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Boxing Results

RAGE at the River Center

Davenport, Iowa, May 19, 2018

An Alien Boi Boxing – Calkins Sports Production Promotions


by Adam Pollack

Heavyweight Francois “The Battle Axe” Russell of Chicago stopped Jeremiah “The Beast” Williams of Cincinnati in the 3rd round. The two fought a close and competitive first 2 rounds, though Russell appeared to be a bit quicker, more confident, and fluid, with Williams the physically stronger man. In the 3rd round, Russell landed a vicious short quick right hook from the southpaw stance and Williams went down hard. Williams staggered in his attempts to rise, and then wobbled to his corner, facing them, and not the referee, yours truly. After turning around, his hands were down, eyes a bit glassy, and he still was a bit wobbly, and I stopped the fight. Russell complained about my stoppage, but I erred on the side of caution, given the state of his balance. Referee: Adam Pollack, Judges: Ken Buffington, Barry Wolff, Brad Rebeck.

Welterweight Brandun Lee of Coachella, CA pounded out a workmanlike lopsided unanimous 4-round decision over Stephon McIntyre of Jonesboro, GA. McIntyre maintained a super tight guard throughout, moving his head as well, but rarely punched, leaving very few openings for Lee, who still attempted blows over, under, wide, and centered, every which way to penetrate McIntyre’s cage-like defense. Lee’s best blows were to the body, and he managed to score a 2ndround knockdown with a brutal body attack. However, McIntyre was able to weather the storm. Every 30-40 seconds, McIntyre fired some blazing fast blows that let Lee know that he had to show him some respect, and had to pace himself just a bit, for it was clear that McIntyre’s only hope, his only strategy, was to allow Lee to punch himself out and then attempt to trap him with a surprise shot. Lee didn’t fall for it though, and paced himself well enough and maintained his defense along with a consistent offense to clearly win all four rounds. McIntyre could be more competitive in his fights and put himself in a better position to win rounds if he punched more often. The way he fights, it is understandable why he loses so many decisions. Of course, if he opened up more, he might get hit more too. With his current strategy, he won’t get hurt much, but he also won’t win very often. Lee advanced his record to 9-0. Referee: Gilbert Richardson, Judges: Ken Buffington, Barry Wolff, Brad Rebeck, 40-35 on all cards.

Super-lightweight Travis “2 Face” Thomas of Davenport stopped Anthony “Lil Crusher” Crowder of Des Moines in the 1st round. The fight started competitively, with both exchanging several hard blows, and it looked like it was going to be a fun fight. However, soon thereafter, Crowder went down twice, but it seemed that the primary reason he went down was that he had injured either his hand or his wrist. He clearly was suffering pain, and after the 2nd time he went down, holding his glove with his other hand, he decided to retire. Some folks in the crowd taunted him in unsportsmanlike fashion, which Crowder did not appreciate, and he and one particular instigator nearly got into it. Thomas moves to 7-0. Referee: Adam Pollack, Judges: Ken Buffington, Barry Wolff, Brad Rebeck.

Super-middleweight “Vicious” Vic Martinez of Moline, IL scored a 3rd round KO over the very game and tough William Bokhart of Mishawaka, IN. Martinez was far too powerful for Bokhart, who tried his best, but he simply did not have enough of an arsenal to fight back well enough, or defense to block or elude enough blows. Martinez scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and after a slower 2nd round, Martinez scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd round, the final series of vicious blows leaving Bokhart down on the canvas face first. Referee Gilbert Richardson stopped the contest immediately, but Bokhart was not going to beat the count if there had been one. Martinez is now 3-0. Judges: Ken Buffington, Barry Wolff, Brad Rebeck.

The fight of the night, in terms of sheer excitement, was an all-out brutal bloody war at junior middleweight between “The Exception” Shawn West Sr. of Davenport, a former MMA fighter making his pro debut, and Carlos Cabrera of Davenport, who was looking for his first win in his fifth pro bout. This fight was the kind that makes the fans scream and shout, and stand on their feet. Both guys came to fight, punched a lot, and landed solidly. Early on it was evident that it was going to be a war of attrition. West was surprisingly calm, cool, and collected under fire for a pro debut fighter (clearly his MMA experience served him well), and he threw and landed far more punches, but Cabrera perhaps landed the harder blows, winging with everything he had. West would land several fast short blows almost nonstop, often in flowing combination, and Cabrera would take-take-take, not responding for what was on the verge of being too long, but then he suddenly would lash out in retaliation with his mad up, and he landed some really good ones, too. This was the fight’s pattern. They battled it out through 3 violent rounds. At one point, Cabrera was hurt, and tried to duck and grab, and West pushed him down on the back of the head. I ruled it no knockdown as a result, but Cabrera clearly was hurt, with his nose gushing blood. My shirt and hands were a bloody mess. They don’t pay referees extra for the dry cleaning. Oh well. Something had to give, and in the 3rd round, Cabrera finally went down from the cumulative effect of the nonstop assault of blows to his head. He rose in a clearly dazed condition, and was not able to respond to my questions, so I stopped the contest. Trust me, this fight was worth the price of admission. Referee: Adam Pollack, Judges: Ken Buffington, Barry Wolff, Brad Rebeck.

“Stunning” Stephen Edwards of Davenport won a 4-round unanimous decision over Andre Espeut of Cedar Rapids to move his record to 10-0-1. Unfortunately, the bout featured a great deal of clinching, leaning, pushing, and smothering, much to the chagrin of the occasionally booing fans. First one, then the other, committed the violations, and at times it seemed mutual, or a bad style matchup, or just a matter of how they would engage one another when they punched. But inevitably, every time someone moved in or punched, they always wound up in a clinch or awkward position. Referee Gilbert Richardson deducted points from both for all of the holding, first Edwards in round 2, then Espeut in round 3, then both in round 4. But regardless of the referee’s efforts to get them to clean it up, it was what it was, and they were going to fight the way they fought. Amidst all of the wrestling around, each would land the occasional blow, though one practically could count the number of effective lands in each round on one hand. Edwards managed to land just a bit more than Espeut in each round, and seemed more adept and able to win at this style of ugly fight. Edwards’ style might not be aesthetically pleasing, but clearly he knows how to win a fight, going undefeated up to this point, and imposing his will and style on all those with whom he has fought. Give credit where credit is due – he does have an awkward effectiveness. The real question will be whether his style will work if and when he steps up the level of competition. Referee: Gilbert Richardson, Judges: Ken Buffington, 39-36, Barry Wolff, 38-34, Brad Rebeck.

IIn the main event, lightweight “Smokin’” Joe Perez of East Moline, IL won a unanimous 4-round decision over Carl “2 Quick” Currie of Robbins, IL. This was a good, pleasing matchup between two skillful boxers who fought well. Perez was just a bit more talented, strong, and relentless, particularly with his body attack, but the game, quick, and able Currie was there battling competitively all the way. Referee: Adam Pollack, Judges:  Ken Buffington, 39-37, Barry Wolff, 40-36, Brad Rebeck, 40-36. Perez moves to 11-3-1. I was somewhat shocked to learn that Currie, who fell to 0-9-1, has not won a fight yet. Believe me, if someone thinks they are going to have an easy time with him, they are sorely mistaken. The guy can fight, but probably needs to up the offense a bit more to get over the hump to win







Highly Touted Lightweight Prospect Devin Haney Opens Telecast That Features Eight Fighters With A Combined Record Of 113-3-3, Including Five Unbeaten Fighters

Friday, Feb. 2 Live On SHOWTIME® At 10 p.m. ET/PT

From WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa

NEW YORK (Jan. 3, 2018) - A battle of unbeaten super middleweight prospects will headline a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Feb. 2, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, as two-time ShoBox veteran Ronald Ellis takes on New Yorker Junior Younan.

Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs), of Lynn, Mass., and Brooklyn's Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) will clash in the 10-round main event of a four-fight telecast that features eight fighters with a combined record of 113-3-3.

An undefeated boxer losing for the first time was a common theme on ShoBox in 2017 as 15 prospects lost their perfect record on the popular developmental series last year. Now in its 17th year, a total of 171 fighters have suffered their first loss on ShoBox. All three fights leading up to the main event on Feb. 2 are eight-round matchups that include an undefeated "A-side" fighter facing his toughest test to date.

In the co-feature, former Dominican Olympian Wellington Romero (12-0-1, 6 KOs) will take on Philadelphia's Sam Teah (12-1-1, 5 KOs) in a super lightweight scrap contracted at 141 pounds. Cleveland's Thomas Mattice (10-0, 8 KOs) will face two-time ShoBox winner and Lancaster, Pa. resident Rolando Chinea (15-1-1, 6 KOs) in a lightweight matchup.

In the telecast opener, highly regarded undefeated Devin Haney (18-0, 12 KOs), of Las Vegas, will take on Harmonito Dela Torre (19-1, 12 KOs) in another bout pitting two 135-pound prospects.

RONALD ELLIS vs. JUNIOR YOUNAN - 10-Round Super Middleweight

Ellis returns to ShoBox in his first bout since defeating Christopher Brooker via a unanimous decision in Atlantic City last January. In his ShoBox debut, Ellis fought Jerry Odom to a majority draw in Atlantic City in February 2016.

Originally from Lynn, Mass., the 28-year-old Ellis currently lives and trains in Los Angeles at the Iron Gym under trainer Jerry Rosenberg and his father Ronald Ellis Sr.

"It's going to be fireworks from the jump," said Ellis, who was scheduled to fight Taneal Goyco in November, but the fight was scrapped when Goyco weighed three pounds over the super middleweight limit. "Younan is a good little fighter, but we are trying to get him out of there. This is my first main event, and I want to impress. It will be a good way to start 2018, which will be my year."

Ellis upset highly regarded Terrell Gausha to win the 2010 National Golden Gloves. Gausha would go on to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Younan, who is promoted by Roc Nation Sports, was a highly touted amateur boxer who compiled a 90-5 record before turning professional in 2013 at the age of 18. Once dubbed by The New York Times as "a boxing prodigy" as a 10-year-old, Younan was a two-time National Junior Golden Gloves champion, the 2011 National Junior Olympic championship, and at one point was the No. 1-rated junior boxer in his weight class by USA Boxing.

Because of injuries, Younan fought just one time in 2015. After a nine-month layoff, he returned in March of 2016 to beat Cristian Solorzano and has remained active since. Eight of Younan's 13 pro wins have ended in the first round, including three of his last five fights. The 22-year-old is trained by his father, Sherif Younan

"It's a pleasure to fight on SHOWTIME and I'm excited to put on a show for all the viewers," Younan said. "I've been working as hard as possible and I'm confident my efforts will pay off. I'm going to break my opponent's spirit and pick him apart. This is my time - in 2018, I'm looking to make a title run and this fight is just the first step."

WELLINGTON ROMERO vs. SAM TEAH - Eight-Round Super Lightweight

Romero is originally from the Dominican Republic now fighting out of Newburgh, N.Y.

A southpaw, he fights under the Roc Nation Sports promotion and represented the Dominican Republic in the 2012 London Olympics, where he lost to eventual Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko.

An accomplished amateur with 268 fights, Romero earned a bronze medal at the 2010 Central American Games and made back-to-back appearances at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships and the 2011 Pan American Games as a teenager.

The 26-year-old Romero fought twice in 2017, recording TKOs in both wins over Kevin Womack Jr. and Mike Fowler.

"This fight on SHOWTIME is a great opportunity for me to showcase my talent and I want to thank God, my team and everyone involved for this opportunity," Romero said. "I'm going to deliver a world class performance for all the boxing fans out there to enjoy. After defeating my opponent, I know I will make a lasting impression on the viewers and start paving my way to a world title belt."

This won't be the first time Philadelphia's Teah is facing an undefeated fighter on ShoBox. In Las Vegas in 2015, Teah scored a unanimous decision over previously undefeated O'Shaquie Foster. The 30-year-old's only loss came against then-undefeated Lavisas Williams in 2014.

Born in Liberia, Teah did not start boxing until the age of 19. His last four fights have been close to home with three in his hometown of Philadelphia and the other two in Bristol, Pa., and Atlantic City, N.J.

"I know my opponent was an Olympian, and he has been in front of a lot of great fighters," Teah said. "I am excited to face him and take the big challenge. I know I will be his toughest opponent. I am ready to see what he is made of."

THOMAS MATTICE vs. ROLANDO CHINEA - Eight-Round Lightweight

A 27-year-old from Cleveland, Mattice turned pro in 2014 and had an amateur record of 72-18. He was a three-time Ohio State Golden Gloves champion, and bronze medal winner in the USA National Tournament in 2014.

In his last fight on Nov. 11, Mattice beat Orlando Rizo via seventh-round stoppage in Georgia. Mattice, who has recorded four straight KOs and eight overall in 10 professional fights, is a boxer-puncher who likes to attack the body.

"It's a tough fight for sure," Mattice said. "I checked him out. It's going to be a rough fight, but I am prepared for a war. I am prepared for whatever he will bring. I am excited to fight on ShoBox. Ever since I started boxing, I said one day that will be me fighting on TV, and now that dream comes true."

The 26-year-old Chinea returns to ShoBox after handing previously unbeaten Kenneth Sims Jr., the first loss of his professional career via majority decision on July 14. The win moved Chinea's ShoBox record to 2-0. He had previously won an eight-round split decision victory over O'Shaquie Foster in 2016.

A Puerto Rican native now living in Lancaster, Pa., Chinea suffered his only defeat against the hands of Ismail Muwendo in 2015. He has won five straight since, including two unanimous decisions over previously undefeated Ladarius Miller and Mel Crossty, as well as the unbeaten Sims. His last four opponents had a combined record of 38-1-1.

"I know Thomas Mattice is another undefeated fighter with a terrific amateur career," Chinea said. "I am being brought in as his opponent, to make him look good in his national TV debut. I respect Thomas for agreeing to fight me. I am sure that he will bring his best, and it will be another entertaining fight, Chinea style. I am going to be in the best shape of my career. I am going to be stronger, and I am going to hunt him down, rough him up, and beat him. I can't wait to fight and win again on ShoBox."

DEVIN HANEY vs. HARMONITO DELA TORRE - Eight-Round Lightweights

Haney just turned 19 years old last November and already sports a professional record of 18-0 with 12 knockouts. Trained and managed by his father, William Haney, he has been active with nine fights in 2016 and seven in 2017. In his last fight onNov. 4, he scored a fifth-round TKO against Hamza Sempewo in Atlanta.

Raised in Oakland, Calif., Haney was a seven-time national amateur champion and compiled an impressive record of 130-8. Haney is currently living and training in Las Vegas, where he sparred with Floyd Mayweather as the pound-for-pound champ prepared to face Conor McGregor, and Shawn Porter. Haney turned professional when he was 16 years old in Mexico.

"Fighting on SHOWTIME, specifically ShoBox, where many champions have been made, is something I've envisioned since I turned professional in 2015," Haney said. "I'm in tough against Harmonito Dela Torre, a hungry fighter who is coming off his first pro loss. I know his back is up against the wall, so I'm expecting him to bring everything he's got. But this is my time to shine on the big stage and I'm not going to let this opportunity pass me by. I'm the future of boxing and everyone will see my talent on February 2, especially Dela Torre."

Dela Torre is a 23-year-old Philippines native who has been training with Osmiri Fernandez in Miami the past few months at the Sanman Boxing Gym.

Dela was scheduled to fight last on Aug. 22 in Las Vegas in a super featherweight bout against undefeated Saul Rodriguez, who inexplicably pulled out of the matchup a few days before the fight.

Instead, Dela Torre entered the ring in Las Vegas on Nov. 18 and suffered his first loss against 2012 Olympic silver medalist Tugstsogt Nyambayar in an eight-round unanimous decision, despite scoring a second-round knockdown. It was the first time in his first nine fights that Nyambayar was taken the distance.

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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A New Pound-for-Pound Contender:

Terence Crawford Dominates Dierry Jean

By Adam J. Pollack

 Omaha, Nebraska – On Saturday October 24 at the Century Link Center, Omaha’s own world boxing champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) not only successfully defended his championship crown at 140 pounds, but demonstrated that he deserves to be on the current list of top pound-for-pound world boxing champions. To say that he was impressive in defeating Dierry Jean (29-2, 20 KOs) via 10th round TKO is an understatement. Terence Crawford is a complete fighter.

 The atmosphere was electric, as a huge and animated hometown crowd packed the arena, eager to cheer for the man who has revitalized boxing in Nebraska, a state that has not seen a top fighter since title challenger Ron Stander, who Joe Frazier stopped in 4 rounds in 1972 in Omaha. Crawford not only is a top fighter, but he is a champion, and one of the best in the world regardless of weight division.

 Dierry Jean came into the fight with only one loss in 30 professional contests, and that by decision to Lamont Peterson. Terence Crawford became the first and only man to stop Jean inside the distance. Jean was quick and skillful, but nevertheless met his match in every area of the game.

 Although Crawford started the 1st round in the conventional right-handed stance, he soon switched to southpaw, and by the end of the 1st round, he decked the oncoming Jean with a short right hook.

 Thereafter, Crawford carefully selected and fired crisp, sharp, solid shots. He was patient, poised, focused, intense but relaxed, and in control. He maintained good defense against another fast fighter, picking his moments to attack wisely. Crawford managed to land sneaky fast short right hooks, a solid right jab, and mixed in well-placed body blows along with his head shots. He calmly walked down Jean, but maintained range well, knowing how to remain just out of range for defense, or sliding into range for offense, moving his head, alert to potential incoming attacks. Crawford was calm but alert. Here and there he mixed up his single shots with bursts of combinations.

 Jean was looking for a powerful straight right, which he landed only on occasion, particularly in the 8th round, but even when he did land, Crawford took it well and came right back at him, showing his gameness and chin. And when Crawford attacked in earnest, his impact was apparent. Jean was affected by the blows, as he retreated and his legs seemed to wobble a bit.

 Seemingly a common theme with referees these days, Referee Tony Weeks stopped the 8th round early. For some reason, all too often, some referees cannot seem to be able to distinguish the difference between the 10-second warning sound and the bell, even though the two sounds are different, as they were for the seven previous rounds, and one always comes before the other.

 Nevertheless, at the end of the 9th round, Crawford again dropped Jean with a left over the top.

 In the 10th round, Crawford attacked and had Jean wobbly and moving all around the ring. Jean’s cornerman rose up the steps with towel in hand, and seemed on the verge of stopping it, but held back, as Jean teetered on the verge of being able to recover, or not recover. Eventually, Crawford decked Jean into the ropes, and Referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the contest.

 The performance certainly bolstered Crawford’s argument for a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, a fight discussed as a potential option by promoter Bob Arum in the post-fight press conference. A Pacquiao-Crawford fight certainly would be well-worth watching, for Terence Crawford is a fine fighter who can do it all. He is fast, clever, and skillful, but he also can punch and is game, with the desire not just to win, but to finish his opponent. Hence, he is a fighter who you can not only admire for his skill and talent, but enjoy watching for his entertainment value. This performance proved that he belongs in the ring with the best the sport has to offer, including Manny Pacquiao.

 Undercard Action

 Junior middleweight Zsolt Daranyi (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Sean Wilson in the 2nd round. Daranyi fired quick snappy punches and decked Wilson with powerful body blows in both the 1st and 2nd rounds. Zsolt has good footwork, which he uses both offensively and defensively.

 Super lightweight Alfredo Martinez (5-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous 4-round decision over Darin Hampton. Hampton went down twice in the 2nd round, and again took a knee in the 4th round.  

 Super lightweight Alex Saucedo (19-0, 13 KOs) won a 6-round unanimous decision over Angel Martinez, dropping Martinez in the 5th round of the contest en route to the decision victory.

 Super lightweight Julian Rodriguez (11-0, 9 KOs) pounded on Alvaro Ortiz to earn a workmanlike unanimous 6-round decision.

 Featherweight Evgeny Gradovich (20-1-1, 9 KOs) was the aggressor, stronger, and outworked Aldimar Silva to earn a split 8-round decision. I have no idea how one judge scored it for Silva. That judge probably should not be allowed to work as a professional judge.

 Welterweight Mikael Zewski (27-1, 21 KOs) stopped Ayi Bruce in the 5th round. Zewski was too fast for Bruce, and the thudding blows that decked him could be heard throughout the arena.

Heavyweight Andy Ruiz, Jr. (26-0, 17 KOs) brutally pounded on Raphael Zumbano, beating his body and head throughout to earn a unanimous 8-round decision. Zumbano should be careful not to take so many beatings like that. They tend to shorten careers.




Winnavegas Resort & Casino, Sloan, Iowa - On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Patrick Ortiz promoted an excellent night of boxing that featured 7 professional bouts, special guest Sugar Ray Leonard, and ring announcer Jeff Connor from the Contender. I was one of the referees and judges.

In a rematch of their prior draw bout, this time cruiserweight Stephen Edwards outworked Jason Louck over 4 rounds to earn a unanimous decision. Judges Adam Pollack and Jeannie Joiner both had it 39-37, while judge Jeff Sinnett had it 40-36.

Middleweights Thomas Allen and Demetrius Walker engaged in a hard-fought and very even battle that featured Allen's nose gushing blood and spattering all over the place. Allen moved about, attacked with quick flurries, and fired some thudding body shots on the inside. Walker was not quite as active, but landed some very crisp and clean solid head shots from the outside. All three judges, Pollack, Joiner, and Sinnett agreed, scoring the bout 38-38 even for a draw.

Welterweight Darin Hampton scored a 1st round knockout over Charles Dubray. Hampton started the fight with a straight right that immediately decked Dubray in a delayed reaction. Dubray rose in pain and gamely tried to fight back, but another right dropped him again. The circuit breaker in Dubray's arms and legs seemed to have been switched, forcing referee Paul Parry to stop the contest.

Cruiserweight Lorenzo Selectman scored a 4th round technical knockout over Lucas St. Claire. Both men fought in a spirited fashion, but Selectman's blows were more effective. St. Claire went down several times, in part from being overwhelmed by blows and in part as a result of ducking down too low and losing his balance. St. Claire kept rising from the knockdowns and fighting gamely, but ultimately referee Pollack stopped the bout in the 4th round when St. Claire went down from a solid blow.

Welterweight Guy Smith was just too tall and fast for Benjamin Zelfer, who was game and tough but couldn't find the correct range to land on a consistent basis. Smith won a unanimous decision, 49-46 on Joiner and Parry's cards, while Sinnett had it 50-45.

Sugar Ray with Adam

Middleweight Limberth Ponce scored an exciting 6th round technical knockout over the strong, tough, and previously undefeated Bernard Thomas, who had won all of his five contests by knockout. Ponce was just too fast for him and Thomas left himself open to some very solid blows. Ponce scored a knockdown in two separate rounds, and several near-knockdowns. Thomas' head was clear but his legs would give way on occasion, though usually he managed to recover and fight his way out of trouble. Thomas was very game and fought back hard, and even landed some solid left hooks. However, ultimately he allowed Ponce to land too many powerful punches and his legs kept giving way until finally a barrage of blows along the ropes forced referee Pollack to stop the contest.

The main event featured lightweights Manuel Perez and Gerardo Robles fighting 8 rounds for the GBU Continental Lightweight Championship. Although Robles moved and boxed on occasion, for the most part this was an inside war, with both fighters leaning in with their heads and firing away to the body and head. Although every round was competitive, Perez was a bit stronger and more active and won a unanimous decision, 79-74 Parry, 80-72 Joiner, 78-74 Sinnett.

The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the show.












Nothing like boxing in Waterloo . . .

Marksman Boxing Show Hits the Mark

By Adam J. Pollack

Waterloo, IA Aug 3 – Last night at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Promoter Brandon Marks’ Marksman Boxing Promotions hosted “Professional Hitmen,” which was one heck of a good boxing card. I can honestly say that win or lose, every fighter came to fight and give it their all. The evening was packed with nine entertaining bouts. I was one of two referees who worked the card.

Gilbert Venegas, Jr. proved too powerful and relentless for the very tough David LaQue, who took solid blows to the body and head throughout, yet smiled and fought back until he physically could not take it anymore and nature took over. The stoppage came in the 3rd round with LaQue on the ropes and Venegas blasting away.

Marts interrupted by Ref as opponent is done.

Jeremy Marts won a tough scrap with the game and awkward Anthony Woods, who used his height, reach, footwork, some speedy punches, and some clinching to make it challenging. However, ultimately, Marts was stronger and more determined, and eventually wore down and stopped Woods in the 3rd round after dropping him once and pinning him in the corner with a nonstop unanswered barrage that led to the stoppage.

Lionel Jimenez landed very powerful body blows to deck the game William Bokhart several times before the bout ended in the 4th round. Bokhart took it, defended, and fired back, but Jimenez was too strong and determined.

Mike Plazola looked very strong against the game Starr Roberts, who used some defense and sneaky counter blows, but Plazola wore him down and stopped him in the 3rd round.

Travis Fulton found Blake Breitspecher to be somewhat of an awkward foe at first. Although tall, Breitspecher ducked low very well, making Fulton’s right miss over the top. Fulton figured out that he could land a very solid quick jab and then move away from Breitspecher’s attempted counters. Fulton also adapted to the ducking by coming underneath with uppercuts on the inside, which dropped and stopped Breitspecher in the 2nd round.

Kevin Cruz pounded on the game Bryan Timmons, who took some very hard staggering punches but kept fighting back hard until finally a nonstop barrage along the ropes led to the stoppage in the 3rd round.

Limberth Ponce was too fast, relentless, and experienced for Pavel Buravtsov, although the latter was game and fought hard. Ponce decked Buravtsov in the 2nd round, and although he rose and continued to the end of the round, it was clear that he was wilting and was just going to take more punishment, and so his corner agreed to retire him in the corner, which was a smart decision.

Referee makes his mark


Greg Sykes won a 4-round unanimous decision over Jeremie Parks. The pace was relatively slow, but Sykes had the better defense and the far more powerful blows. Parks was just fast enough, defensively skilled enough, and threw enough quick punches to keep it interesting, but Sykes was the better fighter and landed the cleaner more effective shots.

Donovan Dennis put in a very workmanlike outing to win a unanimous 6-round decision over Jamal Woods. Dennis kept a very good pace for a heavyweight, working consistently to the body and head throughout. At times, Woods seemed somewhat like a human punching bag, mostly covering and playing defense, but every now and then he suddenly would lash out with some hard blows that might have caught and done damage to a lesser foe. Dennis clearly outworked him.







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