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Boxing and Figure Skating

Quick, name a sport where the winner is determined by judges instead of by an objective scoring system.  If you said figure skating, you were right.  And if you said boxing, you were also right.

One of the great beauties of boxing is that it’s a one-on-one encounter, and either competitor can end it at any time, leaving absolutely no doubt about who’s the winner.  One of the great flaws of boxing is that if neither competitor is able to end it, the outcome is decided by judges.  Three of tonight’s boxing matches were decided by the judges, and in each case (Quinterio/Farmer, Amouta/Perzynski, Caraway/Rodriguez) there was a substantial contingent of fans and friends who were dissatisfied with the result.  This writer, in all candor, thinks that Farmer, Perzynski, and Rodriguez deserved the wins in those three bouts.

It’s risky business to make sweeping generalizations based on a small sample size, but Tony Palmisano looked like a promising up-and-comer tonight against MMAer BJ Lacy.  Palmisano is big, strong, and fast.  He’s also fit and good looking.  Of course one match doesn’t make a career, but give him a few more fights and Palmisano could become a fan favorite in Minnesota’s paper-thin cruiserweight division.

It was a heartwarming moment when RJ Laase, fresh from his one-round destruction of Jacob Fox, proposed to girlfriend Brittany Koller in the ring, in front of an enthusiastic and supportive crowd.  As you might expect, Laase was walking on air afterwards.  All talk was about desired rematches with Benito Tovar and Rondale Hubbert.  There were legitimate questions asked about the matchmaking between 12-3 Laase and 2-2 Fox, and perhaps those questions deserve to be answered, but for now, it’s easy to just be happy for such a talented and likable young man.

Veshaun Owens, you have been overlooked.  Coming into this bout you were 5-0 with 5 knockouts, but that was against dismal competition.  Tonight you faced a strong and difficult veteran in Romon Barber, and you dominated the match from beginning to premature end.  Is it time to move up to bigger and better things, Mr. Owens?  You made it clear that you think so when you asked for Mohammed Kayongo and Antonio Johnson in the near future.

Joe Amouta is an affable and likable man, and easy to cheer for.  Unfortunately I find myself the same position twice now, with young Amouta.  A year ago, on April 15th 2016, Amouta received an undeserved victory against George Carter Jr, and tonight he was gifted a split draw in a bout that it appeared he had clearly lost.  One onlooker argued earnestly that Amouta was displaying ring generalship and defensive mastery in this bout, when all I saw was a guy sucking wind and running.  I don’t mean to be unnecessarily harsh, and I know boxing is harder than it looks, but I thought that Travis Perzynski had thoroughly tamed Amouta in tonight’s bout.  I was astonished when the result was announced as a draw, and so was a very large and very vocal segment of the crowd.

It’s becoming clear by now that Delorien Caraway is a tremendous athlete with a limited repertoire.  Caraway is really good at loading up, springing lightning-fast attacks, and hurting opponents with limited numbers of unexpected punches.  Why does this work?  Because the punch that does the most damage is the one you didn’t see coming.  What happens, then, when Caraway faces an opponent who is calm, collected, and savvy enough to keep his eyes open and to anticipate the attack?  He’s stymied, that’s what happens.  Tonight Jerome Rodriguez was that calm, collected, and savvy opponent.  For unknown reasons the judges saw things differently, but to these eyes Rodriguez was the clear winner.

Live Round-by-Round, April 21st 2017 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Richard Quinterio (now 2-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Jeff Farmer (now 3-9 with no kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 4 rounds

Round 1

Farmer comes out at a frenetic pace, quivering with excitement, but does little work at first.  Quinterio lands the first punch, but Farmer counters effectively with a short right.  Moments later Farmer lands a hard left that moves Quinterio visibly.  In an exchange Quinterio stumbles backwards and  ends up on one knee, but referee Mark Nelson rules ‘no knockdown.’  Several fast-paced exchanges follow.  Quinterio lands solidly, sending Farmer reeling, but Farmer doesn’t go down.  Quinterio backs Farmer into the blue corner, but Farmer punches his way out.  Quinterio tries to step up the pace, but to little effect.  Now both fighters slow things down. After a break Farmer comes forward and lands a short right hook to the body.  In further exchanges Farmer lands more hard, short punches.

Round 2

Farmer misses a jab, then an overhand right.  Quinterio flurries furiously, landing but failing to affect his opponent.  Farmer is moving side to side.  Quinterio attacks and lands some glancing blows.  Quinterio scores with a power shot that drops Farmer.  Farmer is clearly upset, on his hands and knees.  After the count, Farmer looks a little unsteady and Quinterio comes forward throwing smoke. Farmer lands a single straight right.  Quinterio lands, then Farmer responds.  These two look evenly matched. Quinterio charges in, Farmer lands a hard right.  Quinterio attacks again, Farmer crunches a right hand to the body.  Quinterio winces for a split second, then goes on the attack again, but ineffectively.

Round 3

Farmer misses with a right but lands a good left.  Quinterio is tough as nails and comes forward again.  There’s a close exchange and possibly a clash of heads.  Some tactical pawing from both fighters, then Farmer comes forward and lands a good single shot.  Both men punch at the same time, Farmer is first to counter, landing hard to the head.  Quinterio is having a hard time avoiding Farmer’s one-two – especially the two.  Farmer scores a big left, tries to follow up, and misses.  Quinterio lands three right hooks in quick succession, energizing the crowd.  Farmer is unfazed and comes forward.  Farmer’s corner is calling for more work and more heart.  Farmer comes forward throwing lead rights, southpaw Quinterio is backing up throwing counters, and the bell sounds.

Round 4

The fighters touch gloves, then begin circling.  Farmer is coming forward, Quinterio dodges an attack and plays the matador.  Both men land some pitty pats.  Farmer lunges in with both hands flying.  Quinterio escapes, then comes forward, and lands a combination to body and head.  There’s a clinch and Mark Nelson tells Farmer to keep his head up.  Farmer rushes in, misses a right haymaker, Quinterio counters effectively, scoring impressively.  Farmer remains aggressive, missing more that he’s connecting, but finally landing another short power shot.  Both fighters look gassed, and they’re clinching now.  After another break Farmer lands a right but fails to follow up.   Farmer is coming foward, Qinterio countering.  Ten seconds left and both  men know they need to impress, so they battle across the ring, both connecting but Farmer scoring fractionally more.

Tony Palmisano (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats BJ “The Beast” Lacy (now 1-2 with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 1 of 4 scheduled.

Round 1

The bout starts slowly, with both fighters missing jabs and hooks. Palmisano comes forward, and about 20 seconds into the fight, corners Lacy and lands some power shots.  Palmisano looks like a fighter as he stalks Lacy, landing power shots with both hands.  Palmisano corners Lacy again, scores, and then lets him escape.  Palmisano is aggressive and Lacy looks overmatched.  Palmisano rushes in again, and Lacy lands a solid punch for the first time in the fight.  Moments later Palmisano lands a big shot and Lacy lurches across the ring to the red corner.   The pace slows as Palmisano is picking his spots and Lacy is looking to counter.  With only seconds to go Lacy jabs at Palmisano, and Palmisano responds with a huge right hand!  Lacy is out on his feet, and he topples backward into his own (red) corner, his head crashes to the mat with a sickening smack, and referee Gary Miezwa might have counted to three before waving the fight off.

Celso “El Nino” Ramirez (now 6-0 with 6 kayos) defeats Ryan White Mountain (now 4-7-1 with ? kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 4.

Round 1

Long, lanky White Mountain is seeking to land the left jab at the start of the fight.  Ramirez is dancing on his back foot, looking for an opening.  Ramirez stuns White Mountain, but White Mountain responds like a warrior, trading punches with Ramirez until a shot sends him stumbling and falling into a neutral corner. My angle was bad – I didn’t see the punch that did the damage.  White Mountain lost his mouthpiece and was a little slow finding it and stuffing it back in his mouth.  He springs to his feet and bounces a few times, makes eye contact with referee Mark Nelson, and nods that he’s okay to continue.  The combatants re-engage and Ramirez tags White Mountain again, sending him reeling into the red corner.  Ramirez batters White Mountain until Nelson can let it go no longer, and stops the match.

RJ “T-Rex” Laase (now 13-3 with 9 kayos) defeats Jacob Fox (now 2-5 with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 1 of 6 scheduled.

Round 1

Fox lurches in first, trying to land a jab, but Laase responds with two-handed power and punishes him harshly for the effort.  The early going is brawling, and Fox manages to sneak in a hard hook that lands flush, but Laase is unimpressed and continues to attack.  There’s a quick knockdown – Fox is hurt, but jumps to his feet and the end will have to wait.  After some further mauling, Laase digs his left into Fox’s right side and it’s clearly over, as Fox writhes in agony on the mat.  Referee Gary Miezwa stops the fight, and we have a third straight 1-rounder!

After the fight is over, Laase thrills the crowd by proposing to his girlfriend in the ring.  She said yes!  Congratulations, RJ.

“Samoa” Joe Amouta (now 7-1-1 with 2 kayos) and Travis Perzynski (now 2-2-1 with 1 kayo) fight to a split draw in 6 rounds.  Scores are 58-57 Perzynski, 59-55 Amouta, and 57-57 (even).  The crowd boos the decision lustily.  The prevailing opinion seems to be that Perzynski deserved the win.

Round 1

Amouta jabs low to start things off.  Amouta throws left and right hooks that miss.  Amouta is taking the initiative here, but to little effect.  Perzynski lands a counter, the first earnest punch of the fight to find its mark.  Amouta connects with a couple of big hooks a few seconds apart, the second – a right – moves Perzynski a foot backwards.  Amouta is on offense while Perzynski is attempting some science. Amouta charges in and Perzynski sidesteps him, traps him in the corner, but lands only a single glancing right before Amouta escapes.  Amouta is using speed and quickness and Perzynski hasn’t found his timing.  The first round ends (a miracle!) with some ineffective trading.

Round 2

Amouta begins round 2 coming forward again.  Amouta is loading up for power shots while Perzynski gets low and tries to get to the body.  Amouta lands a right that shudders Perzynski, but Perzynski recovers quickly.  Amouta continues to attack and is landing with more frequency.  Perzynski isn’t overwhelmed exactly, but he seems non-plussed.  Amouta is circling to his left, then lunges in with a right hook, but it misses.  Perzynski’s corner is asking for a “shotgun jab,” but he’s tentative.  There’s a clash on the ropes but it leads to nothing.  Amouta lands an uppercut to Perzynski’s armpit.  Amouta chases Perzynski into a corner, but Perzynski comes alive, landing a couple of hard hooks to Amouta’s head and then flurrying to his body as the round ends.

Round 3

Perzynski is coming forward to start the third.  Amouta is backing up with his left hand low.  Amouta changes direction and pokes a thudding right hand into Perzynski.  Neither man scores for some time, then Perzynski lands a lightning quick jab but doesn’t follow up.  Amouta pops him back.  This is an unscientific boxing match.  Amouta lands a right, Perzynski finally throws a two handed combination and connects.  Both boxers are throwing indiscriminately, and though some punches land, nobody gains the upper hand.  Perzynski lands a very low percentage of his punches, Amouta only slightly higher.  As the round ends the fighters are trading punches near the blue corner, Amouta’s back to the ropes.

Round 4

The fighters continue to fight on more or less even terms, but for the first minute of the fourth Amouta is moving backwards.  Perzynski again looks tentative.  Amouta lands a right.  Perzynski follows but can’t catch him.  Amouta is making a fighting retreat and Perzynski’s corner is convinced that Amouta is exhausted.  Amouta showboats, staring at Perzynski’s corner, points that them, then suddenly lunges in and lands a right.  Perzynski just can’t reach him, and Amouta is playing it safe.  Amouta continues to back up, frequently changing direction, and occasionally throwing a single power shot.  Perzynski lands a couple of glancing punches to Amouta’s body as the clock runs out on this round.

Round 5

Perzynski comes out jabbing from a southpaw stance.  Amouta continues to retreat, throwing occasional counters.  Perzynski traps Amouta against the ropes and finally lands several hooks, but Amouta is shifty and experienced, and scoots away.  What an ugly fight to watch.  Amouta backs into the blue corner, but Perzynski is too tentative to let his hands go.  Perzynski tries to land one or two punches at a time, while Amouta potshots him.  In the center of the ring now, Perzynski lands a flush right that snaps Amouta’s head to the side with a spray of sweat, and the crowd cheers appreciatively.  Perrzynski lands again, but Amouta’s expression is impassive.  After some more mauling, Perzynski traps Amouta agains the ropes and batters him furiously with a barrage of lefts and rights.  The crowd is roaring.  Amouta isn’t out – he’s still turning with the punches and throwing back, but this is Perzynski’s best moment of the fight, and it lasts the remainder of the fifth round.

Round 6

Perzynski comes outaggressive and the action to start the sixth is entertaining, but now Amouta is running again.  Amouta suddenly changes direction and lands a big left hook that freezes Perzynski for a split second.  Perzynski resumes the chase while Amouta is sucking wind and actually running away.  Perzynski is pouring it on, but he can’t land cleanly on the more skilled an experienced Samoan.  Amouta stands still for a moment and Perzynski cracks him with a good right hook. Amouta wakes up and boxes the remainder of the round, and connects at least one solid power shot.  The crowd is cheering now, but mostly just to break the monotony.

Veshawn Owens (now 6-0 with 6 kayos) defeats Romon Barber (now 7-14 with 6 kayos) in round 1 of 6 scheduled.

Round 1

Owens is bobbing and jabbing to start the bout.  Barber isn’t intimidated, and throws a right.  Referee Gary Miezwa pauses the action momentarily to instruct Owens to keep his punches up.   Owens keeps up the fast pace for a few moments longer, but it isn’t sustainable, and Barber is a difficult and frequently underestimated boxer.  Owens is jabbing and throwing one-twos, trying to outquick Barber.  Barber is taking a beating but occasionally countering to score.  Owens traps Barber in the red corner and hurts him to the body.  Barber goes down, takes some deep breaths, and rises.  The action resumes, and Owens goes on offense, tagging Barber mercilessly to the head and body.  Finally a combination culminates with (I think) a right to the head and a left to the body, and Barber goes down slowly, remains down for a count of ten, and rises unsteadily as Miezwa waves the fight off.

After the fight Owens tells the crowd that his burning ambition is to fight Mohammed Kayongo next.  Of course Kayongo is scheduled to face world-ranked Carson Jones on May 5th, so we will see what develops.  **Update – I am told that Kayongo is injured and will not be fighting May 5th after all.**

Delorien “Lord” Caraway (now 9-1 with 5 kayos) defeats Jerome Rodriguez (now 7-7-3 with 2 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 6 rounds.  Scores are 59-56, 58-56, 59-55

Round 1

The bout begins with a lot of fast feinting from Caraway, then he tries a couple of power shots that miss.  There’s an early clinch, Caraway punches on the break, but is not penalized as it was only once and appeared inadvertent.  Rodriguez is warned by Mark Nelson to keep his head up.  After some tactical movements Caraway clobbers Rodriguez and sends him reeling across the ring, to be caught by the ropes.  Caraway sticks his left hand in Rodriguez’s face and shoots some rights into him, and is instructed by Nelson not to hold his hand in his opponent’s face.  Caraway is determined to impress with speed and power.  Caraway does the bulk of the scoring in the first round with fast, wide hooks and overhand rights.

Round 2

Rodriguez comes out jabbing in round 2.  Caraway counters with hard hooks, forcing Rodriguez to hold.  Rodriguez is coming forward now, Caraway is countering with stinging hooks.  Rodriguez gains some confidence and chases a flustered Caraway into a neutral corner, scoring along the way.  Caraway is fast and confident, but he can freeze when pressed.  Rodriguez keeps coming, Caraway has found the jab to keep him outside.  Rodriguez gets inside the jab, lands a left hook, and Caraway counters with a couple of low left hooks that land on or below Rodriguez’s hip.

Round 3

Caraway is relying on his speed again in round 3, but Rodriguez looks to time him.  There’s some trading, and Caraway lands a right to the abdomen that bends Rodriguez halfway over.  Rodriguez shakes it off and keeps coming, but Caraway is concentrating on the body now.  Rodriguez is coming forward, taking his time, and lands a straight right to the body of Caraway.  Caraway stands his ground and them comes forward again.  Rodriguez seizes the initiative and is coming forward once more, looking for an opening.  Rodriguez isn’t particularly fast, but he knows when to flurry.  He scores with four or five punches with seconds to go – the bell rings before Caraway can respond.

Round 4

Rodriguez is inching forward, ducking under Caraway’s hooks, and landing occasionally.  Caraway stops backing up and stands up to Rodriguez, landing a couple of hard hooks.  Rodriguez is better than advertised, and Caraway’s face is starting to show some wear.  Rodriguez is beginning to pull away, although Caraway has lightning in his hands and can occasionally land dazzlingly fast power punches. Rodriguez is backing up, circling to his left, and jabbing.  Caraway pops him with a big straight right, and Rodriguez comes forward again.  Rodriguez scores well with a power combination, and the bell rings with Caraway trying to score back.

Round 5

Both men are tentative to start the fifth.  Rodriguez again inches forward shooting the jab, and catching Caraway rushing in, lands a jab and a follow-up counter.  Caraway shows a moment of energy, but he’s covering up more now. Rodriguez is controlling the middle of the ring, picking his shots, and punishing Caraway.  Suddenly Caraway comes out of his shell with a beautiful right hand that puts Rodriguez off balance.  The fight is turning into a back-and-forth battle now, with each man taking turns scoring. Caraway throws a single straight right to Rodriguez’s midriff in an otherwise uneventful stretch.  Rodriguez lands a couple more power shots, the bell rings, and Rodriguez weaves back to his corner with blood oozing from his nose.

Round 6

Caraway wants to end it all at once, but Rodriguez catches him in mid-flurry, snapping his head back. Caraway is dangerous backing up, but Rodriguez continues to come forward.  Caraway lands a right-left and grins.  Caraway lunges in and bangs heads with Rodriguez.  Now they’re mauling, grappling. Rodriguez creates some space and chases Caraway across the ring, popping jabs and scoring.  Caraway eats a right from Rodriguez and they clinch.  Ten seconds to go, the fighters trade, the bell rings, and they smile and hug.

This is one of those inexplicable bad decisions where one fighter dominates the bout and gets stiffed.  I can not fathom how anyone gave  Caraway the win, let alone all three judges.

Boxing Results: January 20th, 2016 at Grand Casino Hinckley

I’m sorry to say that a professional (non boxing-related) emergency kept me away from the fights on Friday night.  The results of Friday’s fights appear below, with observations from a couple of on-site observers incorporated.

Rob Brant (now 22-0 with 15 kayos) defeated Alexis Hloros (now 18-6-2 with 12 kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 10 scheduled.  Brant scored early with a hard jab, drove his opponent into a corner, and then punished him with power punches to the body.  Hloros probably could have continued, but everyone could see he was outclassed.  Brant retained his WBA-NABA Middleweight title.

Duarn Vue (now 11-0-2 with 4 kayos) defeated Lance Williams (now 7-7 with 7 kayos) by TKO in round 2.  Vue looked sharp in a dominating performance.  Vue’s WBF World Super Featherweight title was not at stake.

DeLorien Caraway (now 8-1 with 5 kayos) defeated Deonte Wilson (now 5-2 with 3 kayos) by decision in a Junior Welterweight bout.  Caraway’s speed was impressive, but he was loading up on single shots instead of throwing combinations.

Skender Halili (now 13-1 with 13 kayos) defeated Romon Barber (now 7-13 with 6 kayos) by TKO in round 5.  Light Middleweight prospect Halili impressed with heavy hands against underrated journeyman Barber.

Jose Homar Rios (now 1-4 with 1 kayo) was defeated by TKO by Matt Murphy (now 2-8-1) in round 3 of what was to have been a lightweight bout.  Murphy came in several pounds overweight, and had advantages in both power and beard.  The referee stoppage was a fair one.

Adrian Taylor (now 3-0 with 3 kayos) defeated Matt Chavez (now 0-2) by TKO in a battle of cruiserweights.

Bye-bye, Ouch, Oops, Wow,Well Done,Oh Heck, Congratulations!

Some disorganized thoughts about tonights fights and what they mean, if anything…

Rob Brant’s emphatic destruction of Delray Raines means that we’re unlikely to see Brant fight in his home state of Minnesota for a while.  As Brant observed in his post-fight interview, nine of his first twenty professional fights have taken place at Grand Casino Hinckley.  But his next bout is already listed for May 21st in Las Vegas, and provided he wins that one, he’s probably off to bigger and better things.  If/when he does fight in Minnesota again, it’ll probably be in the distant future and at a larger venue in the Twin Cities.

Speaking of Brant/Raines, a person in the know was heard to say that the reason Raines was unable to continue after his first-round knockdown was a dislocated rib.  This writer has never experienced a dislocated rib (let’s keep it that way) but it is said to be one of the most painful conditions in human experience.  Hopefully a video playback of that short fight will become available soon, but until then, I have to say that I didn’t see Brant land a body punch against Raines, and to his credit Brant acknowledged that he didn’t remember throwing one.  So the rib injury must have been suffered in the event of the collapse following a head punch, not as the direct result of a punch.

The Fistic Mystic does not like to criticize our local boxing officials or the indispensable work that they do, but once in a while they do err, and the Amouta-Carter fight is one of those instances.  Two of the three judges scored that bout for Amouta, and though he fought admirably against the odds, so did Hiroo Onoda.  (Look him up.)  It’s a shame that George Carter Jr has to take a loss in this fight, because he certainly didn’t deserve it.  Hopefully a prompt rematch can be arranged.

Tonight’s six-rounder between Dennis Hogan and Angel Hernandez was brought to you by the roulette wheel.  First Hernandez was scheduled as an opponent for 12-1-1 Antonio Johnson of Saint Paul, who holds the Minnesota light middleweight title.  Johnson suffered an eye injury and dropped out of the fight; 18-5 Mohammed Kayongo, the man who Johnson beat for the MN title, was named as Johnson’s replacement.  But that match didn’t last long, as Kayongo withdrew for undisclosed reasons.  So 22-1-1 Dennis Hogan of Australia was named as the third dance partner for Hernandez.  Now Hernandez might have been perceived as the hapless opponent, but he clearly didn’t see himself that way.  Hernandez was an aggressive, stubborn, tough, and clever opponent for the well-regarded Australian, and he made the paper mismatch an entertaining brawl.  Kudos to both fighters, but particularly to Angel Hernandez!

Markus Morris earned his win against Mike Fowler, though.  Good job, Markus.  It looked to me like Morris had a definite size advantage, but it wasn’t just size that won this fight for him; this victory was earned by way of aggression and tempo.

Sometimes a boxer encounters an unexpectedly tough opponent early in his career.  This happened to Michael Carbajal when he debuted against future world champion (and virtual unknown) Will Grigsby back in 1989, and it happened to Cory Thompson tonight, when he stepped in the ring with Michael Thunder.  Thunder is shorter than Thompson and he looks a little soft in the body.  I don’t know Thunder’s amateur credentials, but Thompson was an Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champ who was thought by some to be Minnesota’s most sweet-boxing amateur a couple of years ago.  Thompson is also tall, lanky, quick, skillful, and very fit.  But Thunder was a tough and persistent opponent who wouldn’t lie down or go away.  I hope that rather than be discouraged, Thompson will be inspired to work harder and learn more, to further his career in pugilism.

Ryan Watson looked like a man while fighting a man tonight.  He took some big punches and kept coming forward.  I know that BJ Lacy thought the fight was stopped prematurely, and maybe I should be more sympathetic, but it must have been clear to onlookers (as it was to me) that Lacy was overmatched and outclassed by the big-shouldered youngster from Duluth.

Last of all, let me offer congratulations to Phillip Adyaka, a tough young man who has dealt with some hard luck.  Adyaka is a tiny bull of a fighter, diminutive in height and densely muscled.  That means that he’s always at a disadvantage in height and reach.  But Adyaka won his super featherweight bout with Dale Bennett tonight in impressive fashion.

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Round by Round Report: April 15th, 2016 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Philip Adyaka (now 5-6 with 3 kayos) defeats Dale Bennett (now 1-2 with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 2 of a super featherweight bout

Round 1

Bennett rushes to the center of the ring and mauls Adyaka.  He lands a number of plodding punches, but no damage is done.  Bennett is coming forward.  He isn’t a highly skilled boxer, but he’s aggressive, lunging.  Adyaka lands a hard counter, which cuts Bennett’s aggression by half.  Adyaka is beginning to take the initiative, coming forward and throwing a lot of power shots that miss.  Finally he lands – left or right I couldn’t see – and Bennett begins retreating.  Adyaka pursues, scoring with a couple of short, glancing lefts.  Adyaka scores well and wobbles Bennett, who collects himself quickly and wrestles Adyaka to the canvas.  But Adyaka is all offense now.  Adyaka lands a huge looping (left?) that drops Bennett, who is clearly distressed, tapping his chin and flexing his jaw.  Bennett rises, and there’s a brief delay while his mouthguard is reinserted.  The round ends as soon as “time in” is called.

Round 2

Adyaka rushes Bennett, swarming and landing power shots, battering him from one end of the ring to the other.  Adyaka’s right lands, and Bennett reels backwards into the ropes, but does not go down.  Adyaka slows the pace of his attack.  Now coming forward but looking to counter, Adyaka lands a number of power shots and Bennett goes down.  Adyaka follows Bennett into the red corner and batters him, and finally referee Mark Nelson stops the bout.  Nelson calls for the doctor.  There’s talk in Bennet’s corner of a broken or dislocated jaw.

Ryan Watson (now 2-0 with 2 kayos) defeats BJ Lacy (now 0-1) by TKO in round 2 of a cruiserweight bout

Round 1

This round begins tentatively.  Watson jabs, then Lacy jabs.  A few seconds more and there’s a halfhearted exchange, but no one is tagged.  Watson cautiously double-jabs, backs up, and Lacy lands the first earnest punch of the bout, a left to the body.  Watson comes forward out of the corner and loops a left hand over Lacy’s guard, popping him in the head.  Lacy backs up and tells the younger Watson, “come on.”  Both men are too cautious to attack, so this round is tactical thus far.  Lacy throws a two punch combo, but it is ineffectual.  Watson is letting his left hand hang low.  Lacy comes forward landing a left and then a hard right to the head, but Watson is unaffected and comes forward.  After a more active exchange from both men, Watson scores nicely with a one-two.  The fighters both try to score as the bell rings, which pleases the crowd.

Round 2

Watson is circling to the right.  Lacy comes forward and tries him, and Watson clobbers him, but it was evidently ruled a trip, because Lacy jumped up and there was no count.  Watson misses on a counter, then Lacy attacks and lands a hard left to the body.  Watson disengages, re-engages, and lands a stiff jab.  Then another jab and a follow right.  Now Watson attacks, backs Lacy into a corner with a huge barrage, and batters him there.  Lacy puts his head down and pushes forward, all the while getting beat around the head and shoulders.  Lacy tries to go on offense, but Watson’s boxing is too precise, and Watson scores with many power shots.  Though Lacy is still trying to fight back, referee Russell Mora seems to have decided that the bout is no longer competitive, because he stops the fight over Lacy’s incredulous objection.

Michael Thunder (now 1-1 with no kayos) is defeated by Corey Thompson (now 2-0 with 1 kayo) by Unanimous Decision (39-36, 39-36, 39-36) in four rounds

Round 1

Thompson opens with some jabs, then pauses, and then misses with a sweeping left.  Thompson  clearly doesn’t respect his soft-bodied opponent, because he’s coming forward, trying to score early with big power shots.  Thunder, for his part, is moving his head and throwing counters, and it is he who scores first.  Thompson is trying to figure out this riddle.  Thompson is missing with his punches, and Thunder’s counters are landing with some frequency.  Thompson tries working from close in, and lands a couple of hooks.  Now Thunder is coming forward, albeit slowly, taking the initiative.  This is more favorable to Thompson, who scores a few times.  Ten seconds to go in the round, Thompson leads with a straight right that lands cleanly, and as the bell rings, Thunder responds with a right that scores.  Thunder’s corner congratulates him, telling him that he wobbled Thompson, but I’m afraid I didn’t see that.

Round 2

Thompson, who is much more physically imposing than Thunder, is sent out by his corner, who instruct him to ‘win this round.’  After about 30 seconds Thompson takes the fight to Thunder, coming forward and landing a left, then a right hook to the head that drops Thunder.  Thunder is hurt and angry, and he gets up, but now Thompson is taking more risks to put this fight away.  Thompson attacks and lands, but Thunder connects with a hard counter.  Referee Mark Nelson breaks the fighters, and Thompson attacks again.  Thunder lands a shot as Thompson steps, and Thompson is off balance, falling into a neutral corner and catching himself on the ropes.  Thompson shakes his head, signifying that he wasn’t hurt.  Now a moment of hot action, with both men attacking and a number of power shots landing.  Thunder is looking ragged and tired now.  Thompson lands a flurry of power shots as the bell rings.

Round 3

The round opens with a left from Thunder that misses, and a counter left from Thompson that lands and moves Thunder.  Thompson is looking sharper now, and he comes forward, landing some hurtful shots, but also eating a big left from Thunder in the bargain.  Thunder tries to come forward,  and Thompson sharpshoots him, landing to the face and head.  Thunder, who looks tired, puts his head forward and bulls forward, but he and Thompson both miss.  Now an exchange, and Thunder lands firt, but Thompson lands harder.  Thunder scores with a single right.  Thompson throws a five  punch combination, landing the last three.  Thompson attacks Thunder’s midsection.  Thompson connects with a single jab.  Thunder finally responds, landing a soft right.  Thompson goes on the attack, but Thunder moves his head and counters with a hard shot that Thompson shakes off.  There’s another exchange as the bell rings.

Round 4

Thunder’s corner acts disgusted in between rounds, telling him it’s the last round, and he should ‘suck it up.’  Thunder starts this round coming forward, but a precise Thompson makes him miss and counters successfully.  Thunder comes forward, but Thompson steps forward and tags him.  There’s a wild exchange in which Thunder misses with all his punches and Thunder goes body-head.  Thunder continues to pursue, and lands two shots.  The two fighters clash, and Thunder lands two more.  Thompson is moving and circling, going forward and back.  Thompson attacks, and Thunder connects with a left hook to the head.  Thompson is tentative now, and Thunder connects again.  Thunder is breathing hard though his mouth, and Thompson attacks.  Thompson scored more, but Thunder did land a parting shot.  Thompson attacks again, and outlands Thunder, but fight fans appreciate that Thunder is game and does land another big straight right.  After a further exchange, the bell rings and the fight is over.

Markus Morris (now 8-2 with 4 kayos) defeats Mike Fowler (now 5-2 with 2 kayos) by unanimous decision after six rounds in a super lightweight bout

Round 1

Morris jabs, Fowler counters, and the fight is on.  Morris is chasing and Fowler retreats to the ropes, where Morris lands a right that buckles his knees, but Fowler seems alright and the fight continues.  Morris, emboldened, attacks and chases Fowler across the ring.  Morris catches fowler, but Fowler counters and mauls, tying Morris up.  Morris attacks and Fowler tries to jump away a la Mayweather, but Morris lands a right as Fowler springs backwards.  Morris attacks again, and there’s an exchange along the ropes near the blue corner.  Morris follows Fowler across the ring to the red corner and scores nicely, but back in the center of the ring Fowler lands a power shot, his best scoring shot of the fight so far.  Morris continues on the prowl, but Fowler ducks under a wide ranging hook.  Now Morris does the same, ducking a Fowler punch.  But Morris catches Fowler and as the round ends he lands one good punch.

Round 2

Morris is aggressive as the round begins, but Fowler wants to exchange now, and so they do.  Fowler is putting up a little stiffer opposition in round 2, hitting and sidestepping, popping Morris and moving away.  After 30 seconds of advantage fowler is stymied as Morris stands up to his attack, landing one counter.  Now the pace slows.  Morris triple jabs but misses.  Fowler lungers forward from the southpaw stance, landing a straight left that snaps Morris’s head back.  Morris comes forward and catches up with Fowler, landing a one-two.  Fowler comes forward, lands two single shots, ducks a counter from Morris.  Morris chases Fowler and lands a couple of glancing blows.  Fowler is inching forward with his hands down.  Morris is unable to land, there’s a tie-up, now Morris lands a left a fraction of a second after the bell.

Round 3

The pace is faster at the start of round 3, and lands with some success.  Fowler is warned by referee Russell Mora for head butting.  In an ordinary exchange Morris lands a left hook to the head that wobbles Fowler, and Fowler wilts under continued attack, finally going to his knees.  There’s an eight count, and the bout continues.  Now Morris attacks with abandon, chasing Fowler around the ring and missing more than he dconnects, but finally cornering Fowler against the ropes in the red corner and powering in a straight right that hurts Fowler.  Fowler looks damaged, but he recovers nicely and slickly dodges some more of Morris’s most earnest punches.

Round 4

Morris is in full attack mode as round 4 begins, backing Fowler into the ropes, but Fowler exchanges with him on even terms.  Fowler can be a pretty good fighter, in spurts.  Morris follows Fowler across the ring, landing a one-two, but Fowler gets away.  Morris chases him down again…Morris lands a straight right that bent Fowler back.  Some more shuffling around and Morris does it again.  Morris is trying to keep the pressure on, and it’s having the desired effect.  Fowler dodges a punch and throws a counter that misses.  Morris comes forward again and Fowler ties him up.  Morris punches out of the tie-up and lands two more, then Fowler fires back.  Morris and Fowler trade in a phone booth, but Fowler’s punches land with less authority.  There’s another tie up, and the bell rings just before Morris lands one more punch.

Round 5

Morris is chasing again in round 5.  Fowler tries to trade, and Morris pops him with a hard right hand.    Fowler is moving okay and looks alert, but his aggression is waning.    A Morris attack ends with a tie up, and Fowler’s corner yells at him “now is the time!”  Fowler attacks with good effect, makes Morris miss, then throws another combo that ends with a hard right hook to the body.  Morris continues to chase, traps Fowler against the ropes, and lands a straight, but Fowler is resilient.  Morris attacks again and Fowler retreats.  Morris attacs again, but Fowler makes him miss.  Tensconds left in the round, there’s an exchange of hard punches and Morris outlands Fowler, bouncing him backwards.  The two engage again as the bell rings.

Round 6

Fowler comes out aggressive and the two exchange, but the exchange ends badly, with a clash of heads.  Fowler is the more bothered. The fight resumes and Morris lands some hard shots in the red corner, hurting Fowler, but Fowler escapes.  Morris chases him down again and there’s a tie up.  More chasing and Morris lands a har left to the beak of Fowler.  Fowler is overmatched but game, and now the two are shoulder to shoulder, trading power shots in the center of the ring.  There’s a clinch, and a break.  Fowler lands a single hard left, ducks a Morris flurry, and runs away.  Morris chases and lands one left that snaps Fowler’s head back.  There is no artistry to this fight.  More mauling, and Morris lands another single shot.  As the ten second warning sounds, both men attack, but neither lands effectually.

RJ Laase (12-2) -vs- Ricky Smith (3-8), welterweights, scheduled for x rounds

No Result – this fight was canceled due to Smith’s failure to make weight

Dennis Hogan (now 23-1-1 with 7 kayos) defeats Angel Hernandez (now 17-18-1 with 13 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 6 rounds (59-55 on all three scorecards) in a light middleweight bout

Round 1

Hernandez is the more active fighter in the earely going, probably recognizing that his best chance of victory is a lucky punch before he runs out of steam.  So Hernandez attacks and attacks, and Hogan sidesteps or dodges most of the punches.  After a lengthy wait, Hogn finally throws a couple of power shots that connect.  Hogan punches Hernandez into the ropes, but Hernandez rebounds and aattacks with urgency.  Hogan steps into an attack that stuns Hernandez against the ropes – when Hernandez just stands there, Hogan attacks with gusto and punches him out of his daze.  The remainder of the round consists of Hogan being sharper and Hernandez being tougher than expected.

Round 2

Hernandez comes out aggressive again, but Hogan counters his jabs with greater precision.  Hernandez does sneak in a hard left that scores for him, but Hogan grabs him and holds on, pounding Hernandez in the ribs until referee Mark Nelson calls a break.  Hernandez is looking for an opening, and attacks gamely, but Hogan deftly dodges a punch and attacks with far greater effectiveness.  Hernandez is showing that Hogan can be hit.  Hogan follows a retreating Hernandez and lands a rising right hook to the body, and Hernandez tries not to react.  Hernandez is fighting from the outside now, and Hogan is making more of an effective to catch him.  Hogan corners Hernandez and lands hard, flush shots that bend Hernandez over, but Hernandez explodes in an attack that pleases the crowd, even if it won’t influence the outcome of the fight.  There’s a break, and then a bell.

Round 3

Hernandez attacks at the bell, Hogan clinches, and there’s mauling until the ref calls a break.  In the center of the ring Hogan lands a looping right, then another one.  But Hernandez won’t go easily, and he comes forward again, flailing and landing.  Hogan comes forward and lands a right to the belly, then sidesteps Hernandez’s attempted counter.  Hernandez ducks into an attack, but it fizzles out.  Hogan is coming forward now, then tries to punch out of a clinch, landing something more than shoeshine but less than serious punches.  Hogan is inching forward, but Hernandez is a wily veteran and grabs his arm.  Hogan lands a right that sends Hernandez’s mouthpiece into my lap.  After a brief break the fight resumes, and Hogan’s superior timing is showing.  However Hernandez won’t back down, and does land a couple of scoring shots.  Hernandez comes forward, but Hogan counters and sends Hernandez reeling, then presses the attack as the bell sounds.

Round 4

Hernandez comes out jabbing hard.  Hogan comes forward, and there’s a hard exchange in which both men land good shots.  Another exchange ends with a headbutt, and Hernandez scurries across the ring complaining of a painfully injured brow.  After a brief interlude, Hernandez goes on the attack again, but Hogan reverses his momentum and presses forward.  The bodies clash, and another exchange devolves into a clinch.  Hogan comes forward and lands a hard right to the Hernandez’s side.  Hogan is looking to do real damage now.  Hernandez back into a corner then comes out with guns blazing, and both men land.  I couldn’t tell you who landed the better punch.  Both men circle right, then stop and Hogan comes forward.  Hogan punches Hernandez into a corner, but Hernandez bulls out again.  Hernandez, who knows a few tricks, lands a right hook and a left elbow just before the bell.

Round 5

Hernandez is out for blood in the sixth, lands a power shot, then powers forward and actually punches Hogan into a corner for the first time.  From Hogan’s perspective this fight has gone on too long already, and he’s coming forward again.  Hernandez lunges forward in an off-balance attack, and that would have been a good time for Hogan to score, but the moment passes.  Hogan is moving a lot now, forward and back, side to side, and lands a good scoring shot.  There’s a break and Hogan steps into a right hand that lands, but without much steam.  Another exchange ends with Hernandez landing and Hogan countering much harder, jolting Hernandez’s head.  Ten seconds to go, Hogan  double jabs and follows Hernandez, who fires forward just before the bell.

Round 6

Hernandez rushes forward with a furious attack and pops Hogan a good one, spraying sweat into the crowd.  Hernandez is jab-jab-jabbing, but he’s jabbing at Hogan’s hands.  Now Hogan attacks, step-jabbing and landing, then following with a good right to the body.  After a break Hernandez attacks and lands, but in an exchange Hogan knocks Hernandez’s mouthpiece out again.  Referee Nelson lets the exchange peter out before pausing the action for reapplication of protection.  In the next exchange Hogan lands a jab that snaps Hernandez’s head back, but soon after another exchange sees Hernandez exchange on even terms with Hogan.  Hogan seeks the momentum and attacks with hard, damaging punches to the head and espectially the body, scoring well.  Hernandez responds with an attack of his own and with about fifteen seconds left in the round Hogan knocks his mouthpiece out yet again.  The exchange continues and the round (and the fight) end before Nelson calls time.

Hernandez gave a good account of himself, but for harder and more effective punching Hogan should get the win.

Joe Amouta (now 5-1 with 2 kayos) defeats George Carter Jr. (now 13-2-1 with 7 kayos) by split decision (58-56 Carter, 58-56 Amouta, 58-56 Amouta) after six rounds in a super middleweight bout

Round 1

This bout begins with both fighters emphasizing caution and quickness.  The first effective punching doesn’t occur until, after 30 or 40 seconds of tactics, Carter backs Amouta into a corner, but the action is short-lived   Both fighters are feinting and feeling each other out.  Carter backs Amout into a corner again, but fails to make hay.  Back in the center of the ring Carter comes forward punching and lands a left to Amouta’s head, to which Amouta nods in respect.  The round ends with no further effective activity.

Round 2

Orthodox Amouta and southpaw Carter are jabbing tentatively in the early going, but Carter inches forward until he traps Amouta against the ropes and bangs him to the body.  Amouta is eager to rumble though, and after backing into the ropes again, he hammers Carter back with both hands.  Carter is using his shoulder and his weight to force Amouta to go places he doesn’t want to go, but he hasn’t visibly hurt Amouta.  Carter is a physical presence in this ring, but Amouta isn’t backing down, and even as Carter using great speed and quickness to land power shots to the head, Amouta doesn’t flinch.  Nevertheless, Carter is gaining the advantage here.  Here’s an exchange, and both men land once.  Amouta attacks at the ten-second hammer and for the first time forces Carter backwards, landing one and perhaps two power punches before the bell.

Round 3

Our fighters are stationary in the center of the ring, both jabbing for position.  Amouta inches forwar and lands a flush right to Carter’s head, then moments later does the same thing again.  Carter stands his ground and fires back.  Amouta steps forward and lands anotehre right, and then another.  Cartr terns him nto the ropes and lands a hard,, short right hook.  In an exchange Amouta seems to drag his foot and loses his balance, but Carter doesn’t capitalize on his momentary discomfiture.  More jabbing, and both  men are showing respect.  Carter rushes Amouta into a corner, but Amouta counters more effectively than Carter attacks.  Amouta launches a counterattack and wobbles Carter with a flush-landing punch.  Amouta is gaining confidence and feinting, covering up, coaxing…trying to lure Carter into an attack, but Carter withholds until the bell rings.

Round 4

Amouta is the more active and aggressive fighter at the beginning of the fourth, jabbing and lunging, trying to land.  Carter backs him into a corner and lands solidly, but Amouta shakes his head.  Carter is taller and looks bigger, and he is bullying Amouta into the ropes,then trying to create enough distance to land.  it works intermittently.  Break. Amouta comes forward and lands a straight right that buckles Carter’s knees.  Carter is sturdy though, and responds with equal aggression, though not equaling Amouta’s result.  The rest of the round includes much activity but little action, and produces no further scoring.

Round 5

Amouta is backing up, but suddenly changes direction and lands a left hook to Carter’s head.  Carter comes alive, attacking and scoring.  One senses that Carter is more physically gifted than Amouta, and his physical advanges need to be greater than Amouta’s stubborn toughness.  Carter shoulders Amouta into the ropes again, and begins to outwork him, effectively shoving Amouta to create enough space to land power shots.  Amouta gets free and circles to his right.  Both men attack at the same time, neither scores, and they tie up.  Break.  Carter is dancing and feinting in the center of the ring; he feels his advantage now.  Amouta tries to attack and score just before the bell, but Carter moves his head and nothing lands.

Round 6

The boxers sportingly touch gloves before beginning the sixth.  Carter is staying on the outside, jabbing and pawing.  Amouta comes forward and lands one hard straight right.  Carter responds with a flurry that scores.  More jabbing from Carter.  Carter tries to follow that right jab with a straight left, but Amouta dodges it.  Now in the center of the ring the two men trade, and Amouta gives ground to the bigger Carter.  They tie up in the ropes, break, and move to the center of the ring.  Amouta rushes forward and Carter ducks under his offense.  Amouta attacks again, and Carter counters with a right hook that scores.  Carter again pushes Amouta into a corner – Amouta turns him, but the referee steps in and breaks them.  Now they trade, and Amouta landed last and got the best of it.  Carter steps into a lead left hook and lands it.  Ten seconds to go, and the two wait until the last second to flurry, with Amouta landing the harder punch.  The fight is over.

Samoa Joe Amouta took the SD win in this bout, but the Fistic Mystic cannot countenance this result.  It is thought here that Carter was clearly the stronger and more effective fighter.

Rob “Bravo” Brant (now 20-0 with 13 kayos) defeats Delray “The Rainmaker” Raines (now 19-13-2 with 14 kayos) by TKO in round 1 to defend his WBA-NABA Middleweight title.  The bout is stopped by ref Mark Nelson at :55 of the first round.

Round 1

Raines tries to touch gloves, but Brant ignores his outstretched hand and rushes forward with a triple jab that misses.  Raines tries to attack but loses his balance, stumbling toward the ropes in Brant’s (blue) corner.  Raines shrugs, circles, and decides to fight from close in.  Raines attempts an attack, but Brant responds with a furious flurry to the head, and Raines drops.  Raines attempts to rise to his knees, then drops in obvious pain, holding his side.  His agonized grimace alarms referee Mark Nelson, who waves the fight off and motions for medical assistance.

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Markus Morris (now 7-2 with 4 kayos) defeats Patrick Cape (now 6-12 with 3 kayos) by TKO at 1:54 of round one.

Round 1

The round begins with the fighters circling left.  Morris attacks first, catching Cape with an awkward punch, moving Cape’s head.  Cape escapes, no worse for wear, but Morris is the aggressor and resumes the attack.  Cape is is blocking Morris’s punches with his head in the early going.  Our fighters get into a phone booth and in a near-clinch Morris lands a solid left that drops Cape to his knees.  After the fight resumes there’s lots of rough stuff, with Morris landing lots of short hooks.  Cape is dropped again but beats the count, but looks a little disoriented in the neutral corner.  After another resumption, Morris attacks with purpose and Cape takes another short right, drops a third time.  Referee Mark Nelson stops the fight at 1:54 of round 1.

Raul Munoz (now 23-20 with 16 kayos) is defeated by Mohammad Kayongo  (now 18-4-1 with 13 kayos) by TKO at 2:14 of round 1

Round 1

Munoz starts out circling to Kayongo’s right.  Kayongo rotates to face his opponent.  Munoz throws several jabs to open the fight, but there’s no intent.  Munoz is moving, moving, moving.  Now Munoz steps forwar and lands one good left jab and moves out    Munoz is looking to score, but the next time he comes in Kayongo lands and chases him.    Munoz is moving, circling…he comes close again and Kayongo counters with a power shot.  ow the pattern is set, with Munoz stepping forward and Kayongo landing a wicked series of power punches.  Munoz looks wobbly for a moment, but collects himself and moves away.  One last time, the fighters close the gap, and Kayongo lands a killer combination of hooks to the body.  Munoz crumbles.  He’s grimacing as he rolls onto his back, and there’s no doubt it’s over.  Referee Gary Miezwa counts him out, and that’s a TKO win for the African Assassin.

Antwan Robertson (now 10-14-1 with 6 kayos) defeats  Philip Adyaka (now 4-6 with 2 kayos) by Unanimous decision after five rounds.  (48-47, 48-47,48-47)

Round 1

Adyaka leads things off with a snappy jab.  Both men feint, then both jab.  The fighters are measuring.  Robertson attacks like I haven’t seen him do in years, landing a one-two that scores nicely.  Robertson attacks again, but Adyaka counters.  Now Adyaka comes forward, landing a one-two.  Adyaka isses with a left hook and Robertson makes him pay with a double counter.  They tie up in the ropes, and breakk.  Adyaka is inching forward, leads with a triple jab, and scores.  Robertson is moving more, shuffling to his left.  Now Robertson retreats and gets into a corner.  Adyaka comes forward, but robertson runs.  They circle the ring, Adyaka finally attacking.  There’s an exchange that benefits neither man.  Ten seconds to go and Robertson tries to get busier, but Adyaka ties him up and lands several shots in the clinch.  The bell rings with Robertson trying to connect overhanded.

Round 2

Adyaka is coming forward in round two, the taller Robertson moving his feet to stay outside.  Now Robertson picks a spot and a clinch.    Robertson tries to touch and go, but gets caught by a left hook.  Adyaka comes forward, jabbing, and Robertson flurries then scoots.  Adyaka comes forward again and lands two of three power shots.  Robertson is staying outside, moving to hiss left.  Adyaka is looking for a big scores.  Robertson sticks and moves.  Adyaka steps in and lands a big left-right.    Adyaka steps forward and leads with a left hook that scores.  Adyaka is chasing, throws a double jab that bothers robertson.  Adyaka jabs and Robertson throws a counter that misses.  ten seconds to go, Robertson lands a hammering one-two.  There’s some shuffling, but no more offense before the sound.

Round 3

Adyaka is coming straight forward, leading with lunging jabs.  John Hoffman, in Robertson’s corner, keeps saying “He can’t tough you.”  But then Adyaka touches him with a serious one-two.  Robertson tries to swoop in, land, and move away.  Adyaka is getting closer, and there’s an occasional score, but …Adyaka finally gets inside and there’s a furious exchange.  Adyaka, bleeding from the mouth, rushes in and takes a big shot from Robertson.  His knees give, but he springs back up before hitting the deck.  Adyaka is infuriated, and comes forward again, throwing power shots.  Adyaka’s blood is on robertson’s shoulder and back.  Adyaka lunges forward, missing with wild power shots.  Robertson counters, landing a nice scoring shot.  Adyaka gets inside again, and Robertson ties him up.  They’re getting rough in there.  Miezwa tries to break them up, but Adyaka keeps throwing.  The bell rings.

Round 4

Adyaka comes looking for Robertson’s blood this round, and lands a number of power shots on Robertson’s guard.   Robertson is trying to keep him outside, but Adyaka’s aggression is hard to deny.  After a big flurry, Adyaka reins it in.  Adyaka tries to get inside, and Robertson lands a thunderous punch to the head that leaves Adyaka weak in the knees.  Adyaka is alert though, and resumes stalking Robertson.  now Robertson is glaring and flexing.  That kind of showboating can backfire.  Adyaka steps back and beckons Robertson, but Robertson isn’t biting.  Adyaka comes forward again, but Robertson stays away.  Robertson steps back one time to omany, gets his back into the ropes, and Adyaka catches him, but Adyaka can’t capitalize.  Ten seconds to go and Adyaka goes on the attack again, nearly ending up in a clinch, landing a left to the body at the bell.

Round 5

Ayaka knows he’s behind, and he’s looking for a big round.  Double jab, right hand from Adyaka.  Adyaka charges forward, Robertson has to leap out of the way and misses with a counter.  Tiny Adyaka, muscled like a bull, just can’t get inside on the lankier Robertson.  Adyaka comes forward with a triple jab but misses.  Adyaka charges forward again, landing several jabs to the body, but nothing showy.  Robertson seems content to run.  Adyaka traps Robertson against the ropes and lands two or three power shots to the body.  Coming forward again, Adyaka lands a big snapping right to the head.  Then again, and again.  Robertson retreats into a corner, Adyaka pursues and lands again.  This is Adyaka’s best round, as he has scored repeatedly on a shrinking Robertson.  The bell rings and both men turn away.  There is no evident love here.

The crowd boos the decision because they view this bout as a fight, instead of as a boxing match.  If it’s a fight, Adyaka wins.  Because boxing matches are scored like figure skating, Robertson wins.

George Carter Jr (now 12-0-1 with 6 kayos) defeats Ricky Smith (now 3-7) by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Round 1

Smith and Carter meet immediately in the center of the ring, but they start out by pawing and feinting.  There’s a momentary pause, and Carter explodes with sudden power shots.  Smith is unfazed and scoots away.  Carter lands a power shot to the head, but Smith walks through it and clinches.  After the break, Carter attacks again with speed and power, but Smith is cagey and tough, refusing to be hurt.  Carter is forced to respect his opponent’s chin, if not his speed.  Smith dodges a left hook from Carter, and they clinch, then break.  Now there’s an exchange in which Smith actually lands a couple of punches, and for the first time this evening we’re going past the first round.  Bell.

Round 2

Smith looks more confident this round, poking the jab out and moving his head.  Carter is jabbing for measure.  There’s a break, then a clash that includes a bump of heads. Smith lands a right to the body before Miezwa breaks them up.  Carter is coming forward, looking for a big scoring punch, and bends Smith over with a punch to the midsection, but Smith doesn’t go down.  Smith is retrating and moving left, Carter is trying to put him away.  Smith’s corner tells him to “give him the business once in a while.”  Smith is holding his own this round.  He won’t hurt Carter, but he is scoring occasionally.  There’s another break, and Smith lands  ajab to the body.  Carter’s frustration is starting to show.  Smith dodges a punch and Carter growls in frustration.  Smith is showing some nifty moves, but one looks at that soft body and wonders how long he can keep it up.

Round 3

Carter is coming forward and loading up.  Smith is circling left.  Carter lands a flush shot to the head.  Smith responds with a glancing jab.  Carter’s speed and power are obvious, but his ring IQ is unfortunately not high.  Carter lands with a lead left that jolts Smith, but fails to follow up.  Smith is circling left again.  Carter misses with two jabs, but then lands two power punches.  Smith feints.  Carter throws a sweeping right that misses.  Smith throws a one-two that Carter ducks.  Carter is coming forward again, but Smith is proving hard to catch.  Now Smith comes forward with a triple jab, but nothing lands.  Carter with a left hook to the body.  Carter with a left jab to the head.  Smith is attacking ineffectually as the bell sounds.

Round 4

Carter is landing single shots to the body.  Now Carter flurries and lands a bomb.  The two meet in the center of the ring and trade, and the crowd cheers.   Carter continues to pursue and occasionally score.  Smith with a power punch to the head, there’s a rarity.  Carter comes forward and throws three punches, but Smith blocks.  Carter throws, Smith ducks, and Carter lands an overhand right.  There’s a close encounter and Carter is warned to keep his punches up.  Carter continues to press the action, and finally is rewarded when he lands, then lands again.    Smith jabs.  Carter steps into a left hook.  After a break, Carter attacks and lands big.  He follows Smith and lands several hurtful shots.  Smith, surprisingly, gets angry and trades with him.  Now the crowd is roaring!  Carter has his back to the ropes as the round ends, but seems unhurt.

Round 5

Carter is loading up, Smith pawing in the early going.  Carter steps forward and stabs a jab into Smith’s body, but Smith dances away, pounding his chest and belly.  The crowd likes the showmanship.  Smith leads with a left hook that misses and Carter reaches outside to land a right hook to the body.  Carter pushes Smith into the ropes, and Gary Miezwa breaks them up.  Carter is chasing, and lands a downhill right that leaves Smith wobbling.  The chase is on!  Carter is walking forward and throwing power shots, Smith is retreating, looking hurt.  Carter lands a big hook!  Smith, retreating, throws a straight right that lands flush.  Smith is an unlikely looking fighter, but he seems to hold up okay.  Ten seconds to go, Carter is lo0king to put Smith away, but Smith ties him up, then flurries with him as time expires.

Smith never had a chance in this physical mismatch, but he seems pleased to have frustrated his younger, fitter opponent, and the crowd is amused.

Cerresso Fort (now 18-4-1 with 12 kayos is defeated by Romon Barber (now 5-9 with 4 kayos) ; referee stops fight before the start of the sixth round

Round 1

The fight begins with tactical sparring, a lot of jabbing.  Barber is a tough guy, a gamer.  Fort hasn’t looked great the last few times out.  About midway through the round Fort steps into a jab that knocks Barber off balance, but when Fort pursues, Barber counters effectively and scores.  Barber is coming forward, but Fort is taller and stymies him for a moment.  When Barber gets inside, Fort ties him up.  Barber is getting more aggressive as the fight progresses, but Fort makes him pay.  There’s a near clinch, but they wrestle out of it, and the round ends.

Round 2

Barber comes right out to start the round, and though Fort at first proves hard to hit, Barber keeps charging in, and there’s a series of power shots, a tangle, and Fort goes down in the ropes.  Referee Mark Nelson pauses the bout to have a brief word with the combatants, and the fight resumes.  Fort is trying to stay ouside and  box.  Barber is trying to make it a war, coming forward and ducking.  Barber finally gets close and Fort ties him up.  After the break, Barber lunges forward and misses with a straight left.  fort’s footwork  and balance seem off.  Barber gets inside, throws a punch as he steps back, and rocks fort.  All of Fort’s movements seem compromised, from his exaggerated upper body movement to his clumsy feet.  Just before the round ends, Barber throws out a lead that Fort counters.

Round 3

Barber is eager to begin.  he comes forward and ducks a couple of sweeping lefts from Fort.  Fort jabs tentatively – that would have scored nicely if he’d put more behind it.  Barber is energetic, on his toes, coming forward.  Fort is jabbing and moving backwards.  Barber’s eagerness puts him in awkward positions, but Fort doesn’t take advantage.  Now they’re jabbing, with neither man taking the initiative.  Barber comes forward again, but Fort wards him off with a slow jab.  Fort is coming forward now, throwing wreckingball rights.  Barber ducks a bunch of them, but some connect, and the audience is impressed.  Barber comes forward again, but runs out of time in the third.

Round 4

Fort is jabbing to start the round, but Barber gets close enough to turn Fort’s head with a right.  Barber is coming forward again, and lands a big lunging left hook that staggers fort.  Barber has the definite advantage at this moment.  Barber continues to hunt his opponent.  Fort ties Barber up and walks forward, pushing the smaller Barber backwards and into the ropes.  this fight is devolving into a wrestling match.  Back in the center of the ring, Barber is dancing.  The fighters trade, and fort scores.  Barber hurts Fort with a power shot, chases him, and does it again!    Barber pursues Fort to the blue corner and lands a huge left that leaves Fort wavering, but the bell rings.  Fort does not look good.

Round 5

At the starting bell, Fort is called to a neutral corner to be inspected by the doctor.  The doctor nods at Mark Nelson, and the fight resumes.  Barber goes back on the attack, but Fort nullifies it momentarily.  There’s a clinch, and another break.  Fort is retreating, Barber coming forward.  Barber knows what’s been working, and he’s reluctant to take a backward step.  Barber steps into a counter left from Fort, a small victory for Fort in a fight that isn’t going well.  Barber comes forward again and eats a jab from Fort, but he again comes forward.  Barber steps forward and swallows a jab – Is Fort coming out of his stupor?  Barber continues to come forward, but he’s missing with those power shots this round.  Ten seconds to go, and Fort throws a big right, Barber ducks under it, and Fort nearly topples over.  This observer is concerned for Cerresso Fort’s health.

There’s some confusion in the ring.  Has the fight been stopped?  Yes, on the doctor’s advice referee Mark Nelson has stopped this bout.  Romon Barber wins.

Robert Brant (now 17-0 with 11 kayos) defeats Lekan Byfield (now 6-11-2 with 1 kayo) by TKO at 2:19 in round 3 of 8 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

Brant comes out immediately shooting a serious jab that connects.  Byfield, not to be intimidated, throws back.  Brant is staying in close, looking to put on a show.  Byfield steps forward with a one-two.  Brant responds in kind, flurrying as he comes forward.  Brant has a major league jab, and he is using it – a lot.  Brant pursues Byfield to the ropes, landing a left-right-right.  Byfield waggles his tongue as he retreats.  Brant doesn’t want to be shown up, so he turns on the juice, battering Byfield, but Byfield is a serious fighter.  Brant is taking some chances now, trying to trap and pummel his belligerent opponent.  Brant lands a series of power shots, punctuating the attack with a reaching left hook on a retreating Byfield.  byfield loses his mouthguard.  Action resumes for a few seconds before the bell, Brant scoring with hard shots.

Round 2

Brant comes forward, looking to score, and Byfield lands a left-right, two very good punches. Brant shakes it off and resumes thattack.  There’s a roving exchange, and Brant gets the better of it, sending Byfield reeling.  Byfield lands an uppercut.  Brant comes forward, leaves himself unguarded, and Byfield scores.  Brant fires a fusillade of hot power shots, and Byfield is hurt.  Brant chases Byfield into the blue corner and rocks him with a series of fast and hard punches from both hands.  Byfield escapes momentarily, but Brant clobbers him with a right.  Byfield barely kept his feet after that.  Brant is coming forward.  Byfield jabs to the body, then throws some arm-swinging punches that have no effect.  Brant continues to attack, and though Byfield blocks some punches, he absorbs more.

Round 3

Byfield comes out swinging.  He’s regained his swagger.  He’s better stop sticking his tongue out, or it’ll get mailed home.  Byfield lands several power shots on Brant – Brant comes forward.  Brant steps forward and eats a big right hand that buckles his knees, but his eyes are impassive and he regains his footing.  Byfield is fighting in close, and Brant wants to sharpshoot him.  Brant steps in again, but he’s stopped short by a series of punches from different angles.  Brant steps through the counters, batters Byfield from angry angles, and drops him with a big left to the head.  Byfield is up before the count, but he’s wobbly.  Brant jumps on him, cracks him like an egg, and Byfield stumbles across the ring while referee Gary Miezwa chases him, trying to catch him while waving off the fight.  It’s over, TKO for Brant.

Al Sands (now 15-2 with 13 kayos) is defeated by Phil “The Drill” Williams (now 15-7 with 14 kayos) at 2:36 in round 1 of ten rounds scheduled.  Williams becomes the new Minnesota State Cruiserweight Champion.

Round 1

Sands throws first tonight, jab, jab, jab, double jab.  Nothing connects.  Williams ducks and jabs, and lands to the body.  Everything is jabs to start with, then Sands finally follows a jab with a straight right.  Williams stabs his foot forward and jabs to the body.  For the first time Williams turns his hips and throws a right, but it grazes Sands’ body.  Williams gets inside and throws a combination, but Sands counters and scores.  Williams sticks a hard jab to Sands’ midsection.  Williams steps and throws a left hook that lands on Sands neck and shoulder and staggers Sands.  He hesitates just a moment, then jumps on Sands.  Williams pounds Sands without mercy, beating him from pillar to post, and Sands staggers toward the ropes and then collapses.  Sands is up quickly, but has to hold on to a rope to stop from falling over, and referee Mark Nelson calls it!  TKO win for Williams, and Minnesota has a new cruiserweight champion.

Two Minnesota Fighters to Perform on TV in April

On April 11th, Caleb Truax challenges Danny Jacobs in New York City for Jacobs’ WBA World Middleweight Title. (This title represents what we used to call #1 contender, as the actual WBA “SUPER CHAMPION” is Gennady Golovkin.) This event will be televised on NBC.

Then on April 17th we have Robert Brant -vs TBA at Grand Casino Hinckley. Brant is a boxing prodigy – won a national amateur title within a year of putting on the gloves for the first time. Rumors are circulating that Brant is hoping to fight another local middleweight with impressive amateur credentials. This event will be televised on CBS Sports Network.