Every fighter at every level desires a shot at the title in their respective sport.
Cory Devela, a 2002 Sumner High School graduate, took a three-year hiatus from mixed martial arts before he beat Everett’s Byron Sutton on Oct. 5. Devela will face Brent Knopp for the CageSport Middleweight championship Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
The 29-year-old made a statement with a convincing TKO victory against Sutton at the 3:11 mark in the first round. It was Devela’s first fight since 2010.
Devela pummeled Sutton and was never in trouble. The fight was stopped after Devela landed a wide assortment of blows to Sutton’s head.
Knopp will be a much tougher test. He has a flawless 4-0 record; Devela’s is 9-5. Both fighters are confident in their abilities.
Just minutes following Devela’s win against Sutton, Knopp and Devela agreed to the title fight, and the crowd at the Emerald Queen Casino roared with approval.
“I want that 185-pound CageSport title,” Devela said after he accepted the match.
He will have his chance Saturday.
For Devela, fighting at the Emerald Queen Casino is like the Seattle Seahawks hosting a game at CenturyLink Field. The house in which he grew up is a mere 15 miles from the venue, and it’s certainly his home turf. There will be many Devela supporters ringside for the bout.
Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town, but I will check my smartphone throughout the night to see how the fight unfolds.
This is a huge fight for Devela, and I expect he’ll be able to rise to the occasion in front of his hometown crowd. It will be the epitome of a showdown.
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