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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 / Memphisboxing.com

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.

ESPN Fights Tonight at New Daisy!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by Champ

By Nate Yoder

MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to historic Beale Street tonight!

Heavyweights headline the night in a clash of former World Title challengers in the 10 round Main Event as Washington D.C.’s Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) goes toe-to-toe with Nashville, TN’s Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s).

The co-feature of the night is a rare match up of young undefeated prospects. Tyrese Hendrix 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) and Henry Lundy 17-0-1 (10 KO’s) will put it all on the line as they meet for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title.

The six bout card will be rounded off by four extremely well matched bouts. Houston, TX’s Lanard Lane 11-0 (7 KO’s) meets grizzled veteran John Brown 24-17-2 (11 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout. Also, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. 8-0 (5 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, MD puts his undefeated record on the line against the always tough Carlos Diaz of Dorado, Puerto Rico in a 6 round Featherweight match up. Further, Taureano Johnson 1-0 (1 KO), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Team, will do battle with Ryan Bianchini in a 4 round Middleweight clash. In addition, on the card is Memphis, TN’s Marlon Lewis 1-1 (1 KO) boxing Chris Gray 1-0 (1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for this tremendous night of live boxing and the first bout will start at 7:00 PM. The ESPN television broadcast will begin at 8:00 PM. All tickets are priced unbelievably low at $15 and seating is first come first serve.

To purchase tickets call The New Daisy Theatre at (901) 486-2385.

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