The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 15, 2014

Cook brothers put perfect records on line tonight at Buffalo Run

Brothers Dillon and Jesse Cook will look to continue their rise in boxing tonight at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.

The two Seneca High School graduates will put their undefeated records on the line during a six-fight card dubbed as the “Night of Future Champions.” Doors open at 7 p.m. for the sold-out show.

Dillon Cook (9-0, 4 KOs) will fight Kelly Wright (4-12) in a six-round light middleweight bout.

The 23-year-old Dillon will be battling a 37-year-old southpaw with considerable experience. Wright’s past two fights were losses to boxers with 16-0 and 11-0 records.

Dallas Cook, who is Dillon and Jesse’s father and trainer, said Dillon has been working against left-handers to prepare for tonight’s fight.

“We’re still working to keep stiffening up the opponents as we go,” Dallas Cook said. “The opponent’s record isn’t good, but you have to look at the whole picture. He’s an aggressive left-hander who’s fought some good competition.”

Jesse Cook (8-0, 7 KOs) will face Jeffrey Combs (1-7) in a four-round light middleweight fight.

Dillon Cook defeated Combs by unanimous decision in September 2013 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Joplin.

Jesse Cook, 26, will be fighting for the first time since having knee surgery. He defeated Zachariah Kelley by technical knockout in September 2013.

“I think having the knee surgery is going to help his confidence as a fighter,” Dallas Cook said. “He won’t have to worry about it any more. He hasn’t had any problems since the operation on his knee.”

Dallas Cook said Combs is a more difficult opponent than his record appears.

“He’s a tough guy,” he said. “If you look, he’s a guy who’s never been stopped. That’s a guy who’s a pretty decent fighter. Even though he’s lost, he’s not a walk-over. He’s there to fight.”

The card’s main event will be a four-round heavyweight bout between Trey Lippe and Kris Renty.

Lippe, the son of former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, will be making his professional debut.

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