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While it’s a safe bet that the Saturday Night Fights being held at the Washington Convention Center won’t quite stack up to the Thrilla in Manila, they will probably be gory, sloppy, full of bluster, and well worth the admission. The headliner is a bout between journeyman club brawler Benji Singletona tenacious, if not particularly deft, fighter known primarily for his ability to remain standingand former IBC Lightweight Champion Keely Thompson, now a welterweight, a once-great from a second-tier league. “Keely’s making a comeback after seven or eight years,” says Jim Finley, of fabled Finley’s Gym, where Thompson’s been training for the past four months. “He was pretty good at one time. He’s still pretty flashy; the youth follow him pretty well. Especially the ladieshe’s a pretty handsome guy.” Six more bouts offer a host of other local fighters, including the exciting Eric Gamble and P.G. County tough guy Kalvin Dailyboth of whose opponents have pulled out and will be replaced by others. No matter; just bring it on. At 7 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 900 9th St. NW, $25-55. (202) 789-0603. (Jake Tapper)