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Sam’s Town “Fight NIght”!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2004 by Champ

The Championship Boxing Series continues at Sam’s Town Casino on July 31st. There will be 7 Nationally Televised bouts and Attendees will get a preview of light heavyweight John Johnson of Batesville, MS. Johnson (4-0, 4 KOs), is an impressive puncher but has not yet been truely challenged. In the Main Event, Atlanta, Georgia’s, Antonio Davis (12-1, 5KOs) will battle New Orleans native, Bradley Verdin (9-6, 6KOs) 10 rounds for the IBF/USBA Regional Title.
Another local fight favorite, Chirsty Nickle (Southaven, MS) will be featured in a 4 round fight.

Sams Town – Wood blasts Mitchell!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2004 by Champ

Scotti Vandevender –

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.

Fight night at Sams Town This Saturday!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , on June 17, 2004 by Champ

Nashville native, Frank Wood (21-3, 14KO) willl take on fellow heavyweight Terry Porter (14-17-3, 9KO). Porter, coming of a solid performance against Dan Ward, has faced some serious opposition in the ring. He has fought a long list of big names the likes of Monte Barrett, Samuel Peter, Leo Nolan, Michael Moorer, Faruq Saleem, David Bostice, Cedric Boswell, and James Toney. Frank Wood has also face a few heavy hitters such as Brian Nelson, Sherman Williams and also Leo Nolan. Both fighters lost TKO 5 to Nolan. Porter’s fight with Frank Wood should a crowd pleaser.

The Main Event showcases Light heavyweights, John Johnson (3-0, 3 KO) vs T.C. James (5-21, 3KO). Show is 6/19/04 at 7:30pm in the River Palace Entertainment Center.
The event will have seven bouts. Call the Sams Town Box Office at 1-800-456-0711.

Sam’s Town Fight Night!

Posted in 2004, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2004 by Champ

Sam’s Town Casino has 6 bouts lined up for their January 24th “Fight Night” at the River Palace Entertainment Center. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Heavyweights Marvin Hunt and Ray Lundsford will take each other on in an 8 round rematch. Hunt was the victor in their first fight. For tickets call the Sam’s Town Entertainment Hotline, 1-800-456-0711.Tickets are $25 and $15. Fight card subject to change.

Jr. Bantamweight – 8 rounds
Ivan Hernandez, 15-0-1 (11 KO’s)
Arturo Davalos, 11-9 (7 KO’s)

Heavyweight – 8 rounds
Marvin Hunt, 11-7 (8 KO’s)
Ray Lunsford, 6-3-1

Bantamweight– 4 rounds
Samatha Browning, 2-0 (1 KO)
Shannon Birmingham, 2-3 (1 KO)

Middleweight – 4 rounds
Dana Horn, 1-0
Norman Johnson, 2-6

Featherweight – 4 rounds
Tiffany Ibanez, 1-0
Lana Alexander, 1-3

Light Heavyweight – 4 rounds
Adam Hubinger, Pro Debut
T.C. James, 8-8

Martinez Out-hustles Shufford!

Posted in 2003, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2003 by Champ

By Scotti Vandevender –

Professional boxing returned to Sam’s Town Casino Saturday night with a 9-card lineup in the Cedric Kushner and Prize Fight Boxing promotion – “Heavyweight Explosion.”

After having lost his last two fights by TKO, heavyweight Gilbert Martinez (16-6-1 7 KOs) pressed the action and worked the body en route to a victory over the once highly regarded Charles Shufford (20-5, 9 KOs). Shufford entered the fight with a victory in his last fight and a somewhat controversial stoppage in his prior fight with Jameel McCline, a fight where he hurt McCLine early.

Where Shufford looked to regain his footing on the stepladder to contendership, Martinez effectively halted any such progress. By initiating the action and bullying his way in headfirst, Martinez garnered a split decision victory.

From the first round on Shufford seemed happy to absorb body shots and wait for a chance to land. Unfortunately he never received the chances he sought as occasional left hooks provided the only real offense he displayed.

Shufford landed a right left combo and followed it up with a right hand in the fourth round, but Martinez pounded his chest in his best King Kong impersonation and again lurched forward.

The battle continued the same with Martinez lunging forward and landing to the body while Shufford struck with very sporadic left hooks. Referee Elmo Adolph did his best in round six to press the action by urging both fighters to “fight” which resulted in the two swapping left hooks.

But that marked the majority of the excitement as Martinez earned victory through his much higher punch output.

Pudar Hammers Ward

Jovo Pudar (20-1, 10 KOs) used his superior strength and power to defeat Dan Ward (28-15-1, 14 KOs) from nearby West Memphis, AR. After an exchange of heavy punches in the corner of the ring at the end of round one, Pudar began to boom body punches and back Ward against the ropes in round two.

Pudar hammered Ward into the ropes in all four corners before landing a shot to the top of Ward’s head as he attempted to duck. Ward fell to all fours. He beat the count but referee Elmo Adolph deemed Ward unable to continue and Pudar scored a TKO at 2:48 in round two.

Lundsford vs. Woodward, Technical Draw

Yet another heavyweight battle saw local Tunica, MS fan-favorite Ray Lunsford (16-3-1, 7 KOs) pulling ahead of opponent Vernon Woodward (3-7-1, 3 KOs) with aggressiveness and power punches before an accidental headbutt at the end of round two opened a huge gash above his left eye. Blood immediately poured from the wound covering his chest as the ringside doctor halted the fight. This resulted in a technical draw as Mississippi boxing rules state must occur if the fight lasts less than four rounds. By Scotti Vandevender –

Journyman Vedder Out-points Martin

Heavyweight joureyman David Vedder (22-22-5, 3 KOs) easily out-pointed Wesley Martin (13-39-8, 7 KOs) in a four round contest. Vedder was the aggressor as he outmaneuvered the mostly defensive Martin.

Bryant Dismantles Phifer

Light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (2-0, 2 KOs) easily dismantled Michael Phifer (1-2, 1 KO). Bryant landed a combination that felled Phifer and earned a TKO victory as the referee determined Phifer could not continue.

Females Fights Excite!

In the first of two female bouts, Hollie Dunaway (5-3, 3 KOs) outworked the much taller Shannon Birmingham (2-2, 1 KO) en route to a unanimous decision in their four-round fight. Dunaway charged hard from the onset and stunned Birmingham with a couple of right hands to the head. Birmingham then tried to remain at a distance and jab to keep Dunaway away but the aggressive Dunaway continued to barge in and strike to the head.

Canadian female 105-pounder Vaia Zaganas (12-2, 6 KOs) landed power shots in bunches as her opponent Nikki Verbeck (0-8) has no answer for her power and skill. Verbeck couldn’t locate her corner at the end of round one and shortly after the bell her corner threw in the towel to end the onslaught of punches at :24 into round two. Verbeck vehemently argued with her corner after the stoppage and stormed from the ring to her dressing room.

Horne vs. Broyles – Pro Debuts!

Newcomers Dana Horne (1-0, 1 KO) and Timothy Broyles (0-1) made their pro debuts in the middleweight division in a short but explosive brawl. Broyles began throwing power shots and Horne immediately returned fire, stunning Broyles on a couple of occasions. But Broyles continued to throw power punches as Horne landed a precise right uppercut that extinguished Broyle’s lights. His mouthpiece dropped from his mouth as he fell face-first like a tree sawed at the roots.

The bout was immediately waved off and after a few minutes Broyles was again on his feet and seemed to be doing fine, able to walk from the ring with only a little assistance. By Scotti Vandevender –

Jiminez’s Body Shots Chop Miller Down

In the final bout of the evening, the monstrous 6’6″ and 249-pound Albert Jiminez (4-0, 4 KOs) recorded another knockout victory in his win over Calvin Miller (4-15, 3 KOs). Jiminez has yet to reach the second round as a pro. He hammered Miller with body shots as Miller buried his head in his arms to avoid blows to the head from the heavy puncher.

First a right hook to the ribs dropped Miller. Shortly thereafter, another right hook to the body had him down again. Miller stood up and continued to fight but after another Jiminez body shot Miller again knelt on the canvas shaking his head no as referee Keith Hughes asked him if he wished to continue. Jiminez ended the night with a TKO at 1:24 in round one after his display of powerful body punching.

Hernandez vs. Poma at Sam’s Town – 8/30!

Posted in 2003, Boxing News, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2003 by Champ

Ivan Hernandez (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will battle Ruben Poma (12-5, 9 KOs) for the Mid-South Flyweight Title. Heavyweights Samuel Peter and Daniel Frank will square off at Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, Saturday, August 30th for a scheduled 8 round event.

In other Heavywieght action Marvin Hunt (9-6, 7 KOs) will climb into the ring with Ray Lundsford (16-2, 11 KOs). Lionel Butler will take on Dan Ward. For ticket information call 1-800-456-0711


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