NIAGARA FALLS — Greg Brady and Joel Shojgreen have a history.
It’s brief and not all that pleasant.
In August, Brady fought on a card in Wilson, N.C., and prior to the start of it, Brady thought he was being introduced to the man he was going to fight that night. Brady being Brady, went into psyche-his-opponent-out mode by letting him know in advance he’s going to have a lot of work ahead of him.
Shojgreen didn’t take too kindly to the prefight gamesmanship. Especially since the unbeaten 31-year-old wasn’t Brady’s opponent that night.
They will finally butt heads Thursday night at the Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center where they will battle it out in one of two co-feature matches on the eight-bout fight card – the first professional boxing card to take place in the Cataract City since June 19, 2010.
“He didn’t take too kind to that, and I didn’t take too kind to his response. We got into a little argument or whatever,” Brady said.
Should make for an interesting weigh-in later at 4:45 this afternoon at the Conference and Event Center.
Brady, the Buffalo cruiserweight, brings a 4-1 mark into the fight that qualifies as his first Western New York fight as a professional. After losing his debut in December 2011 via majority decision, he’s won his last four fights – all of which have taken place since last March. Brady, who’s trained by Ross Thompson, a Buffalo Veterans Boxing Association Ring 44 Hall of Famer and former world No. 1 contender, has won each of those fights via knockout with the longest bout being a third-round stoppage of Travis Reeves last July.
The other co-feature bout features super welterweight Vincent Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs) of Amherst making his return after a hiatus of two-plus years. He’ll face Marlon Lewis (6-3-1, 3 KOs) of Memphis, Tenn.
The six-round main event features Niagara Falls welterweight Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) facing Shakha Moore (11-19-3, 2 KOs) in Casal’s first fight since Oct. 15, 2011. He was supposed to headline a title card in his hometown in June 2012, but the fight got cancelled a month prior to it happening after Casal suffered head and other injuries after being attacked with a crowbar by Michael Vicki, who was sentenced to five years in jail.
The card starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, doors open at 6. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door the day of the fight, “Ticket Fly” or at Casal’s Boxing Club, 1767 Maryland Ave., Niagara Falls. For more information, visit www.prettygirlpromo.com or call (585) 281-2540.
“I can’t wait to get in the ring. It’s a new chapter in the book,” the 28-year-old Casal said.
Shojgreen is 8-0 with seven knockouts, including a first-round stoppage of Octavius Davis the last time he fought – the same August card in which he first, ahem, met Brady.
“I wanted him to know he was getting into the hardest fight of his life,” said Brady of the past incident, a refrain which likely will be uttered again in the near future.
“I don’t think it’s going to last (long),” Brady said of the fight.
Buffalo’s Michael Jackson, 26, makes his debut against North Tonawanda’s Carl Davis in a super featherweight bout. Eighteen-year-old Jack Ventry of Niagara Falls has a four-rounder against super bantamweight Jesus Gonzalez (1-4).
Emmanuel Colon (3-0, 3 KOs) fights Andre Byrd (2-0), Milos Pantelic (6-0-1, 5 KOs) takes on Mike Bissett (5-4, 4 KOs) and Michelle Cook (0-0-1) battles Ivana Coleman (0-4-0).