By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
This month at Memphis’ New Daisy Theater, light heavyweight headliner LaFerrel “Fabulous Fairway” Bunting (6-1-1, 6 KOs) closed the show in grand style via knockout victory over Charlie Ward (7-21, 5 KOs).
Bunting stormed out from the opening bell, firing a left uppercut into Ward’s ribcage. Ward fell into the ropes for knockdown number one. Ward up righted himself only to receive further bludgeoning as Bunting struck a left hook around the waistline.
Ward fell to the canvas as referee Clay Huddleston asked timekeeper Rod Cardoni and the commissioners if the blow was low or not, then proceeded to begin his ten count when they shook their heads no.
But Ward held his own for the next few rounds, taking punches from Bunting well, while slipping quite a few. Then in round seven, Bunting unleashed a left hook as Ward marched into it. Ward fell like a rock on his back as referee Clay Huddleston ceased his count at 5 and waved the bout off at 1:17 in round seven.
Pillow Stops Gilliam!
In a lightweight bout, Jerome Pillow (13-0, 10 KOs) gave up almost twenty pounds to Walter Gilliam (1-9-1, 1 KO) and still managed to out power him. Pillow landed much more accurate punches in the first three rounds but was questionably deducted a point for a single low blow in the round.
In response to the deduction, Pillow charged forward in round four and landed combo after combo on the defenseless Gilliam until referee Clay Huddleston performed a standing eight count. Waving his finger in front of Gilliam, Huddleston asked him to follow his finger. To that Gilliam stared blankly straight ahead and the bout ended in yet another KO win for the slick punching Pillow, who seems to have trouble finding a challenging opponent in the local circles.
Goings Outlasts Adams for 4th Pro Win! (10/6/04)
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
In what read as a light heavyweight bout on the bout sheets, Jim Goings (4-0, 2 KOs) weighed in at 201 lbs. and squared off against 180-lb. Carlos Adams in an ugly slugfest. By the end of round two Goings bled from the nose but Adams’ tank looked to be running low.
Goings won a majority decision as Adams spent the final two rounds trying to tie Goings up in between gasping for air through a gaping mouth.
Johnson vs Watson a Draw! (10/6/04)
By Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com Middleweight Lamont Johnson (1-3-3, 1 KO) looked to add to his win column against newcomer Caleb Watson, but the result left him with yet another draw. Johnson entered his game self but again could not quite perform well enough for a victory.
Johnson landed early, but then Watson worked behind a quick, stiff left jab. The problem for Watson surfaced after the jab, as his attack remained almost completely void of a right hand to create a one-two combination.
The scorecards reflected the evenness and both fighters lack of quality exchanges 38-39 Johnson, 40-38 Watson, and 38-38.
Grubbs Down in 1st, Hangs on to KO Dowdy!
In a light heavyweight bout that matched Joe Grubbs in his pro debut against Tyrone Dowdy (0-2).
Dowdy stormed out from the bell ripping a left uppercut that sent Grubbs into the ropes for a knockdown. But Grubbs arose and began to land of his own accord, ending the round with a strong right hand.
Then in round 3 a barrage of punches lead to a standing eight count on the tiring Dowdy. Grubbs followed that with another uppercut to the ribcage and Dowdy fell halfway through the ropes doubled over ending the bout at 2:56 of round three.
Futes No match for Robertson!
In the opening bout of the evening, Clifton Robertson (1-0, 1 KO) debuted against Javier Futes (0-1) in impressive fashion. Robertson dropped Futes with a straight right hand. Then when Futes arose Robertson struck again with a right hook and Futes fell again, shaking his head no to referee Allan Lovell when asked if he wanted to continue.