Local fighter Lane Staal looks to bounce back Saturday

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

It is not every day that somebody escapes the wrath of “The Godfather,” but that is exactly what local fighter Lane Staal plans on doing.

Staal, 33, of Grand Rapids, will take on Michael Corleone of New York at 168 pounds in one of the headline events Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. Corleone, 43, is named after the character in the classic “Godfather” movies. He’s gotten a lot of attention in local boxing circles, and now he brings his name to Detroit.

“It is kind of fun as far as getting buildup. He has a unique name,” Staal said.

For Staal (11-1-1) this is a bounce-back fight. He lost in April to Patrick Boozer after being headbutted. Staal thought he was ahead on points. The judges disagreed and gave Boozer the decision at 154 pounds, which is not Staal’s natural weight.

“That was a stinger,” Staal said. “I should have protested more.”

But now he gets a chance for revenge against The Godfather.

“The Godfather is a great bounce-back fight for me,” Staal said. “I will get in the ring, do what I’ve got to do and get back in the swing of things. And I will win.”

In other fights, Juan Goode takes on Rich Vargas. Steve Bujaj faces Zack Page and Rick Graham will fight Steve Rainford.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the fights begin at 8.