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BELLATOR 73 RESULTS FROM HARRAH’S!

Posted in 2012, MMA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2012 by J.C. Martin

Bellator Fighting Championships 73 took Harrah’s Hotel and Casino by storm, Friday August 24. An explosive championship bout, championship eliminators and a full card delivered exhilarating MMA action to fight fans.

MemphisMMA.com was there and round-by-round action was captured by reporter JC Martin. Continue reading

FULL REPORT: TNT at the DCC!

Posted in 2011, Boxing News, Michael Sheffield, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by Champ

by Micheal Sheffield @ Ringside, Photos by JD Meredith

Two impressive young fighters stole the show from a former 2 time heavyweight champion on a hot and rainy north Mississippi Saturday night. The six fights, dubbed “TNT at the DCC,” featured former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, but would be remembered for two fighters (one of whom left with a title) that could be future champions themselves.

17-year old Washington D.C.-native Dusty Harrison would display tremendous poise and skill against Welterweight Alphonso Alexander (0-3) in his professional debut. Touted as the youngest professional fighter in the United States, Harrison would immediately win over the slightly wary crowd by not wasting punches in the first round. He wasn’t over-active, but whenever he threw, Harrison landed loud, punishing shots that echoed through the arena and elicited “oohs” from the crowd. Alexander wasn’t impressed, choosing to trash talk his younger opponent throughout the fight. It was an interesting tactic because Harrison seemed to choose a different side of the ring to dominate throughout the fight’s four rounds, while Alexander was little more than a trash-talking heavy bag. Harrison was impressive and the crowd appreciated his efforts, which would result in him taking a unanimous decision, 40-36 on the judges’ scorecards.

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Fight Night at the Fitz! Fight Recaps

Posted in 2005, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2005 by Champ

By Johnny ‘Kid’ Vegas at Ringside

Jr. Lightweight, Emmanuel Ford (136 lbs.) did battle with David Vasquez (127 lbs.) Round one saw Ford being the aggressor while Vasquez turned it on late in the round. The Second round saw Vasquez pick up the pace and intensity. Ford’s slapping rights had no effect on Vasquez who eventually cornered Ford and proceeded to unload a few good shots. Ford managed to back out of the corner and then took a knee but no ‘touchbacks’ here as took Ford another knee in the second. Ford failed to answer the bell for the start of the third round. Ford either had a latent injury or simply quit, which looked like the later.

Jr. Middleweight Steve Verdin (160 lbs) blew into town from Houma Louisiana for this 6 round contest verses ‘Poison’ Pete Johnson (161 lbs.). ‘Poison’ was exactly what Verdin got as Johnson started out early in this one by working the ring from rope to rope. Verdin on the other hand seemed content fighting with his back close to the ropes and proved early on that he could take a punch from the young native of Tunica MS. It was evident from the first round that Johnson was clearly the more agile of the two. Light on his feet and well conditioned, Johnson charged into the second, landing shots to both the head and body of Verdin. Verdin seemed to have a sense of urgency in the second as he brought the fight to Johnson. Johnson’s was the more selective of the two when it came to throwing his punches and combinations. Verdin, on the other hand, could be nicknamed ‘Crawfish’ for his as he would establish himself in the center of the ring, only to wiggle and fade back into a corner. Possibly as a ploy to lure Johnson. Unfortunately for Verdin, however, the corner is no place to be as Johnson let loose with a fury 10 seconds to into the second. After the Ford fight, it was nice to see two fighters going at it early in the fight. Both fighters traded fists and did the do-se-do around the ring. Late in the third, it appeared that Verdin got Johnson’s attention with a bomb to the his head, stunning Johnson, but only for a moment as Johnson belted Verdin, drawing blood from his nose. In round four Johnson smells weakness and attacks Verdin, who was having breathing heavily. Johnson worked his way inside in the 4th and by the time the fifth rolled around, Johnson’s trainer yelled for Johnson to pace himself. Johnson responded by boxing with his guard down which is something he was doing in the first, but this time, he lead with his head. Taking advantage of Johnson’s new style or lack thereof, Verdin mounted an attack until he was apparently dropped by a wet area on the canvas in the red corner. Time was closing on Verdin in the 6th and he knew it. He knew he must fight to win and he staged a final attack. During his assault Verdin struck Johnson with his forearm, but Johnson shook it off like a bad suit. Johnson, fading fast as though someone zapped him of all energy, was fighting with his hands down and leading with his head despite repeated shouts from his trainer to protect his head. As Johnson continued to ignore requests from his corner to keep his hands up, Verdin dropped Johnson with a shot to the face, unfortunately the shot came just as the bell rang for the final time. Johnson faded at the end and didn’t close very well at all but managed to hang on for the decision.

In a female bout Lana ‘Ice’ Alexander took on Memphian Christy Sepulvado. This bout was one of the more entertaining fights of the evening as ‘Ice’ felt the heat from Memphian Sepulvado. Sepulvado extended ‘Ice’ the distance in her pro debut. The fight was ruled a majority draw.

If you go to see Ty Barnett fight, don’t blink. He’s a ‘head knocker’. Barnett dropped Anderson like a bad habit with a hard right just after the first minute. The shot was a blur, but it trailed like a hook.

Undefeated Lightweight Rayonta ‘Sting Ray” Whitfield took little time to dispense of Carlos Zambrano winning by TKO at 1:42 in round two. The stoppage was called by referee Randy Phillips and looked to be a wee bit too early. Granted Zambrano was on the ropes getting pelted by Whitfield, however, Zambrano still had his guard up and looked to be in good shape defending. In defense of the ref, Zambrano was not fighting back at the time. However, it appeared difficult for Zambrano to mount any offense at that particular time as Whitfield was showering his melon with a steady barrage of punches. Bottom line is that although it may have only been a matter of time, the ref was a bit quick on the trigger and it cost Zambrano early.

Light Heavyweight DeAndre Abron started his bout against ‘Gentleman’ James Johnson with a bang as he landed a big shot which he followed with several more to feel out the ‘Gentleman’. Both fighters boxed aggressively and both appeared eager to mix it up which was even more apparent during the second when a brawl broke out. Both fighters hurled punchs and insults as they ignored any instruction from the referee. The result of the scrap was that Johnson received either a head but or elbow that opened up a gash above his left eye. This gapping wound ultimately led to his corner to throw in the towel before Johnson could answer the call of the bell for round 3.

In a rather anti-climatic end to a good night of fights, Leon Bobo was victorious over Carlos Valdez and claimed the Mid-South Jr. Lightweight Championship. Both fighters fought with respect for one another, almost too much respect as they danced and clinched through the majority of the fight. Both fighters were warned on several occasions about clinching and fighting in clinch. Overall, it was a good fight, slow and almost cautious at times. Both fighters did in their minds what they thought they had to do to win the fight, with Bobo coming out victorious.

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Sam’s Town Results – Hunt Schools Lundsford!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2004 by Champ

By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

Marvin Hunt (10-10, 3 KOs) gave away almost 40 pounds Saturday night to Ray Lunsford (16-4-1, 11 KOs), but that didn’t stop him from having his way all night. Hunt used his evasiveness and powerful left jab to control Lunsford throughout the fight.

Hunt began inflicting damage on Lunsford early on. By the end of the bout Lunsford’s countenance was red and swollen. His face and its expression told as much of the story as the judges scorecards. Hunt was in much better shape and was able to keep pressure all night; whereas, Lunsford appeared to tire early and fought gasping for breath most of the night.

Choko Soundly Defeats Davalos!

Brian Young must have been on cloud nine after signing the powerful Ann Wolfe to his stable of fighters and then watching his fighter flyweight Ivan Hernandez (16-0-1, 10 KOs). Hernandez continued to look extremely impressive with his sharp punching and high work level, easily outpointing an extremely game Arturo Davalos (9-10-1, 4 KOs) at Sams Town Casino in Tunica, MS Saturday night.

From the opening bell Hernandez took charge with his speed and accuracy. Throughout the early rounds Hernandez proved the aggressor, displaying ample punching power and accuracy with both hands. Booming lefts to Davalos ribcage and hammering right hooks to Davalos chin, Hernandez took charge early and seldom showed signs of letting up.

By the fifth and sixth rounds Hernandezs left hooks and uppercuts began finding their target on Davalos body. Then in round six Hernandez thundered a left hook to the skull followed by another to the body that immediately dropped Davalos. Davalos uprighted himself, clearly pained by the shot to the ribs. Hugging his right elbow tight to stove away further blows, Davalos valiantly continued to fight.

But, Hernandez closed the show with an eighth round that featured him firing numerous shotgun jabs to Davalos face. As the bell echoed the close of the bout, the crowd stood in standing ovation, a testament to Hernandezs display of skill and the shear will of Davalos to continue to fight.

Johnson Hammers Horn!

Norman Johnson (3-11-1) constantly slipped through the defenses of Nashville native Dana Horn (1-1, 1 KO) en route to a dominating victory. Horn began to get hit early on and a heavy right hand sent Horn on his back as his head slammed the canvas. Horn arose wobbly and performed his best Mickey Ward impersonation, raising his hands and plodding forward from sheer instinct and will.

Johnson would slip in again and send Horn to the floor once more in the third round. Horn never appeared to recover from his initial knockdown but valiantly continued to come forward looking to land his right hand to no avail.

Brawler Alexander Beats Ibanez! (1/26/04)
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com

Lana Alexander (2-3, 1 KO) took charge early over Tiffani Ibanez (1-1) by landing solid punches. Ibanez battled back at the end of round two and throughout round three, but Alexander stepped things up by finishing strong and earning a unanimous decision.

Hubinger Starts with A Bang!

Prize Fight Boxing introduced light heavyweight newcomer Adam Hubinger (1-0, 1 KO) as he debuted against journeyman TC James (5-17, 3 KOs). Hubinger began by landing a heavy right had that briefly stunned James. James continued by wildly swinging and exchanging in the center of the ring, head-butting Hubinger in the process. Hubinger chased James into the ropes, stunning him with a hard right hand that forced referee Paul Seda to perform a standing eight count.

Hubinger began round two with swelling budding over his right eye. But, during a storm of punches a heavy right hand blasted James into the ropes and down to the canvas. Hubinger then struck again with a left-right combo that paralyzed James as he fell limp into the ropes. Referee Paul Seda immediately waved the bout over at :43 into round two.

Browning Wins Again!

In a female super bantamweight bout, Samantha Browning (3-0, 2 KOs) continued her dominance with a TKO win over Marla Roberson (0-2). Browning dominated round one and Roberson never answered the bell for round two. Browning began her career with a win against Tonya Harding on the Tyson-Etienne undercard at the Pyramid last year.

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