Scotti Vandevender – Fightnews.com
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.