MUNCIE – It was another history making
evening Saturday night at the downtown Muncie Horizon Center as
Richard Crabtree Entertainment hosted yet another outstanding King
of the Ring boxing program.
A large majority of the fine crowd on hand came to witness boxing
For the first time anywhere in the history of boxing, the evening
saw a father, son and daughter all participating on the same fight
(Angela Hughes (L) Mike Collins,
Big Al Hughes, Al Hughes III )
Big Al “White Lightning” Hughes along
with his daughter Angela (18 at the time) had already made boxing
history three years ago when they became the very first
father/daughter duo to fight on the same boxing card. That feat took
place during the King of the Ring ‘Hoosier Brawl” at the Delaware
Saturday night saw the 57-year old Hughes realize a longtime
personal dream when 20-year old Al Hughes III made his long awaited
boxing debut to join his father and sister in the record books.
Joe York of HBO and ESPN 2 boxing fame did another great job of
announcing the evenings bouts. Joe is from Anderson, IN and has 10
years announcing experience and is “pound for pound the undisputed,
undefeated king of ring announcers.”
Match four of the night saw Al III take center stage against 35-year
old Muncie challenger Dustin Dawkins. Hughes entered the ring at 171
lbs. while Dawkins came in at 175 lbs.
Despite receiving nine stitches in his right index finger a week
ago, Al III was all business when the bell rang. Despite a
disadvantage in the height department, Hughes put to good use his
long hours of training at the Muncie PAL Club along with some
crushing left hooks to the body to score a unanimous decision in his
“I’m just glad it’s all over,” stated the younger Hughes of his
first fight. “I have been a nervous wreck for a long time thinking
about this fight. It was nothing like I thought it was going to be.
When the bell rang for the first round all I had was tunnel vision
knowing that I had to slip and move. I hit him with a solid left
hook in the second round and he just looked at me with that glazed
over look. I trained hard for this fight thanks to my dad but it
doesn’t take long before the adrenaline takes over. I got winded a
little bit there in the third round so I’m going to work harder on
my stamina,” noted the youngster known as Stonewall, The Widow
What lies ahead for Al III?
“I’ve got to go on a diet and drop a little weight first of all. And
I really need to increase my sparring from two days a week to four
or five days a week. I’d like to get one or two more fights under my
belt in the next two months and then see where I stand for the
The Hughes family had very little time to celebrate Al’s win with
Angela “The Wildcat” Hughes squaring off against Muncie’s Monica
Brown in the only female bout of the evening.
Angela used her boxing savvy along with her long hours of
conditioning to notch a split-decision over the upset-minded Brown
to run her record to 2-0.
“I was really nervous at the start of the fight,” said Angela. “She
hit me so hard a few times it took my breath away. She was throwing
those haymakers all night and by the grace of God I was able to come
out on top. This night just meant the world to me. Nobody will ever
know how much this means to me. Our family has waiting eight long
years for tonight and the pressure just kept building and building.
You can never replace a moment like this. All that hard work paid
off for me late in the third round and I just refused to lose. I
just didn’t want to ruin dad’s big night. I just want to thank God
for letting this happen tonight,” noted the tearful youngster with
boyfriend Matt Whitmire at her side.
The Main Event of the evening featured Big Al “White Lightning”
Hughes going toe to toe with nemesis Ken “The Mad Bomber” Schomber
from Montpelier, In.
Hughes, who was a world class middleweight back in the late 70’s and
80’s, dedicated the fight to all of his Vietnam War buddies who did
not make it home and to all fellow veterans nationwide.
Throughout his storied career, Hughes has never lost a rematch to
any opponent and Saturday night proved to be no exception. Schomber,
who weighed in at 218 lbs. to 171 lbs. for Hughes, had scored a
narrow decision over Al a few years back and the elder Hughes had
but one thing on his mind – to settle the score.
Despite giving up six inches in height along with the huge weight
difference, Hughes used his many years of boxing knowledge to pound
out a unanimous decision and close out the night with the scoreboard
reading Hughes 3 Opponents 0.
“I’m just so relieved and ecstatic about the way everything turned
out tonight,” commented the ageless wonder. “I was just worried
about the kids more than anything. Thanks to God Almighty I was able
to weather the storm but things would have been okay win, lose or
draw. I thought little Al did a fantastic job. He has the same style
I do and he did all the things that we have been working on. Angela
just fought her heart out. She got tagged a couple of times but her
conditioning was the difference in her bout. This just feels great.
All the worrying is over and I’m just so proud of my kids and
everyone like Richard Crabtree that made this evening possibly. With
this fight card tonight we are looking to enter the Guiness Book of
World Records as the very first father, son and daughter to fight on
the same card.”
Yes indeed, Al Hughes Jr. is one proud papa and deservedly so.