A champion of the stage joins with Detroit's own champions of the ring as "musical heavyweight" Philip Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL) pays a special visit to the first annual Kronk Fest 2009 on Sunday, September 20 at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac, Michigan.

New Orleans native Philip Anselmo is a world-renowned vocalist and musician who has sold more than 25 million records with PANTERA, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and his longtime band of brothers in DOWN. But he is also a devoted boxing fan, historian and journalist. He is a regular contributor to Boxing Digest magazine and And he is a FOK, a Friend of Kronk, newly appointed to the board of the Kronk Gym Foundation.

Anselmo will make a special guest appearance at Kronk Fest 2009, which will benefit the Kronk Gym Foundation in its efforts to provide new equipment for the Kronk boxing gym, plus tournament funding for the Kronk amateur boxing team.

Playing live at the Kronk Fest will be two Michigan heavy-metal sluggers: DEADHOUSE rocking out of Detroit and CAVALCADE from Lansing. As an extra-special bonus, there will be an exclusive sneak preview of the long-awaited rockumentary "Down – Diary of a Mad Band", which is scheduled for release in 2010. Watch the members of DOWN as they tear up Europe — literally and figuratively — on their first European tour.

Doors for this special evening open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. A $50 VIP ticket earns you the right to party with Anselmo in the VIP section and a limited-edition autographed photo.

The Kronk Gym is an internationally known boxing center, which, under the direction of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, has produced a cavalcade of ring champions, including Thomas Hearns, Hilmer Kenty, Lennox Lewis and is currently training heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko.

Steward has recently established the Kronk Gym Foundation, which seeks to keep kids off the street and in the ring, where they can learn how to be good boxers and better citizens.

To make a donation or purchase tickets for Kronk Fest 2009, visit or call (248) 917-1793.

Footage of Anselmo facing the unique challenge of training a boxer known as The Anvil for a November 2007 episode of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" can be viewed below.

A boxing fanatic since before he was in PANTERA, the singer jumped at the opportunity to get in the ring and offer some pointers to an aspiring champion.


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