Fights is produced by Top Rank Boxing, Let's Get It On Promotions and the city of Fallon.

The outdoor Rural Rumble continues a 120-year professional boxing tradition in rural Nevada. The event celebrates the first professional boxing match held in Carson City on March 17, 1897, when Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons met for the world heavyweight championship.

Fallon Rural Rumble, previously known as "Fallon Fights: The Rural Rumble," began in 2008 — the first to combine boxing with mixed martial arts bouts. It's reminiscent of the old Nevada mining camp bouts and the popular 1970's-era fights held outdoors at Sharkey's Casino in Gardnerville.

In 2014, the Rural Rumble transitioned to professional boxing when ESPN's Friday Night Fights broadcast the event nationally. The event has grown to an annual 3,000 attendees.

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Go to http://www.VisitFallonNevada.com/FallonFights for more information.