Boxers Maurice Blocker and Boone Pultz of the District will try to remain unbeaten tonight at Capital Centre, which is hosting fights for the first time since 1984. Bouts begin at 8.
After a postponement and a disagreement over funding the $29,000 purse, the six-bout program is set. Pultz heads the card, defending his U.S. Boxing Association cruiserweight title in a 12-rounder against Carlos Hernandez (17-2, 12 knockouts) of Union, N.J.
Marlon Starling (37-4, 22 knockouts) will meet Bobo Sawyer. That fight replaces the welterweight bout between Simon Brown and Lloyd Taylor, which was canceled when Taylor couldn't make weight.
Pultz (13-0, nine knockouts) has not fought since March 21, when he knocked out Alvino Manson. He needs an impressive showing for a possible world title fight against North American Boxing Federation champion Burt Cooper, the International Boxing Federation's Leroy Murphy or the World Boxing Council's Carlos DeLeon. Pultz said he has received offers from each boxer.
Blocker (22-0, 11 knockouts), the NABF welterweight champion, faces a 10-round non-title bout against Juan Alonso Villa of Guadalajara, Mexico. Villa (28-7, 24 knockouts) is ranked ninth by NABF.