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Barnett Decisions Hendrix in Battle!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, MMA, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Champ

Johnson Destroys Ashworth
by Michael Sheffield @ ringside, Photos By JD Meredith
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Ty Barnett (l) busted up his hands early and still managed a thorough victory over Hendrix

Saturday night, the action inside The Fitz matched the temperature outside with a five-card fight that reminded fans why the Fights at the Fitz series is one of the most popular events in Tunica.

Evenly matched lightweights Ty Barnett (17-1-1 12 KOs) and Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1 7 KOs) gave the crowd everything they had in the 8-round main event that saw Barnett break out with a dominating performance over Hendrix. However, Barnett’s win would be marred by possible injuries to both hands during the fight.

The hard-hitting and immensely fast Hendrix opened the fight imposing his will on Barnett, who didn’t have a bad first round, but was feeling his way through his opponent’s repertoire. Once the 2nd round began, Barnett would begin an onslaught that opened a cut under Hendrix’s right eye that he would continue to exploit during the remainder of the fight. Despite the cut and Barnett’s domination, Hendrix never stopped coming forward, possibly winning two rounds (the 4th and 8th). However, Barnett would flurry enough and back his opponent up to leave no doubt, even though the fight featured no knockdowns and ended with a unanimous 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 decision in Barnett’s favor.

Following the decision Barnett stated that he was ready to fight the best in the 135 lb division. “I would like to fight guys like John Molina. I want to fight for regional titles and then world titles. Now is my time, I am not getting any younger”.

Taureano Johnson (l) KO’d a game Ashworth in the first round.

Taureano Johnson would run his record to 4-0 with 4 KOs by destroying middleweight Roy Ashworth (5-9, 1 KO) in 1:31 of the opening round. The fight’s beginning seemed as if Ashworth would be up to the challenge posed by Johnson. Ashworth would brawl toe-to-toe with Johnson in his corner before Johnson would direct the action to the ropes and promptly drop Ashworth with a right uppercut that put him down to stay. Ashworth looked like the punch might have broken his jaw and nose, but still found the sportsmanship and the strength to parade his opponent around ring after the knockout was announced.

Side note: Doctor Jerry Gentry treated Ashworth in the ring as it took him quite a while to gain his composure. Later, while dining, Ashworth suffered breathing and dizziness issues and was immediately air lifted to the closest hospital where reports are that he was treated for fractured facial bones and released. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Roy Ashworth and his family on a quick and healthy recovery.

Bedwell (r) Shocked Hutchinson, Delivers 4 Knockdowns.

Nathan Bedwell 2-3 (1 KO) KO2 Hoyt Hutchinson 1-1 (1 KO)

Another local star could be born in super middleweight Nathan Bedwell, who despite a 1-3 record, impressed the crowd who might have mistaken him for an underdog against Hoyte Hutchinson (1-0 1 KO). Bedwell appeared to be smaller than the 169 lbs both fighters were announced to weigh, but when the bell rang, preceded to hurt Hutchinson almost immediately with a wild left hook that landed during a flurry from both fighters. It would be Bedwell’s last wild punch of the night. While the 18-year old Bedwell showed he still had plenty to learn about setting up his punches, he would finish the first round landing hard shots that would soften Hutchinson up for the fight’s conclusion.

Referee Randy Phillips would end the first round warning Bedwell about elbows and would spend the second round counting the times Bedwell knocked Hutchinson down, ultimately getting to 4 knockdowns before stopping the fight at 1:30 of the second round. Bedwell would win by knockout after scoring four knockdowns in 30 seconds. The crowd would loudly appreciate the performance that could easily make Bedwell a featured fighter in Tunica.

Bell (l) Decisions Williams After 4.

Dedrick Bell 3-2 (2 KO’s) UD4 Josh Williams 0-1

The normally wild Jr. middleweight Dedrick Bell put on the best performance of his young career (2-2, 2 KOs) as he would need everything he had to put away Josh Williams, who chose Bell as the opponent to face for his first professional fight.

Williams, who matched Bell in weight (151 lbs) didn’t have the punching power to exploit, even as he repeatedly hurt Bell over the course of the fight’s 4 rounds.

Bell would enter the ring for the second fight in a row escorted by local talent Miss Kitty Hollywood. He would employ his straightforward, throw-every-punch-he-could-think-of style to open the fight. Williams would successfully defend himself from the opening onslaught and force Bell to employ boxing technique, which he did surprisingly well.

Williams refused to allow the fight to turn into the brawl Bell would constantly try make it. However, Bell would constantly land left hooks and would drop Williams with a hook and jab combination in the 4th round. Bell would take a unanimous decision 39-37, 39-36, 40-35, but should have learned some real boxing lessons in the ring against Williams.

Wilson (l) loses a split decision to Henson.

Keuntray Henson 2-1 UD4 Rohan Wilson 4-3-1 (2 KO’s)

Jr. Welterweight Keuntray Henson (1-1) would take a split decision against Rohan Wilson 4-2-1 1 KO) in the opening 4 round fight of the evening.

The sell out crowd at The Fitz was Prize Fight Boxing’s 88th consecutive sell out of a casino show. The show will be broadcast in it’s entirety on Saturday night July 31st on Sportsouth as part of Prize Fight’s “Mississippi Fight Night” series. Prize Fight would like to thank all the boxing fans for packing the Fitz once again. They are truly the best fans in the sport today.

Hendrix & Barnett To Battle in Must Win Fight!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by Champ

JULY 24th – FIGHTS AT THE FITZ

Tunica, MS – Prize Fight in association with Global Boxing Gym and Tecate present one of the best fight cards and one of the best main events ever at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS as it returns July 24th with it’s latest installment of “Fights At The Fitz”. “Fights At The Fitz” is a record breaking series that has showcased many of the top young fighters in the world today. World ranked fighters such as Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter, Lamont & Anthony Peterson and many more have see their careers blossom at “Fights At The Fitz”. This coming Saturday, July 24th should be no different as top lightweight prospects Ty Barnett and Tyrese Hendrix will meet in an 8 round battle with future title implications at stake. Barnett 17-1-1 (12 KO’s) from Washington D.C. looks to be the hunter in this fight as he attempts to use his great power punching ability and smooth boxing skills to limit the slick southpaw Hendrix. The veteran Hendrix 18-1-1 (7 KO’s) from Atlanta, GA will attempt to use great ring generalship, pure boxing ability and quick feet to keep Barnett off balance and land a shot that could swing the night into his favor. “This is probably the most competitive and compelling main event we have ever brought to the Fitz. It is an intriguing match up between the great boxer and the great puncher. Everything is on the line. The winner goes on to regional title fights and the loser has to climb the ladder again. I can’t wait!”, stated promoter Russ Young of Prize Fight.

The four bout undercard is also packed with very talented boxers. One of those young fighters is the outspoken and charismatic Taureano Johnson. Johnson is considered by many to be one of the top Jr. Middleweight prospects in the world today. Johnson 3-0 (3 KO’s), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Boxing Team and native of Nassau, Bahamas, has electric power in both hands and will look to impose that power on Roy Ashworth of New Orleans, LA in a 4 round clash. Also on the card is light heavyweight prospect Donta Woods 7-0 (6 KO’s) of Atlanta, GA as he will lay it all on the line against cagy veteran Terry Porter of Little Rock, AR.

This exciting 5 bout card will be replayed on SportSouth July 31st into 10 million homes throughout the southeastern United States. Tickets for this event can be purchased by calling the Fitz Casino Gift Shop at (800)-766-LUCK(5825), by calling ticketmaster at (901)-525-1515, or by visiting http://www.ticketmaster.com. The doors for this event will open at 6:30 PM and the first fight will start at 7:00 PM

Contact: Nate Yoder (618) 979-6735

Fights at the Fitz Report!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by Champ

By Michael Shefield @ ringside

Prize Fight Boxing’s Fights at the Fitz series returned Saturday night, with a national audience tuning in on SportSouth for “Mississippi Fight Night.”

The five-fight card ran the gamut from Jr. welterweights to heavyweights, with heavyweights Adam Kownacki (2-0, 2 KOs) and Yohan “The Bodysnatcher” Banks (3-3, 1 KO) putting on the most entertaining fight of the night in a 4-round battle.

The Polish Kownacki, fighting out of Brooklyn, brought a sizable and vocal cheering section with him and he wouldn’t disappoint the fans. Banks would give it his best shot for the first two rounds before he ended up on the receiving end with Kownacki punishing his midsection in the third round. Banks would survive the round and Kownacki would pick up where he left off immediately in the 4th round.

After a standing 8-count from referee Randy Phillips, Kownacki would end the fight with a knockout at 1:11 of the 4th round.

In the main event, Jr. Middleweight Shawn Porter (16-0, 16 KOs) would need 4 of the scheduled 8 rounds to pick apart Bobby Kliewer (10-10 6 KOs), who had 6-inches on his opponent.

Porter was clearly quicker and more skilled than Kliewer, who would attempt to lean on him to slow his momentum. Porter eventually was able to neutralize Kliewer and would stun him at the end of the 4th round, before quickly eliminating Kliewer at 1:08 in the 8th round by TKO.

Marlon Lewis (2-1, 1 KO) and Chris Gray (1-1 1 KO) would renew hostilities from an underwhelming April bout at the New Daisy with another underwhelming opening bout. Gray, who was visibly tired at the end of the first round of the previous fight, actually put up more of a fight this time around, catching Lewis with hard hooks and jabs throughout the fight before tiring in the 4th round.

However, as has been his MO during his 3-fight career, Lewis couldn’t finish his opponent, but did enough to win a unanimous decision 39-35, 40-34 39-35.

Welterweight Rodney Coffman would notch his first victory against Lewis Crews (0-2), scoring a TKO in 55 seconds of the second round.

Both fighters would trade hard and wild shots throughout the first round with Coffman getting the better of his opponent as the round went on

Light heavyweight Donta “The Dream” Woods (6-0, 5 KOs) would score a TKO at 2:27 of the second round against Roy “The Destroyer” Ashworth (5-8 2 KOs) and

Middleweight Dominic “The Blade” Wade (6-0 5 KOs) would take a unanimous decision (40-35, 40-35, 40-33) against Michael Faulk (2-0)

Fights at the Fitz This Saturday!

Posted in Site News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Champ

Second installment of “Mississippi Fight Night” on SportsSouth!

Tunica, MS – Prize Fight Boxing is proud to introduce the second installment of “Mississippi Fight Night” on SportsSouth. “Fights At The Fitz” will air on SportsSouth from the beautiful Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS. This 6 bout card will feature some of the hottest prospects in the sport today. “This whole series is built around introducing tomorrow’s stars today”, said Brian Young of Prize Fight.

The main event on the card will be a classic duel of two talented junior middleweights. “Showtime” Shawn Porter 14-0 (11 KO’s) of Akron, Ohio will square off with Robert Kliewer 10-10 (6 KO’s) of St. Paul, MN. Porter, a 2008 United States Olympic Boxing Team Alternate and one of the hottest prospects in boxing, looks to continue his winning ways against the formidable Kliewer in this 8 round bout. Defeating Bobby Kliewer will be no easy task for Porter as Kliewer is well known for being a tough customer in the middleweight division. Porter is well on his way to achieving his goal of a world title and cannot take Kliewer lightly or his hopes could be derailed.

The feature bout of the evening is an exciting bout of undefeated fighters. Dominic Wade 6-0 (5 KO’s) of Largo, MD and Michael Faulk 2-0 of Minneapolis, MN. square off in an action packed Middleweight bout which is sure to have the Tunica fans on their feet. The scintillating 6 bout card is filled out with three evenly matched affairs featuring a classic light heavyweight battle between Dontae Woods and Terry Porter, a brutal heavyweight match up between Adam Kownacki and Yohan Banks, a four round Jr. Welterweight duel between Marlon Lewis and Chris Gray and the professional debut of Tupelo, MS welterweight Rodney Coffman.

The fight can be viewed live on the Internet via prizefighttv.com for free starting at 7:30 p.m. central time. The doors will open at 7:00 PM for this exciting night of boxing and the first bout will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through all ticketmaster outlets, at http://www.ticketmaster.com, by calling ticketmaster at (901) 525-1515 or by calling Fitzgeralds at (800) 766-5825. This unbelievable night of boxing can be viewed live from beautiful Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, MS.

For More Information:

Nate Yoder – Prize Fight – (618) 979-6735

January Fights at the Fitz Report!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by Champ

Nelson Dominates Taylor!
By: Jeff White at Ringside, Memphisboxing.com

Prize Fight Boxing kicked off 2010 at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS, with a five card bout before an always boisterous crowd.

The scheduled eight round main event featured middleweights Jonathan Nelson (13-0, 6 KO’s) vs Clarence Taylor (14-23-4, 7 KO’s).

The fight started with light action, with Nelson getting the slight edge. Nelson was seemingly the more polished fighter but Taylor’s experience proved valuable as he knocked down Nelson in the third and picked his spots throughout the bout. Midway through the fourth Nelson took control, landing on several good combos when he got Taylor in the ropes. However, he seemed to lack the ability to finish up and capitalize on the advantage from the combos. But despite the hesitation from Nelson, he dominated the fight and won by unanimous decision.
Result Nelson, Unanimous Decision

Nicole Woods (9-6-1, 1 KO) faced Kimberly Connors (5-1-1, 3KO’s) in a jr. middle female bout scheduled for eight rounds.

The most entertaining fight of the night. Round 1 was fairly even, with Woods being the aggressor. Things heated up in the second, with Connor being more aggressive in taking the fight to her opponent. Both landed solid shots to the head and Connor’s nose began to trickle blood late in the round. In the third, both women came out swinging and Woods starting taking advantage of her reach to keep Connor at a distance. The fourth through seventh rounds provided more of the same furious action with each fighter landing numerous productive blows. Connor’s nose bled more profusely throughout. In the eighth and final round, both fighters came out with intensity, sensing it was practically a dead heat. Connor took control midway through the eighth, dizzying Woods with repeated shots to the head. It appeared the late charge might be enough to give her the edge, but almost fittingly, the fight ended in a draw. Valiant effort from both fighters.

Result 77-75 Woods, 80-72 Connor, 76-76 tie Draw

Dedrick Bell (1-0, 1KO) squared off with Rohan Wilson (2-3-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled four round jr. welter bout.

This fight started slowly, with each fighter sizing up their opponent throughout the first round. Wilson landed a solid right to start the second and initiate the contact. Wilson fought with an opportunistic style, relying on counterpunches to help neutralize the reach advantage of Bell. Bell was the aggressor, but his reluctance to shoot the jab allowed Wilson to get inside seemingly at will against the taller Bell. Bell was knocked down twice in the third, and Wilson landed a powerful right cross in the fourth to claim the unanimous decision.
Result: Wilson, unanimous decision

Gary Russell, Jr. (7-0, 3 KO’s) faced David Orosco Cano (1-7) in a scheduled four round featherweight bout.

Russell came out like a hurricane, smothering Orosco with combinations and body blows. He dominated from the opening bell, causing two standing eights and two knockdowns in the first round, after which Orosco’s corner stopped the fight.

Result: First round TKO, Russell (2:58)

Nathan Kempa (1-1-1, 1 KO) vs. Brandon Oldham (1-4-1, 1 KO) in a four round jr. middle bout.
Fairly evenly matched fight, with Oldham starting out as the aggressor. Kempa started landing good body blows in the second and third rounds. The fight was competitive throughout with good action. Kempa was cut over the left eye early in the fourth with an impressive right cross from Oldham. This seemed to light a spark in Kempa who closed the first round with a flurry of action.
Result: Majority Draw

Fights at the Fitz Report

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2006 by Champ

JD Meredith and Tim Kellum at ringside
Saturday night, Prize Fight Boxing put on an early Thanksgiving boxing card at Fitzgerald’s Casino – Tunica, for a jubilant sell out crowd. The card was not billed with a Thanksgiving theme but for fight fans it truly was a card to be thankful for.

Fights at the Fitz are always entertaining and enjoyable but Prize Fight went above and beyond Saturday night by opening up their stable and leading out two young studs that will one day stand at the starting gates for a shot at the triple crown of their divisions. Those studs, Anthony and Lamont Peterson, where brought in for what was is most likely their last appearances in a small venue such as the Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s.

The Petersons weren’t the only class acts on the card. DeAndre Abron battled Kippy Warren. Unbeaten, “Mr Showtime” Ira Terry faced Richard Dinkins and rounding out the card was Josiah Judah, younger brother to Zab “Super” Judah who sqaured off with Rodney Freeman.

Ann Wolfe was originally slated to fight Valarie Mafood, from who she resceived her sole defeat, but pulled out of the fight for reasons unknown.
Prior to the beginning of the first bout a ten count and moment of silence was extended to the memory of the late Hearn Marler. Hearn, who had fought at Fitzgerld’s, was recently killed in an automobile accident. (continued below)

Anthony Peterson vs Alfred Kotey
NABO Lightweight Champ and WBO #3 Lightweight Contender Anthony Peterson (136lb – 21-0, 15 ko’s) needed only his jab to work his way around former champ Alfred Kotey (135lb – 24-14-1, 14 ko’s). Persistent jabs in Kotey’s face kept him on the defensive for most of the fight with the exception of the a short bursts in round four and eight. Peterson dominated the fight but Kotey tried to work in his jab did manage to connect with a few of solid punches.

In round seven Peterson noticably let his hands go until Kotey’s jab began to connect.
Peterson then reeled it back in and continued to control the fight with the jab.

Kotey never seemed frustrated or hurt in the fight but did appear to be amazed at Peterson’s handywork.

After eight, all three judges scored the bout 80-72 for Peterson.

Lamont Peterson vs. Marteze Logan
NABF Light Welter Champ Lamont Peterson (141lb – 19-0, 7 ko’s) put his arsenal on display when he met up with local journeyman Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan (140lb – 24-26-2, 6 ko’s). Mixing jabs with combos, Peterson distributed punches evenly between Logan’s head and body.
Logan, is an agressive fighter who has been known to topple fighters in their prime. He is smart and elusive. Peterson took on his challenge and met it with skill and maturity, fighting within his limits and staying in control.

There were many great exchanges during this fight. Logan was able to land on occassion but Peterson landed his trademark left upper cuts and displyed his spectacular footwork by slipping and moving in a Matrix-like fashion. Peterson escaped the fight virtually unscathed.
After eight judges scored the bout 79-73 | 80-72 | 80-72 for Peterson.

At the break of the first round, Logan’s corner called referee Randy Phillips over to check a substance on what appeared to be Logan’s head. Phillips checked Peterson’s gloves and reported back to Logan’s camp without apparent incident.

DeAndre Abron vs. Kippy Warren
DeAndre Abron punctiated his eleventh victory with a frightening third round KO of fellow light heavyweight Kippy Warren. In a fight that was tilting in Warren’s favor, Abron was steadily beaten to the punch. Warren’s busy jab was in Abron’s face until 2:06 of round three when Abron delievered a brutal straight right to Warren’s head. Warren hit the canvas and immediately the fight was waved off. Warren’s head hit hard on the canvas when he fell which compounded the knockout blow. He was down quite some time and then medically assisted out of the ring. It certainly seemed Warren was frustrating Abron until the KO, however, Abron was able to bull his way to a win with pure power.

Ira Terry vs Richard Dinkins
Jr. Lightweight Ira Terry put the heat on Richard Dinkins. With vicious body work and heavy hands Terry pounded away at Dinkins. In round two Terry’s power dropped Dinkins to the canvas, forced the referree to give Dinkins a standing eight count then sent Dinkins to the canvas a second time. After the second knockdown Dinkins answered the referee on the count of eight and just as teh fight resumed, unbeknownst to Dinkins, his corner threw in the towel. The fight came to a merciful hault at 2:35 in the 2nd round. Dinkins was a gritty, determined fighter, but nevertheless, failed to deter Terry who cruises to 11-0 with 8 TKOS.

Josiah “Gorilla” Judah vs Anthony Bowman
Josiah “Gorilla” Judah, younger brother of Zab “Super” Judah fought at very tenative and hesitant bout against a game Anthony Bowman. Judah would not let his hands go and seemed to ease his way up to Bowman as if he were slowly looking around a corner. Judah’s corner asked him to stay with his jab. When Judah did connect he would back away to admire his work. During the many clinches that were seen Bowman would punch Judah in the back of the head. In round five Bowman had a point deducted for holding and punching. Judah didn’t look comfortable in this bout and Bowman landed the harder shots in this match. After six rounds Judges ruled unanimously for Judah, however Bowman appeared to be the crowd favorite after the fight. Scores were 58-56 | 59-54 | 59-54.

Peterson Brothers at Fitzgeralds This Sat (11/18)!

Posted in 2006, Administrative, Boxing News, Press Releases with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2006 by Champ

Southaven, MS – Prize Fight Boxing returns to The Fitz Casino & Hotel November 18th as the undefeated Peterson brothers are set to appear in separate bouts in the latest installment of Prize Fight’s “Fights At The Fitz”. The main event will feature undefeated and #3 world ranked Anthony Peterson in an 8 round clash against former world titlist, Alfred Kotey from Ghana . Presently, Anthony (20-0,16 KO’s) is the NABO Lightweight Champion and was recently named by ESPN Boxing as it’s 2006 prospect of the year. Anthony appeared on ESPN multiple times in 2006 and captured his NABO title on the network in June by defeating Adan Hernandez at WC Handy Park in Memphis, TN. However, his opponent Alfred Kotey has a record of 24-13-1 (14 KO’s) and is a former WBO world title holder who has fought some of the toughest boxers in the business today. Consequently, Kotey is sure to be a formidable opponent for Anthony Peterson.
Lamont Peterson 18-0 (8 KO’s) returns to the Fitz for the first time since December 2005 as he will square off against Marteze Logan from nearby Covington, TN. Lamont is coming off a convincing victory this past September over Omar Bernal and must get by the tough Logan to line himself up for a potential title shot in 2007. Logan, who recently shocked the previously undefeated prospect Americo Santos, looks to add a blemish to Lamont’s perfect record. The Peterson vs. Logan bout will be an 8 round bout in the Jr. Welterweight division.

The star studded card at the Fitz continues to get better as 8-Time World Champion Ann Wolfe will also be on the card in a 6 round bout in the female super middleweight division. Wolfe is no secret to mid-south fight fans as she has appeared at The Fitz and in Memphis at FedExForum many times already in her career. Wolfe 24-1 (16 KO’s) will put her 19 fight win streak on the line against Valerie Mahfood 19-11-3 (9 KO’s). Mahfood is the only woman alive who has ever beaten Ann Wolfe as she stopped Wolfe on November 30, 2000 in front of a stunned audience in Houston, Texas .

Also on the card will be local sensation Ira Terry 10-0 (6 KO’s) from nearby Brighton, TN. Ira has been on a fast pace since turning pro this past February and will battle a yet to be named opponent in a 6 round Jr. lightweight bout. Ira’s combination of speed and power is admired by the Fitz fans as he is quickly becoming a fan favorite.
Josiah Judah, the younger brother of 3-Time World Champion Zab Judah, will make another appearance at the Fitz. Josiah will battle journeyman Anthony Bowman in a 6 round clash that is sure to be entertaining from the opening bell. In July of this year, Josiah last appeared at the Fitz as he won a unanimous decision against Norman Johnson. At the present time, Zab Judah is expected to be in attendance at “Fights at the Fitz”.

Tickets are on sale now for this star studded event at the Fitz Casino Gift Shop. Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and are sure to sell quickly given the line up of boxers on display. For more information on the show please call Prize Fight Boxing at (662) 349-6263 or the Fitz Casino at (800) 766-5825.

Full Report From “Fights at the Fitz”

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2006 by Champ

Saturday night, Fitgerald’s Casino, Tunica, and Prize Fight Boxing put on an entertaining and explosive evening of boxing. The sold out show represented Prize Fight Boxing’s fiftieth consecutive casino sell out.

Bryant (13-0, 9 ko’s – 167) vs Billy Thompson (8-6, 3 ko’s – 171)
An electrified crowd cheered wildly during the main event which pitted unbeaten super middleweight beast, Rowland Bryant, against the tough Billy Thompson. Bryant entered the ring and brought his guns, speaking of his arms off course, with their impressive reach and serious size. In the opening rounds Bryant threw powerful bombs that exploded on the chin of Thompson. Bryant’s clubbing punches seemed to make audible sounds as they traveled in left-right-left combinations. All the while Thompson took these punches in stride until the end of the third when a Bryant punch sent him scrambling to the canvas. At this point, the fight changed. After Thompson made the count, he landed some of his most impressive punches of the early rounds. In the forth, Thompson peppered Bryant with four unanswered jabs and then added a straight right hand to Bryant’s cheek. Rowland moved away from the power punches and utilized the jab as well. Bryant, late in the forth, threw a jostling combo that consisted of a straight right hand up top, followed by a left to the body, a right to the body and finished with a right to the head. In the fifth Rowland got caught coming inside and was met by a stiff Thompson jab. Bryant returned fire and caught Thompson with a hard right hand which Thompson walked through and countered. In the sixth and final round it was as if Bryant’s destructive punches raised a preverbal cloud of smoke which encapsulated his opponent. Once the smoke cleared, Thompson still stood holding his own. Bryant went on to win their bout by a unanimous decision, however, Thompson, fought hard and deserved applause. Final scores were 60-53 | 59-54 | 60-53.

Rubio (5-2, 4 ko’s – 133) vs Paz (2-4, 2 ko’s – 131.5)
The featured bout of the evening showcased the rematch of super feather Rudy Paz and Jose “Pepe” Rubio. The last bout was a barn burner as Paz stunned Rubio with a final round, seconds out, knockout.

The rematch was war of wills and consisted of 12 minutes of brawling from bell to bell.

Rubio started strong, moving forward and landing punches through Paz’s defense. The middle rounds were difficult to score with both fighters throwing and connecting. Rubio landed first in the fourth round but Paz largely controlled the round. Rubio appeared hurt after Paz landed a series sold right hands and left hooks that drew blood from the nose. Rubio, found himself cornered against the ropes but eventually managed to stave off another knockout loss in the final round. The fight went to the judges. Scores were 39-37 for Rubio and 38-38 | 38-38. For a majority draw. It seems that a trilogy is in order.

Terry (9-0, 6 ko’s – 137) vs Regular (6-24, 3 ko’s – 143)
Ira Terry, newly signed to the Prize Fight stable, wasn’t in the most appealing fight verses veteran jr. welter, Chris Regular. Terry stalked the southpaw-to-conventional morphing Regular with power punches only to find himself being held more frequently than being punched. After a wild first round, Regular appeared to sustain a cut above the right eye at the bridge of the nose. Regular was also warned for hitting during the break by Referee Mike Taylor. Regular was deducted a point in the fourth round for repeated holding. In the sixth and final round Terry rocked Regular with a jab right hand that dizzied the veteran. Regular’s corner, sensing that their fighter was in danger, threw in the towel. He was never in the fight. Official time was 1:29.

Godfrey (3-0, 3 ko’s – 205) vs Hunt (11-16, 4 ko’s – 202)
East St. Louis’ Joell Godfrey TKO’d fellow heavyweight Marvin Hunt in the first stanza. Hunt was down three times and upon the third knock down referee Randy Phillips waived the fight off. Official time was 2:15.

Bobo (14-0, 2 ko’s – 130) vs Ponce (11-27, 7 ko’s –130.7)
Quick handed featherweight Leon Bobo battled eight rounds with Natalio Ponce in the first bout of the evening. Bobo threw his entire arsenal at Ponce, who absorbed the punches well. In rounds three and four time was called to reinsert Ponce’s mouth piece. In the final round things almost got out of hand when the fighters got tangled and Ponce leaned heavily on the off-balanced Bobo. After being separated, it appeared that Ponce raised a hand in an attempt to make good on his action and Bobo threw a sold right hand that landed flush on Ponce’s chin. Bobo won this bout, against an overmatched Ponce, by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 80-69. Ponce was never down in the fight but did receive two standing eight counts.

Prizefights sells out 43rd Consecutive Casino Card!

Posted in 2005, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , on December 7, 2005 by Champ

As of today, Brian Young and Prize Fight Boxing have sold out forty-three straight casino fights. The December 10th show at Fitzgerald’s was sold out solely from ticket purchases at the Fitz’s box office. No tickets were sold online. This is big news for Young as he has created a great demand for boxing in the Mid-South.

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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