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.