The votes are in and tallied for the August “Fight of the Month” at the New Daisy. August’s fight winner…Chris Burford vs. Darnell Logan. Burford and Logan fought an exciting 10RD Light Welterweight main event on August 3, 04. There were several hard shots delivered from both fighters but none landed effectively enough to merit a knockdown. A very skilled Logan went on to win by unanimous decision over Burford. With the win, Logan improves his record to (6-0-1, 4KO). Burford’s record falls to (5-23-1, 4KO).
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The fight card for this month’s boxing at the New Daisy Theater looks to be a great one
as 4 of the 5 listed bouts feature undefeated boxers. See below for
Logan/Burford – should be an exciting fight as Burford always brings everything he has to the table. Logan will be able to score in this fight but he will need to be ready for Burford’s headhunting. Pillow/Dinkins – Pillow has been a very impressive fighter who uses his jab and goes to the body with confidence. Look for Denkins to bring some veteran skills to the fight but remember Dinkins hasn’t won a fight since 9/2/98. Webb/Hammac – Webb needs to continue to focus on fundamentals. With a fine record of 14-0 one sometimes forgets to keep their guard up. Hammac likes to move around but is not scared to fight. Bowman/Smith – Bowman is a good fighter with a will to win and has been in the ring with some competition. Smith, has been fighting solid comp also. This one is anybodys fight. Goings/Taylor – Goings is undefeated in his first 2 professional fights, but he will have mix it up with Taylor to win next Tuesday night.
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Brian Young’s Prizefight boxing at Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica, MS brought the crowd another pleasing night of action. In the main event, heavyweight Frank Wood (22-3, 15 KOs) from nearby Nashville, TN proved far too powerful for late replacement Tim Mitchell (9-3, 4 KOs).
Wood began displaying a powerful left hook as he staggered Mitchell backward. By the end of round one Mitchell’s nose bled as breathed hard, deep breaths between rounds.
Round two opened with Wood striking a right hook that sprawled Mitchell across the canvas and into the ropes. Mitchell rose bravely only to suffer an onslaught of a left uppercut and right cross that sent him out on his feet. Referee Elmo Adolph mercifully halted the bout at 2:22 of round two.
John Johnson now 4-0 (4 KO)!
In the feature bout, light heavyweight John Johnson (4-0, 4 KOs) continued to build to his mystique as the local crowd favorite. This time the powerful youngster faced experienced veteran T.C. James (5-22, 3 KOs), who proved capable of frustrating the young power puncher with his evasiveness and award style early in the bout.
Johnson entered the ring behind a booming musical rap about his home state of Mississippi, a cloud of synthetic smoke, and a raucous reception from the crowd. Actually more composed and less wild and erratic than his previous bouts, Johnson stalked his prey from his initial stand off in the center of the ring, where he chose to seek out his opponent, stand face to face, and glare a Lennox Lewis-influenced stare through his opponent. Johnson’s countenance wore the same cool, calculated expression throughout the bout, a hunter meticulously seeking his prey.
Johnson struggled to find a way to land against the awkward James, but finally caught up with him in round two with a left hand that sent him into the ropes. Then Johnson increased the pressure in round three, forcing referee Paul Sita to halt the punishment at 1:31.
Christy Nickel Wins big in one!
Female junior middleweight Christy Nickel (2-1, 2 KOs) entered the ring smiling joyously and exuberantly. She then proceeded to completely out-power her opponent, Michelle Ewing (0-8). Nickel landed a solid straight right hand that sent Ewing sprawling on her back. Then a Nickel straight left hand flattened Ewing again. Ewing rose only to receive a left hook followed by a right hand that ended her night in the ring at 1:46 of round one.
Whitfield Too Fast for Burford!
Amateur sensation Rayonta Whitfield (1-0) began his pro career as a junior featherweight with a solid shutout of veteran Chris Burford (5-21-1, 4 KOs). While it might have seemed risky on paper to begin his career against an experienced opponent who has fought most of his battles at a higher weight class, Rayonta demonstrated lightning speed and movement in easily dominating every exchange of every round.
Whitfield clearly displayed why Prizefight Boxing has place a great deal of emphasis on this young man. With ring generalship like he displayed against Burford, this fighter already appears years ahead of a 1-0 fighter.
Hubinger Blasts Marsh!
Light heavyweight Adam Hubinger (3-0, 3 KOs) looked impressive in his battle against Robert Marsh (8-25-2, 3 KOs). Hubinger immediately worked behind a strong jab, often following it with a hard right hand. By round two Hubinger mixed in right uppercuts and blasted Marsh into the ropes. As Marsh’s nose gushed a fountain of crimson, he stood in the corner unable to answer the bell for the third round.
Local favorite Jason Ross Handed second loss!
Local kickboxing favorite Jason Ross (0-1) from nearby Southaven, MS made his pro boxing debut at light heavyweight against the extremely experienced Eric Rinehardt (15-52-1, 10 KOs). Rinehardt served as a replacement for Tyrone Dowdy, who was to make his pro debut as well. Ross came out thundering right hand artillery, fighting in a virtual phone booth as he landed solid blows. Ross ended the round with a left hook that sent Rinehardt reeling.
Round two saw much of the same as Ross continued a barrage of power shots. Ross maintained a kickboxer’s stance with his hands low as he attempted to land more power punches. But by the end of the round the much more experienced Rinehardt began to duck, move, and block Ross’s attempts to land.
Round three featured a complete reversal as Rinehardt came back strong. A fatigued Ross stood directly in front of his opponent as Rinehardt’s left hand began finding its mark – Ross’s skull. Rinehardt trapped Ross against the ropes as Ross absorbed left hook after left hook. A dazed and confused Ross took a beating to end the round and, suffering an injury to his left arm, could not return for the final round.
Hinton Drops an “H-bomb” on Johnson!
In the opening bout, supper middleweight Curtis “H-bomb” Hinton (2-0) soundly defeated Mike Johnson (0-2). Hinton began by landing a right uppercut that staggered Johnson. Johnson was able to land a right hand that stunned Hinton briefly, but Hinton returned with a right hand. Then a left hook. Hinton continued with another left hook and a right hand that finished the fight as referee Elmo Adolph waved it over at 2:48 of round one.
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
Shelby “The Bonetown Brawler” Gross (14-1, 12 KOs) jumped into the ring at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis, TN, Tuesday night adorned in an oversized pair of overalls, his arms flailing about. When the bell rang to begin the first round, the overalls were off but the arms still flailed, this time all over his opponent Jeff Holcomb (9-3-1, 4 KOs) en route to winning the WBE Cruiserweight title.
From the opening bell Holcomb went on the defensive, soon drawing boos from the impatient crowd. But by round three Gross managed to begin landing power shots, drawing a standing eight count from referee Clay Huttleston. By the close of round three Holcomb’s nose trailed crimson down his cheeks as Gross blasted him with left hooks.
Round five showed Holcomb come alive a little, landing a lumbering left and right combination, but Gross sloughed them off as if bathwater splashed in his face and sent Holcomb back into a retreating, defensive mode.
Gross then began round eight with a huge right hand to the ribs that sent Holcomb’s mouthpeice flying to the canvas. Referee Clay Huttleston warned Holcomb that the next time would result in a one-point deduction. But that never came to pass as Gross again landed a hard right hand that caused another standing eight count. Then, during a pause as the ringside physician
examined him, Holcomb’s corner asked for a stoppage.
Pillow Punishes Hammac!
In a lightweight fight, Jerome Pillow (11-0, 8 KOs) punished Phillip Hammac (4-8, 2 KOs) for two rounds earning, bloodying his face in a TKO victory as Hammac could not answer the bell for round three.
Hammac Puzzled Pillow during most of round one, coming forward, smothering his punches, and landing body punches. But by the end of the round Pillow began to land on Hammac’s chin. Pillow followed the action in round three by driving a straight right hand into Hammac’s nose, probably breaking it, and definitely opening a free flow of blow for the duration of the bout.
But, Pillow continued to land power punches to Hammac’s skull, opening another cut above his right eye. Hammac stumbled back to the corner, his skull painted red. Hammac decided himself at that point that he wanted no more of the power-punching Pillow, who is rapidly becoming a local powerhouse at 135 pounds.
Freeman wins Rematch vs Burford
Welterweight Rodney Freeman (3-1, 2 KOs) out-muscled a game Chris Burford (5-19, 4 KOs) who gave up 13 pounds. This was a rematch from a fight where Burford caught Freeman with a round house right hand that flattened him. This time Freeman seemed more content to land hard shots and avoid the knockout blow, a strategy that earned him a victory this time around.
Burford begin round one with a hard left hook to Freeman’s chin. Freeman smiled as if to say it didn’t hurt. The two exchanged power shots throughout the round and Burford ended the round strong with a right hand.
Burford continued to press the action in round two, hurting Freeman in the ropes. But, unfortunately for him, Burford wore down and was unable to finish as Freeman began using his size advantage to muscle in for hard shots. Freeman then worked behind a body attack to finish strong and take advantage of Burford, earning him the victory.
Good Chin Keeps Bonds Undefeated
Middleweight Marcus Bonds (3-0-1) won via a TKO in round two over Billy Tipton (1-5), easily outgunning Tipton as referee Allan Lovell stops the action after the fourth knockdown.
Tipton landed a straight right hand to begin the bout but Bonds continued forward, looking to land a left hook. But it was a right hand that sent Tipton down the first time. Then a left hook against the ropes dropped him again in round one.
Round two looked pretty much the same as a Bonds right uppercut sent Tipton sprawling to the canvas again. Then Tipton charged back at Bonds who intently stepped forward and struck with a left hook that sent Tipton to the floor on his back. Referee Allan Lovell immediately called an end to the punishment.
D. Logan Spars with Sprouse
And, Lightweight Darnell Logan (2-0, 2 KOs) made easy prey of Jessie Sprouse with a TKO in round three. After several standing 8 counts, referee Clay Huttleston had seen enough and stopped this one in round three.
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
Lightweight Chris Burford (5-17, 4 KOs) showed poise and relentlessness en route to a TKO victory over Antonio Smith (7-32-2, 4 KOs). Burford began strong, landing a looping right hand to Smith’s chin in round one that clearly set the tone for the fight.
Smith retaliated in the second stanza with a flurry in the corner, but Burford pressed the action even further to end round two. Then in round three Burford struck with a big right hand that staggered Smith. Referee Allan Lovell jumped in and administered the first of several standing 8 counts.
In round four Burford again struck with 3 straight lefts and wobbled Smith at the bell. Burford continued his dominance as referee Allan Lovell continued with 3 more standing eight counts before Smith’s corner wisely threw in the towel and spared their fighter further punishment.
Anthony Bowman TKO’s Gilliam!
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
Welterweight Anthony Bowman (6-9, 1 KO) won a TKO victory over Walter Gilliam (0-6). Gilliam was warned about illegal rabbit punching in round one, then closed the round with heavy trading in the corner.
But in round three Bowman began to dominate as he cornered Gilliam against the ropes and landed a left right combination. Gilliam struggled to grasp and hold his way clear of the attack as Bowman continued to land punches.
Then in round four Bowman thundered a huge overhand right and traded heavy punches to end the round. Bowman charged out for the fourth round by striking with a left-right-left-right double combination before referee Clay Huttleston separated the fighters and administered a standing 8 count.
But as soon as the action returned Huttleston again found himself separating the two fighters, this time waving the bout out and declaring a TKO victory for Anthony Bowman.
Goings Record to 2-0, 2 KO’s. (3/4/04)
Cruiserweight Jim Goings (2-0, 2 KOs) moved and slipped his way through round one to follow up with a TKO victory over David Quijada (0-1). Quijada began strong, throwing numerous power shots that Goings managed to dodge and brush away. At the end of round one Quijada began to tire and slow severely.
Round two saw Goings beginning to throw punches more often. He landed a left hook flush to Quijada’s chin that wobbled him into a squat for a knockdown.
Goings continued to press the action in round three, striking a left-right combination that dropped Quijada. Quijada rose but turned his back and walked back to his corner in defeat as Goings earned the TKO victory.
Johnson KO’s Smith in 1!
And light middleweight Lamont Johnson (1-1-1, 1 KO) opened the show with a knockout of Toris Smith (1-11, 1 KO) in round 1. Johnson began strong, landing a solid right then a left hook that dropped Smith to the canvas. Johnson then immediately followed with a right uppercut that staggered Smith, who then fell to the floor unable to continue.
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
Light heavyweight Joe Harris (6-3, 4 KOs) used a ten-pound weight advantage to his benefit as he overpowered Charlie Ward (7-17, 5KOs) via a 5th round TKO.
The first couple of rounds featured the two fighters firing power shots in an attempt to strike early, but neither landed effectively until Harris stunned Ward early in round three. Ward managed to keep himself upright while fighting off a measuring jab from Harris followed by straight left hands.
By round four Harris began controlling the action, landing hard body shots that clearly hurt Ward. As Harris dictated the pace of the fight Ward attempted to fire back but mostly battled with his back to the ropes like a cornered animal.
The fifth round began with a great deal of inside fighting, as Ward began landing body shots of his own. But Harris returned fire with a devastating left hook to the body that crumpled Ward and sent him through the ropes. Ward reentered the ring prior to the final count but winced in pain, unable to continue the fight, resulting in a TKO victory for “Tojo” Harris.
Roy Rebounds, Beats Burford.
In a lightweight bout, Terrence Roy (5-1) rebounded from a tough loss to the hard-hitting Jerome Pillow to soundly defeat Chris Burford (4-16, 3 KOs). Roy showed his superior speed en route to a unanimous decision.
Roy displayed his evasiveness early, striking with lightning-quick punches and retreating from danger. Burford offered a valiant fight but just couldn’t match the superior speed of Roy. By the fifth and sixth rounds Roy literally had his way with Burford who almost appeared hand tied from his lack of matching speed.
Goings Roughhouses Rooker!
Cruiserweight Jim Goings (1-0, 1 KO) retired Rowdy Rooker (0-1) via a 3rd round TKO. This bout started as a rough contest from the opening bell. The two got tangled up early and Goings body slammed Rooker into the mat.
Rooker threw wildly as the two roughhoused their way through the bout. In round three Rooker’s shoulder-length hair tossed about and obstructed his vision. Goings took advantage of the opportunity and landed several right hooks.
Apparently spent, Rooker dropped to a knee untouched and refused to fight any more, resulting in a TKO victory for Goings.
Bonds Survives to Beat Johnson!
Middleweight Marcus Bonds (1-0) gave up 20 pounds and survived a major shot in round one to come back and earn a decision versus Lamont Johnson (0-1-1) in what proved to be the most exciting bout of the evening.
Bonds faced adversity early as the much bigger Johnson landed a huge right hand that staggered Bonds and sent him reeling into the ropes on the bout’s first punch. Johnson continued by throwing power shots in an attempt to land one more hard shot to Bonds’ skull. But, Bonds managed to survive the round, his eye bleeding slightly from an accidental Johnson head butt.
Bonds came out firing in the second, threading Johnson’s guard with a straight right hand that wobbled Johnson. He followed with a left hook to the larger Johnson, but Johnson remained upright and closes out an action-packed second round.
Rounds three and four featured the two fighters mixing it up in a slugfest as Bonds countered well. The crowd roared as Bonds took charge with a stiff, accurate jab. Bonds took advantage as Johnson appeared to tire. Bonds hammered his larger opponent until the bell sounded, earning him a decision victory.
Logan Wins with Speed!
Welterweight Martez Logan (13-6-1, 2 KOs) used his superior speed and ability to outpoint Lester Yarbrough (12-42-1, 5 KOs). The slower Yarbrough threw long, looping power shots that the much quicker Logan dodged.
Logan led to the body early, and controlled the fight with speed and accuracy. Yarbrough couldn’t match the power and speed Logan offered. Logan hit the canvas midway through round four as Yarbrough begged to be credited with a knockdown but it was deemed a slip.
Logan finished strong, exchanging in the center of the ring, as the bout came to a close, ending another fine night of fights at the New Daisy Theatre.
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
Marty Robbins (18-17-1, 15 KOs) continued to excite the crowd with his power punching in a Lightweight fight in the latest night of boxing at the New Daisy Theatre. Robbins looked impressive as he displayed power punching and a sharp uppercut en route to a seven-knockdown performance of Chris Burford (4-14, 3 KOs) who could not continue after his seventh trip to the canvas.
Burford entered the fight fresh off a dominating knockout victory just as Robbins did, but Robbins clearly brought the heavier arsenal Tuesday night. Beginning in round two, Robbins’ uppercut began finding its way through Burford’s guard.
Robbins dropped Burford with a left uppercut in the second round and the third round. But, Burford valiantly battled back to start the fourth before Robbins again found an avenue down which to drive his hard left hand, dropping Burford again.
After remaining on his feet during the fifth round, Burford again absorbed Robbins’ power shots, hitting the canvas twice from looping right hands.
Burford refused to quit and returned for the seventh round where another uppercut sat him on the canvas only to see him rise one more time. But, it proved to be the last time as Robbins struck with yet another left uppercut that sat Burford on his rear shaking his head, unable to continue.
Galarza Outpoints Journeyman Yarborough!
In a Welterweight fight, Lester Yarborough (12-40-1, 5KOs) fought a defensive strategy against the much quicker and busier Louis Galarza (5-1, 2 KOs) as Galarza easily out pointed him 60-54 on all scorecards.
Galarza began digging right hands to the body in round two and flurried with a barrage of punches to end the third round. Yarborough continued to offer little offensively, instead fighting to survive and clinch his way out of trouble.
Kassi Dismantles Powell in Pro Debut!
Heavyweight Frederick Kassi (1-0, 1 KO) made his professional debut in impressive fashion as he easily dismantled Kenny Powell (2-3-1, 2 KOs), knocking him down in the second round.
Kassi unleashed power shots from the very beginning. In round one a Kassi left hand stunned Powell and put him on the defensive. Kassi then stormed in the second, plunging a hard right hand into Powell’s body that sent him to the canvas. Powell weathered the storm as Kassi seemed to tire during the second half of the round.
But, Powell had suffered enough and refused to answer the bell to begin the third, repeatedly telling corner man Red Fortner “that’s it” and shaking his head.
Rios TKO’s Smith in 2
Joey Rios (5-0, 3 KOs) from the Bronx, NY made the trip down south worthwhile as he kept busy in round one and then unleashed a fury in round two against local fighter Bruce Smith (1-13). Rios displayed power with both hands as he sent Smith to the canvas twice in the second round. A left hook to the ribs sent Smith down first, followed by a right to the ribs that did the same. Then Rios closed the show by finishing Smith off with another left to the body, earning him a TKO victory at 2:23 in round two.
Amateur Davis Pounds Out a Victory!
Jessie Davis pounded his way to victory in round one over Jimmy Johns. Davis began landing heavy shots and dropped Johns to the canvas. His corner men attempted to throw in the towel and retire their fighter but changed their mind when questioned by referee Allan Lovell.
Davis immediately jumped on his opponent and landed a hard right hand followed by another right to the temple, sending Johns down for the count at 2:45 in round one.
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
The New Daisy Theatre’s November installment of “Boxing on Beale” featured a hard-fought lightweight battle ending in a TKO victory for Marty Robbins (16-17-1, 13 KOs) over local favorite Clay Conrad (11-1, 1 KO).
Conrad began strong as the busier of the two fighters, and things looked bleak for Robbins as blood poured from his nose to end the first round.
But Robbins returned fire in the second and began displaying the power that has earned him knockouts in almost all of his victories.
The middle rounds featured the two fighters standing toe-to-toe, trading power shots. Conrad led with right hands while Robbins began to land several strong uppercuts, snapping Conrad’s head.
At the end of round seven Conrad’s face adorned the same color of crimson that Robbins had after round one. Robbins continued to land strong shots as Conrad’s punches began to lose their zip.
Near the end of round nine Robbins landed a left uppercut and followed it with a right hand to the top of the head that dropped Conrad to the canvas on all fours. Conrad up righted himself and attempted to prepare for battle but was still wobbled and began to fall.
Referee Allan Lovell kept the dazed Conrad upright and halted the bout at 2:59 in round nine.
Roy Shows Power
In another lightweight bout, Terrence Roy (4-0) used his tremendous speed and some surprising power to soundly defeat a game Antonio Smith (7-32-2, 4 KOs). Roy’s first punch was a huge left hook that dropped Smith straight to the canvas. Smith was visibly shaken from the tremendous punch but called on his reserve and experience to steady himself enough to continue and finish the round.
The next couple of rounds featured Roy exhibiting the speed that has earned him a 4-0 start as a professional. Smith had no answer for the rapid punches and escapability Roy displayed.
In round four Roy again showed his powerful punching by landing solid combinations and wobbling Smith. As Roy looked to the referee like he expected a stoppage, Smith continued forward absorbing Roy’s punches.
Round seven saw an accidental head butt send Roy to the canvas in pain. But Roy regained his composure and continued in strong fashion with his speed and reflexes for a solid win.
Burford KO’s Freeman
In the first fight of the evening, Chris Buford (4-13, 3 KOs) stopped Rodney Freeman
(0-1) with a big right hook at :43 left in the second round to earn a TKO victory. Freeman began aggressively, landing overhand rights with force as Buford covered himself. Buford stormed back with a left hook right on the chin as Freeman smiled.
Quentin Smith vs. Joseph Harris
Quentin Smith (1-3) and Joseph Harris (4-3, 3 KOs) fought a rather lackluster exhibition match that each treated as just that. They maneuvered and worked up a sweat practicing their sparring but not much more.
Heavyweight Richard Bonds (2-0, 1 KO) scored a decision victory over Marvin Hunt (9-9, 3 KOs) in a battle that proved much more of a challenge than the beginning of round one foreshadowed. In the first round, Bonds ripped combinations to Hunt’s skull as a left-right dropped Hunt early in the round. Hunt rose and survived the round.
By round two Hunt had a large mouse over his eye but came back strong to land power shots of his own. The round ended with the two fighters slugging as the bell sounded.
Round three featured much of the same as Bonds staggered Hunt near the bell as the two traded shots. But in the fourth and final round Hunt came on strong again, landing several huge left hands to Bonds’ head. Bonds shook his head as if to state he wasn’t hurt but the blows certainly slowed his efforts.
Bonds received the decision in a hard-fought and entertaining battle.
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
Lightweight Terrence Roy (3-0) and Chris Buford (3-13, 2 KOs) fought once again in a four-round contest with the same outcome as their last bout: a unanimous victory for Roy. This battle featured much the same as the last one offered. Roy proved too quick for Buford, but Buford gave a valiant effort in continuing through a barrage of rapid punches.
Roy staggered Buford in the second round but Buford continued to come forward, remaining unafraid to trade punches right up to the end of the final round as the two slugged it out until the bell rang. By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com