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Brooklyn Park boxer Nick Kisner bracing for heavyweight opportunity Saturday on Showtime

Brooklyn Park boxer Nick Kisner bracing for heavyweight opportunity Saturday on Showtime

The must-see boxing matches that aired on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” primarily during the 1970s and 1980s eventually migrated to cable networks HBO and Showtime. For a young Nick Kisner growing up in Brooklyn Park and lacing up the gloves as an amateur, that’s where he watched and hungrily followed star pugilists Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao and — his all-time favorite — Joe Calzaghe.

“If you made it to HBO or Showtime, you made it,” Kisner said this week. “As a kid, I remember watching these guys on Showtime, and these guys were like heroes in my eyes. They were where I wanted to be one day at the end of it all.”

Kisner, 28, will get his wish Saturday. His...

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