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FULL REPORT: TNT at the DCC!

Posted in 2011, Boxing News, Michael Sheffield, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2011 by Champ

by Micheal Sheffield @ Ringside, Photos by JD Meredith

Two impressive young fighters stole the show from a former 2 time heavyweight champion on a hot and rainy north Mississippi Saturday night. The six fights, dubbed “TNT at the DCC,” featured former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, but would be remembered for two fighters (one of whom left with a title) that could be future champions themselves.

17-year old Washington D.C.-native Dusty Harrison would display tremendous poise and skill against Welterweight Alphonso Alexander (0-3) in his professional debut. Touted as the youngest professional fighter in the United States, Harrison would immediately win over the slightly wary crowd by not wasting punches in the first round. He wasn’t over-active, but whenever he threw, Harrison landed loud, punishing shots that echoed through the arena and elicited “oohs” from the crowd. Alexander wasn’t impressed, choosing to trash talk his younger opponent throughout the fight. It was an interesting tactic because Harrison seemed to choose a different side of the ring to dominate throughout the fight’s four rounds, while Alexander was little more than a trash-talking heavy bag. Harrison was impressive and the crowd appreciated his efforts, which would result in him taking a unanimous decision, 40-36 on the judges’ scorecards.

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Connor Tops Woods by Narrow Decision!

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

By Michael Sheffield At Ringside, Memphisboxing.com

The 2010 finale of PrizeFight Boxing’s Fights at the Fitz series ended with crowd-pleasing rematch of female lightweights that easily surpassed the excitement of the original fight. Both fighters would put on impressive performances for former heavyweight champion, Michael Moorer, who was providing color commentary for the fight’s television broadcast and former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, who was in attendance.

The 8-round main event between Nicole Woods (11-7-1 3 KOs) and Kim Connor (6-1-2 3 KOs) was the sequel to a draw between the two women from January 30, 2010.

Connor, who was easily the crowd favorite, would stand toe to toe with the taller and more powerful Woods, and the two fighters didn’t disappoint the sellout crowd. From the opening bell until the final bell, Woods and Connor took turns trading hard shots, with some landing even after the bell.

The action began with both fighters trading throughout the early rounds. However, Woods repeatedly was caught holding on to Connor’s right hand whenever she threw a jab. It would take 5 rounds for referee Randy Phillips to warn Woods.
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Barnett Decisions Hendrix in Battle!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, MMA, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Champ

Johnson Destroys Ashworth
by Michael Sheffield @ ringside, Photos By JD Meredith
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Ty Barnett (l) busted up his hands early and still managed a thorough victory over Hendrix

Saturday night, the action inside The Fitz matched the temperature outside with a five-card fight that reminded fans why the Fights at the Fitz series is one of the most popular events in Tunica.

Evenly matched lightweights Ty Barnett (17-1-1 12 KOs) and Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1 7 KOs) gave the crowd everything they had in the 8-round main event that saw Barnett break out with a dominating performance over Hendrix. However, Barnett’s win would be marred by possible injuries to both hands during the fight.

The hard-hitting and immensely fast Hendrix opened the fight imposing his will on Barnett, who didn’t have a bad first round, but was feeling his way through his opponent’s repertoire. Once the 2nd round began, Barnett would begin an onslaught that opened a cut under Hendrix’s right eye that he would continue to exploit during the remainder of the fight. Despite the cut and Barnett’s domination, Hendrix never stopped coming forward, possibly winning two rounds (the 4th and 8th). However, Barnett would flurry enough and back his opponent up to leave no doubt, even though the fight featured no knockdowns and ended with a unanimous 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 decision in Barnett’s favor.

Following the decision Barnett stated that he was ready to fight the best in the 135 lb division. “I would like to fight guys like John Molina. I want to fight for regional titles and then world titles. Now is my time, I am not getting any younger”.

Taureano Johnson (l) KO’d a game Ashworth in the first round.

Taureano Johnson would run his record to 4-0 with 4 KOs by destroying middleweight Roy Ashworth (5-9, 1 KO) in 1:31 of the opening round. The fight’s beginning seemed as if Ashworth would be up to the challenge posed by Johnson. Ashworth would brawl toe-to-toe with Johnson in his corner before Johnson would direct the action to the ropes and promptly drop Ashworth with a right uppercut that put him down to stay. Ashworth looked like the punch might have broken his jaw and nose, but still found the sportsmanship and the strength to parade his opponent around ring after the knockout was announced.

Side note: Doctor Jerry Gentry treated Ashworth in the ring as it took him quite a while to gain his composure. Later, while dining, Ashworth suffered breathing and dizziness issues and was immediately air lifted to the closest hospital where reports are that he was treated for fractured facial bones and released. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Roy Ashworth and his family on a quick and healthy recovery.

Bedwell (r) Shocked Hutchinson, Delivers 4 Knockdowns.

Nathan Bedwell 2-3 (1 KO) KO2 Hoyt Hutchinson 1-1 (1 KO)

Another local star could be born in super middleweight Nathan Bedwell, who despite a 1-3 record, impressed the crowd who might have mistaken him for an underdog against Hoyte Hutchinson (1-0 1 KO). Bedwell appeared to be smaller than the 169 lbs both fighters were announced to weigh, but when the bell rang, preceded to hurt Hutchinson almost immediately with a wild left hook that landed during a flurry from both fighters. It would be Bedwell’s last wild punch of the night. While the 18-year old Bedwell showed he still had plenty to learn about setting up his punches, he would finish the first round landing hard shots that would soften Hutchinson up for the fight’s conclusion.

Referee Randy Phillips would end the first round warning Bedwell about elbows and would spend the second round counting the times Bedwell knocked Hutchinson down, ultimately getting to 4 knockdowns before stopping the fight at 1:30 of the second round. Bedwell would win by knockout after scoring four knockdowns in 30 seconds. The crowd would loudly appreciate the performance that could easily make Bedwell a featured fighter in Tunica.

Bell (l) Decisions Williams After 4.

Dedrick Bell 3-2 (2 KO’s) UD4 Josh Williams 0-1

The normally wild Jr. middleweight Dedrick Bell put on the best performance of his young career (2-2, 2 KOs) as he would need everything he had to put away Josh Williams, who chose Bell as the opponent to face for his first professional fight.

Williams, who matched Bell in weight (151 lbs) didn’t have the punching power to exploit, even as he repeatedly hurt Bell over the course of the fight’s 4 rounds.

Bell would enter the ring for the second fight in a row escorted by local talent Miss Kitty Hollywood. He would employ his straightforward, throw-every-punch-he-could-think-of style to open the fight. Williams would successfully defend himself from the opening onslaught and force Bell to employ boxing technique, which he did surprisingly well.

Williams refused to allow the fight to turn into the brawl Bell would constantly try make it. However, Bell would constantly land left hooks and would drop Williams with a hook and jab combination in the 4th round. Bell would take a unanimous decision 39-37, 39-36, 40-35, but should have learned some real boxing lessons in the ring against Williams.

Wilson (l) loses a split decision to Henson.

Keuntray Henson 2-1 UD4 Rohan Wilson 4-3-1 (2 KO’s)

Jr. Welterweight Keuntray Henson (1-1) would take a split decision against Rohan Wilson 4-2-1 1 KO) in the opening 4 round fight of the evening.

The sell out crowd at The Fitz was Prize Fight Boxing’s 88th consecutive sell out of a casino show. The show will be broadcast in it’s entirety on Saturday night July 31st on Sportsouth as part of Prize Fight’s “Mississippi Fight Night” series. Prize Fight would like to thank all the boxing fans for packing the Fitz once again. They are truly the best fans in the sport today.

Guerrero Captures NABF Middle Crown!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by Champ

Porter Decisions Robinson after Battle!
By: Michael Sheffield, Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com

The DeSoto Civic Center played host to its first nationally televised boxing event with Showdown on Showtime, which featured rising stars and local favorites Fernando Guerrero , Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane taking on their toughest challenges to date against Ishe Smith, Ray and Mike Dallas Jr. on the televised card.

The main event of Showdown on Showtime would prove to be one of the two most entertaining fights of the entire card. Unfortunately, by the time middleweights Fernando Guerrero and Ishe Smith made their way to the ring for their 10 round NABF Middleweight Championship fight, more than half the crowd of 2,700 had already left DeSoto Civic Center, most likely due to the fact the main event begn around the eleventh hour.

The fans that remained were treated to a methodical and skillful performance from Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs), who would start the fight slowly and gradually employ the power and speed he’s known for in Mississippi boxing circles. However, Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) would put forth his best effort and end up making the fight a lot closer than the end result would have the casual fan believe.

Both fighters started the 1st and 2nd rounds feeling each other out before Guerrero would open up his tool box in the 3rd. Smith would openly complain in the 3rd round about Guerrero throwing low blows, despite landing a few questionable shots himself.

However, Smith would open up his own array of skills in the later rounds, backing up Guerrero on occasion and landing a quick, flush jab that would knock Guerrero down, ever so briefly, but for the first time in his career to close the 8th round.

Smith would sense opportunities in the 9th and 10th round, arguably winning one, if not both rounds before losing a unanimous decision 96-93, 95-93, 97-91.

Welterweights Shawn Porter (15-0, 12 KOs) and Ray Robinson (11-1, 4 KOs) would be
responsible for the most entertaining fight of the night with both fighters trading hard, fierce shots in their 10 round bout.

Robinson, who easily a height advantage of at least six inches on Porter, couldn’t utilize that advantage to prevent Porter from constantly invading the inside and landing hard head and body combinations over the course of the first five and a half rounds, before knocking Robinson down in the 6th round. Robinson would beat referee Randy Phillips’ count and survive the round. He would then literally run during the entire 7th round to regain his wits.

Robinson would finish the fight with just enough activity to keep Porter honest, but the outcome of the fight was never in doubt. Porter would take a unanimous decision, 99-89, 97-92, 98-91.

Junior Welterweights Lanard Lane (12-0) and Mike Dallas Jr. would also go the distance in an 8 round match up that was short on action until the later rounds.

Dallas would do enough early to maintain a lead on the scorecards, which led Lane to turn up the heat in the final two rounds, but it would be too late, as Dallas would win a unanimous decision, 78-74 on all three judges’ scorecards.

The first (and best) and preliminary bought of the night would feature promising middleweight Dennis Douglin (9-0 5 KOs) taking on journeyman Marteze Logan (26-43 2 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round contest.

Douglin would impress early, cutting off the ring and dominating the first two rounds, while the always-tough Logan would rely on his defense and chin before it became obvious Douglin was the more skilled fighter.

After opening the 3rd round with a right jab that sent Logan into the ropes, Douglin would move in to finish his opponent, but couldn’t pull it off. Logan would actually end the round with an impressive flurry that may have scored points, but didn’t hurt Douglin.

The next two rounds would feature Logan taunting Douglin by lowering his hands and
offering up his chin. He would also resort to turning his back on Douglin, which appeared to frustrate referee Randy Phillips. Early in the 5th round, Phillips stopped the fight, appearantly not seeing enough from Logan, and award Douglin a TKO within the first 46 seconds of
the round.

Junior Middleweight Bobby Bryant (4-0, 3 KOs) would continue his string of impressive performances against Andrew Hartley (2-16, 2KOs), who would have been better off anywhere but in the same ring as Bryant. Bryant, who always puts on a technical and powerful fight eliminated Hartley within the first 1:39 of the first round, knocking him down with a left hook before finishing Hartley by TKO in his own corner with a series of combinations that left his opponent seated on the ropes in the corner.

The evening’s next bout featured Memphis Jr. Welterweight Marlon Lewis (3-1) against John Willoughby (1-3, 1 KO) in a 4-round fight that would go the distance and provide the first surprise of the evening.

While Lewis has been able to pad his record with two unimpressive decisions against Chris Gray, Willoughby would not only prove to be a tough out, but would come alive in the final three rounds to dominate the soft-punching and poorly conditioned Lewis.

Willoughby would win over the crowd mid-way through the 3rd round by punishing Lewis against the ropes and almost knocking him down before the bell ended the round.

The 4th round would be more of the same, with Willoughby winning the round, despite wearing himself out. However, the judges had seen enough to award him a unanimous decision (37-39 on all three judges’ scorecards).

The remaining preliminary bouts would feature professional debuts from two heavyweights that showcased skills better fit for a tough man competition. Heavyweights Curtis Tate and Jonathan Perry needed little skill to score immediate knockouts of their opponents, Jason Harbin and Ozell Caldwell, respectively.

Brawler Dedrick Bell (1-2, 1 KO), would employ his wild tactics to dispatch Tim Reynolds (0-3) immediately in a bout that actually took less time than Bell’s entrance.

V3 Fights Crown Mid-South Champions!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, MMA, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by Champ

By: Michael Sheffield @ Ringside

A sweltering June night in Memphis was made even hotter by the action in the cage on Saturday night during V3 Fight’s FedExForum debut that featured three championship bouts and an 11-fight card featuring the top local professional MMA fighters.

V3 would crown its first-ever champions in the light heavyweight, lightweight and bantamweight divisions, with two of the bouts not getting out of the 1st round.

Lightweight Tripp Carter would score the most devastating (and
scariest) knockout of the night with a one punch decimation of Steven
Cornelius.

The undefeated Carter would finish the fight in 8 seconds with a right hand that Cornelius and most of the crowd didn’t see coming. Cornelius would hit the ground face first and Carter would land a second right to his prone opponent before referee Dave Ferguson could stop the fight.

Cornelius would be out cold for at least 3 minutes before paramedics would remove him from the ring in a neck brace as a precaution.

Light heavyweight Carlton Little would produce the most action packed first round of the night, starting with his entrance, which featured Memphis rapper Playa Fly, who would then vocally support the fighter to a victory against the undefeated Jaden Booth in a 5-round light
heavyweight bout.

Little, who came into the fight with a record of 6-3, would go on the offensive immediately, power-slamming Booth and nearly locking in a rear naked choke. however, Booth would reverse it and nearly knock in one of his own. However, two takedowns and a powerful ground and pound later, Little would score a technical knockout over his dazed opponent at 2:38 of the first round.

After being crowned the first V3 light heavyweight champion, Little let the crowd know what type of champion he would be. “ I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me,” he said in the cage
after the fight.

The theme of a fighting champion would continue in the main event, a 5- round bantamweight title fight between Cody Lane and Brian Hall. Hall would dominate the fight early and often, scoring multiple takedowns over the course of 3 of the scheduled 5 rounds. Lane would
begin the 3rd round as the aggressor, attempting to lock in his own guillotine choke, but failing to lock his opponent up for good. The fighters would trade holds and grapple to a near stalemate throughout the round. However, at the end of the round, a visibly spent and
frustrated Lane would throw his mouthpiece into the crowd, either as a mistaken sign of elation for finishing the fight, or as a gesture of concession.

During the between round intermission, neither Lane’s corner nor the referee could convince him to continue, resulting in Hall being named the winner by TKO.

After the fight, the soft-spoken Hall was adamant who he wanted his next opponent to be, rising local MMA star Thomas Vasquez, who would make his way to the cage to accept the challenge.

The end of the main event wasn’t a shock, as two preliminary bouts had controversial endings of their own.

Lightweights Ronnie Sharp and Adam Denton would end an entertaining fight with a no-decision, after Round 1 when Sharp would absorb a series of kicks and knees to the midsection and face. It would be a knee to the nose that resulted in the initial stoppage. Despite Sharp
being unable to continue because of a legal blow, the fight would be called a no-decision, much to the chagrin of the sellout crowd. With both fighters entering the fight at 1-0, neither would lose their 0 on this night.

Phillip Price (2-1) and Jimmy White (2-0) would meet at a catchweight of 160, with White playing up the intimidation factor from the moment he stepped into the cage. White would counter everything Price would do for the first round and his aggression would result in another
strange stoppage, after Price complained of being poked in the eye. The fight would be stopped at 40 seconds of the second round, with White winning by TKO.

Muay Thai fighters Derek Jackson and. Marcus Jones would make their pro debuts at a catchweight 140. The fight would go the distance, and both fighters, after a first round filled with nervous energy, would settle in for a rousing start to the night. Jones would win by
unanimous decision.

Light heavyweight Jamie Houston (2-1) would TKO Matt Hill (0-2) in 1:32 of the first round.

Middleweight Patrick Burkett would make an impressive debut against Lenny Edgar at a catchweight of 145 pounds, winning by unanimous decision.

Welterweight Travis Robertson (6-3) would reverse a first round where he was dominated by Jess Brown and score a victory. Robertson, who was immediately taken down by Brown in the first round, would begin the second round with a right hand that would drop his opponent. Robertson would move in for the kill and TKO Brown 40 seconds into the second round.

Robertson gave credit to his opponent after the fight, calling him “a bad a– fighter.” However, he would also promise great things from here on out.

Bantamweights Jessie Parker and Miles Brown would put on an entertaining fight for the 2 minutes it would last, however, their display of sportsmanship and fun after Parker won by arm-bar tap-out would outlast and be more entertaining than the fight itself.

Brown would hoist Parker on his shoulders and parade him around the ring after the fight. Both fighters would leave the crowd excited for the next fight.

Crowd favorite Chantein Wasion (2-1) would bounce back from a loss in his previous fight by dominating Daniel Deossio (2-2) in a lightweight fight.

Wasion would look to end the fight with a rear naked choke early, almost lock in a guillotine choke and finally finish Deossio with a locked in rear naked choke.

Fights at the Fitz Report!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by Champ

By Michael Shefield @ ringside

Prize Fight Boxing’s Fights at the Fitz series returned Saturday night, with a national audience tuning in on SportSouth for “Mississippi Fight Night.”

The five-fight card ran the gamut from Jr. welterweights to heavyweights, with heavyweights Adam Kownacki (2-0, 2 KOs) and Yohan “The Bodysnatcher” Banks (3-3, 1 KO) putting on the most entertaining fight of the night in a 4-round battle.

The Polish Kownacki, fighting out of Brooklyn, brought a sizable and vocal cheering section with him and he wouldn’t disappoint the fans. Banks would give it his best shot for the first two rounds before he ended up on the receiving end with Kownacki punishing his midsection in the third round. Banks would survive the round and Kownacki would pick up where he left off immediately in the 4th round.

After a standing 8-count from referee Randy Phillips, Kownacki would end the fight with a knockout at 1:11 of the 4th round.

In the main event, Jr. Middleweight Shawn Porter (16-0, 16 KOs) would need 4 of the scheduled 8 rounds to pick apart Bobby Kliewer (10-10 6 KOs), who had 6-inches on his opponent.

Porter was clearly quicker and more skilled than Kliewer, who would attempt to lean on him to slow his momentum. Porter eventually was able to neutralize Kliewer and would stun him at the end of the 4th round, before quickly eliminating Kliewer at 1:08 in the 8th round by TKO.

Marlon Lewis (2-1, 1 KO) and Chris Gray (1-1 1 KO) would renew hostilities from an underwhelming April bout at the New Daisy with another underwhelming opening bout. Gray, who was visibly tired at the end of the first round of the previous fight, actually put up more of a fight this time around, catching Lewis with hard hooks and jabs throughout the fight before tiring in the 4th round.

However, as has been his MO during his 3-fight career, Lewis couldn’t finish his opponent, but did enough to win a unanimous decision 39-35, 40-34 39-35.

Welterweight Rodney Coffman would notch his first victory against Lewis Crews (0-2), scoring a TKO in 55 seconds of the second round.

Both fighters would trade hard and wild shots throughout the first round with Coffman getting the better of his opponent as the round went on

Light heavyweight Donta “The Dream” Woods (6-0, 5 KOs) would score a TKO at 2:27 of the second round against Roy “The Destroyer” Ashworth (5-8 2 KOs) and

Middleweight Dominic “The Blade” Wade (6-0 5 KOs) would take a unanimous decision (40-35, 40-35, 40-33) against Michael Faulk (2-0)

Thompson TKO’s Beck, By Michael Sheffield

Posted in Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Champ

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.
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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.

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