Washington 120-pounder Clarence Vinson, a bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics, headlines a seven-bout card at Lincoln Theater tonight. Vinson will fight left-hander Paulino Villalobos, a former Mexican flyweight champion who is 23-23-2 over a 15-year pro career.
Vinson, 25, who made his pro debut four months after the Sydney Games, is 13-1 with six knockouts. His only loss came nearly a year ago, when he dropped a 10-round split decision June 3 to Heriberto Ruiz at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. He rebounded with a second-round knockout of Roberto Chacon in February.
Tonight is the first time in two years Vinson will fight in the D.C. area. He doesn't know a lot about Villalobos, but that didn't seem to bother the fighter nicknamed "Untouchable."
"He's a southpaw, and I know he's tough, he's fought a lot of [Mexican] champions. But no matter what he brings to the ring, it won't matter -- I'll be better at it," Vinson said yesterday.
Also scheduled: D.C. 130-pounder Daniel Attah (21-3-1) takes on D.C.'s James Baker (13-4-3); D.C. 130-pounder Eric Aiken (10-1) goes against Terrence Roy (Memphis, 5-4); Baltimore heavyweight Jed Phipps (11-2) faces Everard Ramage (Toronto, 1-6); Clinton 140-pounder Roshaun Parker (5-0) fights Alexandria's Jaime Palma (5-7-1); Washington 160-pounder Henry Buchanan (2-0) takes on James North (Morgantown, W. Va., 2-3).
-- Dave Yanovitz