Archive for Beale Street

Thompson TKO’s Beck – Lundy captures Belt!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Champ

By: Michael Sheffield, Photos: JD Meredith /

A sweltering New Daisy Theater on Beale Street provided the backdrop for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Friday night.

The broadcast included an NABO Lightweight title fight that exceeded expectations and a main event featuring two up and coming heavyweights looking to take their careers to another level in front of a national audience. The undercard featured two former Olympians looking to establish their own young careers. Neither would disappoint against two out-classed opponents.

Heavyweights Tony Thompson (33-2 21 KOs) Owen Beck (29-4 20 KOs) would plod through 4 rounds of a scheduled 10 rounder with Thompson gaining an early advantage he would never relinquish.

Thompson ended the first round dropping Beck with a right-left combination before the end of the round. Thompson would end every round hurting Beck before isolating him on the ropes in the fourth round. To his credit, Beck, who ended the second and third rounds almost going to the wrong corner, wouldn’t go down. But his corner would throw in the towel before their fighter received any serious damage. Thompson would record a TKO at 2:30 of the fourth round.

Lightweights Tyrese Hendrix (18-0-1 17 KOs) and Henry Lundy (17-0 10 KOs) began a fireworks-loaded fight for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title, by knocking each other down with simultaneous hooks. Lundy, would get the better of Hendrix for the majority of the fight, knocking him down a second time in the first round and putting him on the verge of a knockout in the second round. Hendrix, whose speed and power had been previously displayed during bouts in Tunica, had those same attributes negated by the speed and strength of Lundy.

Lundy threw everything he had at Hendrix and may have been frustrated by the fact he couldn’t knock his opponent out. However, Lundy utterly dominated the fight. Hendrix, on the other hand showed that he was more than a power punching fighter, giving as good as he got and possibly stealing one or two later rounds. Lundy would take the fight and the vacant NABO title by unanimous decision, 90-98, 88-100, 88-99. Based on his performance during the fight, Hendrix will have a title in the near future if he keeps performing on the level he showed Friday night.

U.S Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (8-0 5 KOs) would have an impressive showing against journeyman Carlos Diaz (10-22 4 KOs), who he eliminated in 1:32 of the first round. Russell wouldn’t allow Diaz to land anything before disposing of him.

Bahamian Olympic team member Taureano Johnson (1-0 1 KO) would make even quicker work of Ryan Bianchini (0-1) in 43 seconds of the first round.

Jr. Welterweight and native Memphian Marlon Lewis would take a majority decision 39-37, 39-32, 38-38 over Arkansas native Chris Gray (1-0) in 4 round fight. Jr. Welterweight Lanard Lane (11-0 7 KOs) would take a decision over John Brown (24-17-2 11 KOs) 60-54, 60-54, 60-54 in a 6 round fight.

Holcomb on leave from Iraq – Defends N.A.B.C. Cruiser Title!

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2006 by Champ

Submitted by Bob Cerbe – Knox and Cerbe Management and Training
Jeff Holcomb who is home on leave from Iraq will defend his N.A.B.C. Crusierweight title aganist Bobby Elkins. Soon after the fight Holcomb will be heading back to Iraq. Also on the card is undefeated heavyweight Kevin Newsom. Ken Humphrey coming of a win against undefeated Andrew Farmer will also be fighting. Al Green 1-0 heavyweight from Ripley Tn. will be fighting Sam Brown 2-1 out of Fort Campbell Ky. 3 other bouts round out the Jan 2nd show at the New Dasiy on Beale st.

December New Daisy Report!

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2006 by Champ

By: JD Meredith
The Decemeber edition of Boxing on Beale, promoted by Knockout Promotions and Knox and Cerbe Managment and Training, was held this past Tuesday evening at the New Daisy Theatre on Historic Beale Street, Memphis, TN.

Fan turnout was solid, concidering the Memphis Grizzlies faced the New York Knicks just across Beale at the Forum. Loyal fans filed in and packed the seats of the small but big hearted, New Daisy Theatre.

Virgous (1-2) – Watkins (2-0)
Kiana Vigious and Kita Watkins ( Eldorado, AR) faced each other in a rare female main event at the New Daisy Theatre. Although she had the support of the crowd Virgous just couldn’t get things going against Watkins.

In the first round Virgous and Watkins traded punches in the center of the ring as if it were the final round. Virgous did land some hard shots but could not capitalize. Watkins could. During their exchanges Watkins’ leather found their mark often with damaging effects at the expense of Virgous as twice in the first Virgous was issued standing 8 counts.

It was much the same story in the second stanza. Virgous came out game and swing. Watkins did as well but with better results. At 1:35 of round two referee Alan Lovell stepped between Watkins and Virgous after a vicious Watkins attack left Virgous defenseless.

Virgous was not happy with Lovell’s decision to stop the fight but in our opinion he made the right call without doubt. To her credit, Virgous didn’t quit when things got tough and she showed tremendous heart.

Watkins, surprised many during her demolition of a tough and game opponent in this fight. She improves to 2-0.

Bruce (1-5, 1 KO) – Fairweather (0-2)
Who says you that can’t win a fight moving backwards? That is exactly how Jonathan Bruce set up his KO win last night at the New Daisy.

Jermey Fairweather came out with guns blazing in the first round. Initially, it was a wild sight but things settled down. Jonathan Bruce spent the majority of the round back pedaling. Eventually, he learned that he could land with his jab as Fairweather moved recklessly forward. The jabs were not hard but over time they caused damage.

In the opening seconds of round two Bruce connected a single jab that momentarily stunned Fairweather. Just as Fairweather began to take a step forward he slumped to the canvas. He didn’t make the ten count. Official time was :38 seconds of round two. This victory is Bruce’s first.

Tolley (3-5, 2 kO’s)- Tucker (0-2)
Jesse Tolley was accurate with his jab in this bout. Tucker looked to counters and play opossum to land stray booms. In round two Tucker was issued a standing eight count and at the end of round two he decided not to continue. Tolley wins by TKO RD 2.

Cudjoe (10-3, 7 KO’s) – McWhirter (2-8, 2 KO’s)
In round one Greg McWhirter (255 lb) did a great job of getting to the body of the 290 pound broad-shouldered Grant Cudjoe. McWhirter’s body attack faded thought when, late in the first, Cudjoe let his jab go and it found rest on McWhirter’s face.

In round two Cudjoe turned the pressure on and connected multiple punchs that sent McWhirter into the ropes. McWhirter was issued a standing 8 count.
Cudjoe continued with his onslaught by making contact with his piston-like jab. Then He went at McWhirter with a thunderous left hook to the body, right hook to the body followed by a left to the temple. The initial left sent McWhirter reeling against ropes where referee Clay Huddleston waived the fight off after McWhirter could not continue. Official ruling was KO 2, 2:09.

Rounding out the night was Gary Britt (1-2, 1 KO – weight not available) who KO’d Joey Baker (0-1, 170 lb) in round two of a scheduled four round light heavyweight bout. In a lopsided fight, Willie Diamond (4-6, 2 ko’s – 140 lb) defeated Vanerlei Barnes (0-1 – 136 lb) by KO at 1:04 of round two. Jeremy Glen Hayes (1-0, 1 ko – 177 lb) took out Scott Baker (0-2 – 167 lb) at 1:23 of round one.

Boxing Judge Passes Away

Posted in 2005, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , on November 9, 2005 by Champ

Submitted by: Alan Lovell – Tennessee Boxing Advisory Board

The Mid-South boxing community lost a world class boxing official, early sunday morning (11-6-05). It saddens us to announce that ” Mr.Joey Hadley Sr. has passed away. We would like for the many friends and boxing acquaintances to remember his family in all of our thoughts and prayers at this time. Mr. Hadley was affiliated with boxing for more than fiftty years. For the past three decades, Mr. Hadley served as boxing judge at the New Daisy on Beale as well as the old Holiday Inn Rivermark. Prior to judging, Hadley served in the capacity of, boxer, trainer, official, adviser, and volunteer. Mr. Joey Hadley will best be remembered as the coach and trainer of his son Joey Hadley Jr. for helping him to the top of amateurs and a invitation to the Mecca of all boxing gyms in the Catskills mountains of up state NY to be instructed by the late great Cus D’Amato. We here at the New Dasiy will never forget Mr. Hadley. His presence there was always certain and now there will be a unfillable empty chair. A piece of us will be missing without him.

Mr. Hadlley was a retired deputy from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept. and a WWII Army Air Corp. Veteran. He is survived by a daughter; Evelyn Hadley of Memphis and a son; Joey Hadley of Atoka, TN. There are six grandchildren and three 3 great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Hadley will be held at Family Funeral Care on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, 2pm. Burial to follow at Memphis Memory Gardens.

‘Preacherman’-‘Fabulous Fairway’ Rock on Beale street in Double Barrel Main Event!

Posted in 2005, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2005 by Champ

By JD Meredith at ringside

Memphis, Tn – Former Cruiser Champ Robert “Preacherman” Daniels walked the path yesterday evening, that led to a second round knockout victory over ” Bonetown Brawler” Shelby Gross. Gross and Daniels exchanged power shots inside a phone booth through much of the first round. Gross threw with high energy through the round with nice, quick hands, while Daniels threw more sparingly. Mid-round the “Preacherman” delivered a message via short left hook that dropped Gross to the canvas. Gross recovered. Round two found Gross leaving holes in his guard while staying busy and Daniels filled those holes like a front end loader at a construction site. All in all Gross was on the canvas four times in this round two, however only two of those were scored as knock downs. 2:52 of round two was the official time as Robert Daniels won his 47th fight (39 by way of KO).

In the co-main event light heavyweight “Fabulous Fairway” Lafarrell Bunting of Las Vegas, NV (Birthplace: Memphis, TN) took only seconds to score a knockdown over against tough and game Karl Willis with a vicious left hook to the body. Willis had pressed the action early, forcing Bunting to back into the ropes. Bunting pressed hard into the ropes and threw a faint right hand then, as he sling-shot himself off the ropes, landed the body shot. Willis was obviously hurt but made the
count after a few deep breaths. This type of body shot you do not recover from. Willis fought hard to keep the fight inside and at a safe distance from Bunting’s power shots to the body but it was only a matter of time before Willis caught a right hand to the body. Just before the bell to end round one Bunting let the air out of the bag again as he sunk Willis grimacing to his knees again. This time Willis was done. Official time was recorded as 3:10 of round one.

In other bouts heavyweight Al Green (214lbs.) won a bloody four round unanimous decision over 257lbs. Jeremy Brooks. Heavyweight Jeff Holcomb won a lackluster four rounder by unanimous decision over Danny Wofford.

Former light heavy and heavy champ Michael Moorer was attendance for theTuesday night bouts at the New Daisy.

“ Throw Down In M-Town” Tomorrow – Weigh in Today!

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

Submitted by Nate Yoder – Prize Fight Boxing
“Throw Down In M-Town” will showcase the return of former WBO Super Flyweight Champion Ivan “Choco” Hernandez 21-1-1 (16 KO’s) from Ensanada, MX. Ivan captured the WBO title with a knockout over Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson on September 25 at the FedExForum. “Throw Down In M-Town” is being offered for free to boxing fans. The show will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2’s Tuesday night fight series.

“This is sort of our way of saying thank you to the wonderful boxing fans of Memphis who supported us all these years…” – Brian Young

“We are making the lawn seating available free of charge so all can come enjoy this event. This is a wonderful way to showcase Memphis to over 80 million homes via television”, stated Brian Young of Prize Fight. The fight card will be riddled with 6 to 7 world caliber fights.


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