Fight features WC staffer

West Carroll Middle School staff member Jeremy Castro, a Savanna native, will compete in his first-ever kickboxing bout Saturday, July 18, as part of an event Saturday, July 18, at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.

Savanna native and West Carroll School District staff member Jeremy Castro is going to be in a featured fight later this month in Davenport, Iowa.

Castro said he was offered a chance to compete on a “pretty amazing card” Saturday, July 18, at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.

The event, billed as the “Clash of Legends,” features former UFC world champion and current Hall of Famer Pat Miletich battling former world boxing champion Michael Nunn in the main attraction.

“To try to make it as even as possible, they will do a kickboxing fight,” said Castro. “Basically, that is the best middle ground they could find to each of their respective professions. Beyond their credentials, this is an extra special event as both are Quad City legends. Pat is from Bettendorf and Michael hails from Davenport.”

Castro will have a special match-up as well. In one of the featured undercards of the night, he will be taking on Junior Hernandez, who was Castro’s teammate for eight years at Miletich Fighting Systems, both coached by Miletich.

“Hernandez a very seasoned fighter as well as a UFC veteran,” said Castro. “We both have a lot of respect for each other and agree that we will put on a great show. We shed a lot of blood and sweat together over the years and know each other well.”

Added Castro, “It should be a very exciting fight. I don't foresee much dancing around between us. I think there's going to be punches in bunches and a lot of haymakers and big kicks being thrown. While this will be my 59th fight, it will be my first kickboxing bout. It will definitely be the pinnacle of my career and I'm sure excited.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $50 at the gate, but can be purchased from Castro in advance for $40. Tables are $100 and ringside are $150. Castro can be reached on Facebook for tickets.

Castro, 44, and his wife, Jen, live in Clinton, Iowa. After teaching at the Regional Alternative Program for 19 years, he came back home to West Carroll this past school year and serves in the Student/Career Services position at West Carroll Middle School.

“I loved it and love working in the community I grew up in,” he said.