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EYER BACK IN ACTION
Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer returns from a year long ring absence as he headlines this Saturday's boxing show at the Black Bear Casino in Carleton, MN. Eyer's decision to join the Army has kept him away from the fight game but he is back and says he is ready to make an impact on the local scene in a big way. And much like Eyer's actions in the ring, the crowd pleasing Duluth boxer is not returning quietly.
To this day, Eyer dismisses with a passion the loss to Jeremy Mclauren in his last bout over a year ago, stating he believes he won the fight. And he says he wants to avenge his only other loss which came to Vicente Alfaro at an incredibly low weight of 114 pounds. There are also rumors of a fight in the works between him and undefeated Ismail Muwendo out of Minneapolis around the corner.
" I am pound for pound the best in the state" said Eyer. After this fight, 126 lbs at the highest and I'll know soon if I could make 118 or lower again. I will campaign at the lowest weight I can possibly get to because it gives me the best chance at a world title. I'd like to fight the only guy that beat me fairly, Vicente (Alfaro) again hopefully at a higher weight like 126. That would be nice and if I was to beat him I could see a 3rd fight with him at a weight that's better for him. But I will fight anyone as long as it makes sense."
But before he gets to those fights, Eyer faces 25 year old Steven Cox (2-8) of Missouri in a deserved tuned up following a handful of local big showdowns in his last four bouts and the layoff from boxing. Eyer says that he decided to join the Army because he was not getting fights and he felt it was a good opportunity to make a better living.
"It seems like it was meant to be" said Eyer about the Army. " I enjoy it and basic training at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri was cool. A.I.T at Gulf Port, Mississippi was even better. Before I left I got out of shape and ate whatever so I didn't have the best point score but I was the fastest in the 2 mile run in both places. All the road work from boxing made that easy. In Mississippi there was a 6 mile race between the Army, Air Force, and Navy. Sergeant, Officers and Privates all ran and I came in first place. I got a nice coin for it, it was a big deal. I got along with everyone in both places."
leaving for the Army last year, Eyer says he knew all along that he would someday
return to the ring. Eyer now works days full time as a roofer and at nights he
is in the gym training.
" I knew I was coming back to fight, that's what I like to do. In fact I like fighting more then I like to play video games. I would like to have 50 pro fights, it's just a nice number. I could be fighting until I'm 40."