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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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ESPN Fights Tonight at New Daisy!

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

By Nate Yoder

MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to historic Beale Street tonight!

Heavyweights headline the night in a clash of former World Title challengers in the 10 round Main Event as Washington D.C.’s Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) goes toe-to-toe with Nashville, TN’s Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s).

The co-feature of the night is a rare match up of young undefeated prospects. Tyrese Hendrix 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) and Henry Lundy 17-0-1 (10 KO’s) will put it all on the line as they meet for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title.

The six bout card will be rounded off by four extremely well matched bouts. Houston, TX’s Lanard Lane 11-0 (7 KO’s) meets grizzled veteran John Brown 24-17-2 (11 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout. Also, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. 8-0 (5 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, MD puts his undefeated record on the line against the always tough Carlos Diaz of Dorado, Puerto Rico in a 6 round Featherweight match up. Further, Taureano Johnson 1-0 (1 KO), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Team, will do battle with Ryan Bianchini in a 4 round Middleweight clash. In addition, on the card is Memphis, TN’s Marlon Lewis 1-1 (1 KO) boxing Chris Gray 1-0 (1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for this tremendous night of live boxing and the first bout will start at 7:00 PM. The ESPN television broadcast will begin at 8:00 PM. All tickets are priced unbelievably low at $15 and seating is first come first serve.

To purchase tickets call The New Daisy Theatre at (901) 486-2385.

ESPN Friday Night Fights at the New Daisy!

Posted in 2010, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by Champ

By Nate Yoder

MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN Friday Night Fights will return to historic Beale Street for the 4th year in a row as Prize Fight will promote a power packed six bout card from The New Daisy Theatre. Heavyweights headline the night in a clash of former World Title challengers in the 10 round Main Event as Washington D.C.’s Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) goes toe-to-toe with Nashville, TN’s Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s). The 6’5″ southpaw Thompson is coming off an impressive 9th round stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon and looks to get himself back in line for another shot at the World Title. Thompson recently fought for a World Title as he lost on an 11th round TKO to Wladimir Klitschko in July of 2008. Conversely, Owen Beck is 4-1(2 KO’s) since his World Title loss to Nikolay Valuev and knows a win over Thompson will surely get him close to another World Title shot.

The co-feature of the night is a rare match up of young undefeated prospects. Tyrese Hendrix 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) and Henry Lundy 17-0-1 (10 KO’s) will put it all on the line as they meet for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title. The Atlanta native and southpaw Hendrix is no stranger to the Memphis boxing fans as he has fought his last three bouts at The Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS. Lundy, from the historic fight town of Philadelphia, is coming off of a tough 10 round split decision win this past January. The winner of this fight will catapult themselves as a boxer to be reckoned with in the lightweight division as well as receiving a top fifteen world ranking.

The six bout card will be rounded off by four extremely well matched bouts. Houston, TX’s Lanard Lane 11-0 (7 KO’s) meets grizzled veteran John Brown 24-17-2 (11 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout. Also, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. 8-0 (5 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, MD puts his undefeated record on the line against the always tough Carlos Diaz of Dorado, Puerto Rico in a 6 round Featherweight match up. Further, Taureano Johnson 1-0 (1 KO), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Team, will do battle with Ryan Bianchini in a 4 round Middleweight clash. In addition, on the card is Memphis, TN’s Marlon Lewis 1-1 (1 KO) boxing Chris Gray 1-0 (1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight bout.

Doors open at 6:00 PM for this tremendous night of live boxing and the first bout will start at 7:00 PM. The ESPN television broadcast will begin at 8:00 PM. All tickets are priced unbelievably low at $15 and seating is first come first serve.

For more information on April 16th’s ESPN Friday Night Fights or to set up boxer interviews please call Nate Yoder at (618) 979-6735. To purchase tickets call The New Daisy Theatre at (901) 486-2385.

Full Report From “Fights at the Fitz”

Posted in 2006, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2006 by Champ

Saturday night, Fitgerald’s Casino, Tunica, and Prize Fight Boxing put on an entertaining and explosive evening of boxing. The sold out show represented Prize Fight Boxing’s fiftieth consecutive casino sell out.

Bryant (13-0, 9 ko’s – 167) vs Billy Thompson (8-6, 3 ko’s – 171)
An electrified crowd cheered wildly during the main event which pitted unbeaten super middleweight beast, Rowland Bryant, against the tough Billy Thompson. Bryant entered the ring and brought his guns, speaking of his arms off course, with their impressive reach and serious size. In the opening rounds Bryant threw powerful bombs that exploded on the chin of Thompson. Bryant’s clubbing punches seemed to make audible sounds as they traveled in left-right-left combinations. All the while Thompson took these punches in stride until the end of the third when a Bryant punch sent him scrambling to the canvas. At this point, the fight changed. After Thompson made the count, he landed some of his most impressive punches of the early rounds. In the forth, Thompson peppered Bryant with four unanswered jabs and then added a straight right hand to Bryant’s cheek. Rowland moved away from the power punches and utilized the jab as well. Bryant, late in the forth, threw a jostling combo that consisted of a straight right hand up top, followed by a left to the body, a right to the body and finished with a right to the head. In the fifth Rowland got caught coming inside and was met by a stiff Thompson jab. Bryant returned fire and caught Thompson with a hard right hand which Thompson walked through and countered. In the sixth and final round it was as if Bryant’s destructive punches raised a preverbal cloud of smoke which encapsulated his opponent. Once the smoke cleared, Thompson still stood holding his own. Bryant went on to win their bout by a unanimous decision, however, Thompson, fought hard and deserved applause. Final scores were 60-53 | 59-54 | 60-53.

Rubio (5-2, 4 ko’s – 133) vs Paz (2-4, 2 ko’s – 131.5)
The featured bout of the evening showcased the rematch of super feather Rudy Paz and Jose “Pepe” Rubio. The last bout was a barn burner as Paz stunned Rubio with a final round, seconds out, knockout.

The rematch was war of wills and consisted of 12 minutes of brawling from bell to bell.

Rubio started strong, moving forward and landing punches through Paz’s defense. The middle rounds were difficult to score with both fighters throwing and connecting. Rubio landed first in the fourth round but Paz largely controlled the round. Rubio appeared hurt after Paz landed a series sold right hands and left hooks that drew blood from the nose. Rubio, found himself cornered against the ropes but eventually managed to stave off another knockout loss in the final round. The fight went to the judges. Scores were 39-37 for Rubio and 38-38 | 38-38. For a majority draw. It seems that a trilogy is in order.

Terry (9-0, 6 ko’s – 137) vs Regular (6-24, 3 ko’s – 143)
Ira Terry, newly signed to the Prize Fight stable, wasn’t in the most appealing fight verses veteran jr. welter, Chris Regular. Terry stalked the southpaw-to-conventional morphing Regular with power punches only to find himself being held more frequently than being punched. After a wild first round, Regular appeared to sustain a cut above the right eye at the bridge of the nose. Regular was also warned for hitting during the break by Referee Mike Taylor. Regular was deducted a point in the fourth round for repeated holding. In the sixth and final round Terry rocked Regular with a jab right hand that dizzied the veteran. Regular’s corner, sensing that their fighter was in danger, threw in the towel. He was never in the fight. Official time was 1:29.

Godfrey (3-0, 3 ko’s – 205) vs Hunt (11-16, 4 ko’s – 202)
East St. Louis’ Joell Godfrey TKO’d fellow heavyweight Marvin Hunt in the first stanza. Hunt was down three times and upon the third knock down referee Randy Phillips waived the fight off. Official time was 2:15.

Bobo (14-0, 2 ko’s – 130) vs Ponce (11-27, 7 ko’s –130.7)
Quick handed featherweight Leon Bobo battled eight rounds with Natalio Ponce in the first bout of the evening. Bobo threw his entire arsenal at Ponce, who absorbed the punches well. In rounds three and four time was called to reinsert Ponce’s mouth piece. In the final round things almost got out of hand when the fighters got tangled and Ponce leaned heavily on the off-balanced Bobo. After being separated, it appeared that Ponce raised a hand in an attempt to make good on his action and Bobo threw a sold right hand that landed flush on Ponce’s chin. Bobo won this bout, against an overmatched Ponce, by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 80-69. Ponce was never down in the fight but did receive two standing eight counts.

“Showdown at the Shamrock” – Fitzgerald’s – Tunica, MS

Posted in 2005, Boxing News, Press Releases, Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2005 by Champ

JD Meredith at ringside – MemphisBoxing.com Photos Now Online
Fight fans and were filled with excitement and food Saturday night in the Ballroom of Fitzgerald’s Casino, in Tunica, MS. There fight fans enjoyed complementary food as they watched six action packed fights. Ivan Hernandez, along with Lamont and Anthony Peterson, were a few of the faces in the near capacity crowd. undefeated prospect Adam Hubinger (169 lbs.) banged out an eight round unanimous decision over Billy Thompson (168 lbs.) in the super middleweight main event.

Round’s one through five were much the same. Fighting at close range Hubinger pressed the action and moved forward. Thompson consistently found himself, back against the ropes, trying to defend. As orders came in from his corner, Hubinger would act them out as requested. Hubinger mixed things up with his creative punching ability. One-two combinations followed by blazing uppercuts, were thrown with grace but no mercy. The left eye of Thompson was swelling from Hubinger’s assaults….continued

Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino (7/23) undefeated Light Heavyweight Adam Hubinger (10-0, 10 KO’s) . Hubinger faces Billy Thompson (7-2, 3 KO’s) the main event. Also on the card Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino (7/23) is Southaven, MS’s, Cristy Nickel (7-2, 4 KO’s). Nickel faces an opponent to be announced.

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