The biggest fight of Lynchburg boxer Scott Sigmon's career is Friday night. Sigmon, nicknamed "Cujo", hits the bright lights of Las Vegas for a nationally televised fight on ESPN2 against former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik.
Pavlik has more knockouts (33) than Sigmon has career fights (25) and the former world champ is a big favorite to win the fight.
I admit my boxing knowledge is very limited, but I do know from talking with Sigmon on several occasions that this fight means the world to him. He's trained hard and is in great shape for his shot at glory. If Pavlik does come in and overlooks Sigmon, he could be in for a lot more than he bargained for. If Sigmon can avoid an early knockout and withstand a lot of punishing blows in the early rounds, he could make this fight a lot more competitive than most experts believe it will be.
One thing Sigmon does not lack for is confidence. He truly believes he will win this fight, and in his line of work you better be confident or your career will be a short one. Sigmon told me just a couple of weeks ago, as he put it, that this win would be life-altering for him. He said it's like holding a lottery ticket worth three million dollars and there's a man between you and cashing it out. And that man for Sigmon is Kelly Pavlik. Sigmon says he's willing to fight him to the death on Friday night.
"Friday Night Fights" coverage begins on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m. But there will be several preliminary bouts before the Pavlik-Sigmon
One of the hottest teams in the state in high school baseball right now is Brookville. The Bees, who were just over .500 at 8-6, have proceeded to run off 11 straight wins, including Seminole and Region 3 Tournament titles en route to Friday's state semifinals in Pulaski.
Many times, it's the team that catches fire at the right time down the stretch that wins it all. That team this season could be the Bees.
And you know area soccer fans are drooling over the prospect of a second-straight Jefferson Forest vs. Blacksburg boys final
in Group Double-A. One semifinal win by both teams is the only thing standing in the way. You know Blacksburg would love some payback for last year's 2-1 JF win that deprived the Bruins of a third-straight state championship. On the Cavaliers side, obviously they'd love to prove last year was no fluke. Another team with a great chance to win it all is the JF GIRLS team. The Cavaliers are 20-and-1 with the lone loss to E.C. Glass, JF back in the Final Four for the second straight year.
And one real positive this season, the team that took down the Cavaliers last year, 4-time defending state champ Broad Run, has moved up to Group Triple-A . Maybe that opens the door for JF and Coach Stan Golon to win it all and bring home a state title.
As much as Golon has done for that program, it would be a fitting way to cap the season. He's a tireless worker who, like boys coach Jedd Zaring a year ago, is long overdue for a state championship banner.