JD Meredith and Tim Kellum at ringside
Saturday night, Prize Fight Boxing put on an early Thanksgiving boxing card at Fitzgerald’s Casino – Tunica, for a jubilant sell out crowd. The card was not billed with a Thanksgiving theme but for fight fans it truly was a card to be thankful for.
Fights at the Fitz are always entertaining and enjoyable but Prize Fight went above and beyond Saturday night by opening up their stable and leading out two young studs that will one day stand at the starting gates for a shot at the triple crown of their divisions. Those studs, Anthony and Lamont Peterson, where brought in for what was is most likely their last appearances in a small venue such as the Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s.
The Petersons weren’t the only class acts on the card. DeAndre Abron battled Kippy Warren. Unbeaten, “Mr Showtime” Ira Terry faced Richard Dinkins and rounding out the card was Josiah Judah, younger brother to Zab “Super” Judah who sqaured off with Rodney Freeman.
Ann Wolfe was originally slated to fight Valarie Mafood, from who she resceived her sole defeat, but pulled out of the fight for reasons unknown.
Prior to the beginning of the first bout a ten count and moment of silence was extended to the memory of the late Hearn Marler. Hearn, who had fought at Fitzgerld’s, was recently killed in an automobile accident. (continued below)
Anthony Peterson vs Alfred Kotey
NABO Lightweight Champ and WBO #3 Lightweight Contender Anthony Peterson (136lb – 21-0, 15 ko’s) needed only his jab to work his way around former champ Alfred Kotey (135lb – 24-14-1, 14 ko’s). Persistent jabs in Kotey’s face kept him on the defensive for most of the fight with the exception of the a short bursts in round four and eight. Peterson dominated the fight but Kotey tried to work in his jab did manage to connect with a few of solid punches.
In round seven Peterson noticably let his hands go until Kotey’s jab began to connect.
Peterson then reeled it back in and continued to control the fight with the jab.
Kotey never seemed frustrated or hurt in the fight but did appear to be amazed at Peterson’s handywork.
After eight, all three judges scored the bout 80-72 for Peterson.
Lamont Peterson vs. Marteze Logan
NABF Light Welter Champ Lamont Peterson (141lb – 19-0, 7 ko’s) put his arsenal on display when he met up with local journeyman Marteze “Too Sweet” Logan (140lb – 24-26-2, 6 ko’s). Mixing jabs with combos, Peterson distributed punches evenly between Logan’s head and body.
Logan, is an agressive fighter who has been known to topple fighters in their prime. He is smart and elusive. Peterson took on his challenge and met it with skill and maturity, fighting within his limits and staying in control.
There were many great exchanges during this fight. Logan was able to land on occassion but Peterson landed his trademark left upper cuts and displyed his spectacular footwork by slipping and moving in a Matrix-like fashion. Peterson escaped the fight virtually unscathed.
After eight judges scored the bout 79-73 | 80-72 | 80-72 for Peterson.
At the break of the first round, Logan’s corner called referee Randy Phillips over to check a substance on what appeared to be Logan’s head. Phillips checked Peterson’s gloves and reported back to Logan’s camp without apparent incident.
DeAndre Abron vs. Kippy Warren
DeAndre Abron punctiated his eleventh victory with a frightening third round KO of fellow light heavyweight Kippy Warren. In a fight that was tilting in Warren’s favor, Abron was steadily beaten to the punch. Warren’s busy jab was in Abron’s face until 2:06 of round three when Abron delievered a brutal straight right to Warren’s head. Warren hit the canvas and immediately the fight was waved off. Warren’s head hit hard on the canvas when he fell which compounded the knockout blow. He was down quite some time and then medically assisted out of the ring. It certainly seemed Warren was frustrating Abron until the KO, however, Abron was able to bull his way to a win with pure power.
Ira Terry vs Richard Dinkins
Jr. Lightweight Ira Terry put the heat on Richard Dinkins. With vicious body work and heavy hands Terry pounded away at Dinkins. In round two Terry’s power dropped Dinkins to the canvas, forced the referree to give Dinkins a standing eight count then sent Dinkins to the canvas a second time. After the second knockdown Dinkins answered the referee on the count of eight and just as teh fight resumed, unbeknownst to Dinkins, his corner threw in the towel. The fight came to a merciful hault at 2:35 in the 2nd round. Dinkins was a gritty, determined fighter, but nevertheless, failed to deter Terry who cruises to 11-0 with 8 TKOS.
Josiah “Gorilla” Judah vs Anthony Bowman
Josiah “Gorilla” Judah, younger brother of Zab “Super” Judah fought at very tenative and hesitant bout against a game Anthony Bowman. Judah would not let his hands go and seemed to ease his way up to Bowman as if he were slowly looking around a corner. Judah’s corner asked him to stay with his jab. When Judah did connect he would back away to admire his work. During the many clinches that were seen Bowman would punch Judah in the back of the head. In round five Bowman had a point deducted for holding and punching. Judah didn’t look comfortable in this bout and Bowman landed the harder shots in this match. After six rounds Judges ruled unanimously for Judah, however Bowman appeared to be the crowd favorite after the fight. Scores were 58-56 | 59-54 | 59-54.