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Auburn's Brady Haugen drops pro boxing debut

The kid wasn't fit to fight, and Greg Haugen knew it.

"He confessed to me that he hadn't been running like he should have been," Greg Haugen said of his son, Brady, who lost his pro boxing debut last Saturday night inside the Auburn SuperMall. "You have to be ready for these fights, and he wasn't ready. He wasn't in good shape.

"This will be a valuable lesson to him," said the elder Haugen, a former four-time world lightweight champion who is training and promoting local fighters. "If he wants to fight again, it will be up to him. But he has to be in good shape. He has to be ready next time. This time, he wasn't and it showed."

Brady Haugen was stopped in the second round of a scheduled four-round bout with Aaron Schupp, of Salem, Ore., one of eight fights on the card at the Vision Quest Sport and Fitness Center.

Haugen, 21, caught a punch to the nose, was bloodied, then ran out of gas in the battle between welterweights. Schupp, like Haugen, was making his pro debut.

Greg Haugen's other two fighters – unbeaten heavyweight Jonte Willis and Mike Gravronki – secured wins. Willis stopped Denver's Corey Williams with a third-round TKO to run his pro record to 6-0. Willis was coming off a 14-month layoff to recover from a shoulder injury.

Gavronski stopped Montana's Michael Birthmark in the third round to improve to 2-0.

Greg Haugen was encouraged by the show. He hopes to schedule more fights in the coming months.

"The turnout was good, the reviews were good and the fights were competitive," he said.

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