End of the line?

  • By Rich Myhre / The Herald
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2007 9:00pm
  • Sports

Vili Bloomfield’s boxing career could be on the line Saturday night in an eight-round heavyweight bout for the Northwest Boxing Association title at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester.

Bloomfield, who is from Everett, started his career with six straight victories, but has defeats in two of his past three matches, which means Saturday’s fight against Eric Boose of Puyallup is “definitely a must-win for me,” Bloomfield said.

“I either move ahead (in boxing) or I figure out what else I want to do in life,” added the 25-year-old Bloomfield, who is 7-2 with four knockouts as a pro. “I’m in boxing to be successful, to have a future, to have a title. And if I can’t beat guys like this, then I really don’t have a place.”

The evening’s first of eight scheduled fights (subject to change) is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25.

Boose has 10-1-1 record as a pro with five knockouts. Boose is 6 feet, 2 inches, so “he’s a little taller, a little lankier,” said Bloomfield, who is 5-10 but a solid 220 pounds.

In his most recent bout March 31, Bloomfield lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Victor Barragan of Oxnard, Calif. At the time, Bloomfield wondered if the loss might suggest a career change, but instead he was offered the chance to meet Boose for the vacant Northwest Boxing Association title.

“Vili actually has a chance to move his career ahead with this belt,” said Bill McDonald, Bloomfield’s manager. “There’s still a lot of interest in Vili. I’ve been getting a lot of calls from East Coast promoters, and there are people in Las Vegas who are interested in him, too.

“He’s at the point now where even with two losses in his career – and they were both really, really close – that those are probably not going to hinder him. But also the last thing he wants to do is collect more losses.”

In years past, the Northwest Boxing Association heavyweight title was held by some notable fighters, among them Arlington native Ibar Arrington and Yakima’s Joe Hipp.

There are, McDonald said, “so many belts out there that don’t mean anything, but this belt does mean something. This belt really has some lineage.”

Bloomfield, he added, “has trained very, very hard for this fight. He’s very focused and very ready to get that title belt around his waist.”

According to McDonald, two other Everett boxers will be on Saturday’s card. Adrian Herrmann, who has a 1-1-1 middleweight record, faces David Mendez of Vancouver, Wash., who is 1-1, in a four-round bout. Another four-rounder pairs Everett’s Wayne Tyler, who is 4-7-1, against Lyle Johnson of Great Falls, Mont., who is 2-0, in a light-heavyweight bout.

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