Niagara Gazette

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February 24, 2014

Casal returns to the ring Thursday

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Niagara Gazette — The other local boxer who will be fighting is Niagara Falls native Jake Ventry. The rambunctious 5-foot-7, 118-pounder will battle Jesus Gonzales in a bantamweight bout. Ventry went an impressive 17-3 in the amateur ranks and will be making his professional debut.

“I am really excited,” he said. “I just want to go out there and look sharp. And if I hurt him, I want to put on a show for my home crowd.”

A challenge for Ventry will be achieving the acclimation from the amateur to the professional venue.

“The main thing is, they let you get away with a lot more,” said Ventry about professional boxing. “I might have to deal with someone elbowing inside, or holding on longer or pushing ... doing things they are normally not allowed to do. But you can get away with more in the pros, so I just have to prepare to deal with that.”

Ventry, who started serious training for this fight in early January, does not a know a thing about his opponent, and does not care.

“I just want to go out there and stick to a gameplan and look sharp,” he said. “The main thing is, you can’t worry about your opponent, and what he is going to do. You have to worry about what you do to make them worry about you.”

The doors for the nine-bout card open at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The opening bell is one hour later. 

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