Cannon Blasts Opposition!
Gerald Evans and 1World Productions returned tonight to their customary venue
for another sold out and entertaining night at the fights.
Evans’ insistence on quality has turned Detroit’s Club International
into one of the few boxing places on earth where the fighters on the right side
of the bout sheet have a chance.
In the main event, Team Cannon
knockout artist Rubin Williams, 4-0 (3), continued his undefeated run in the
super middleweight division by scoring a brutal first-round TKO over
“Stormin’” Norman Johnson of Columbus, MS.
Johnson crumbled under the
weight of Williams’ power for the third and final time at 2:15.
The ending sequence was started by another perfect left hook on the point
of the chin by the talented Detroiter and the delayed reaction knockdown it
produced was the main factor in creating two more eight counts and the final
result. Johnson never found his
legs after that first punch and tried bravely, but unsuccessfully to recover
from it in time.
Heavyweight giant killer Leo
“Paco” Nolan showed the diversity of his skills by unanimously decisioning
Willie Driver of St. Petersburg, Florida. Nolan
said later that adjusting to the 5’8 height of Driver was a difficult task
because of all the training he had done before beating 7’2 Julius Long in his
True to his word, Nolan
appeared to have improved his punching power and was able to drop the durable
Driver twice in round three. The
judges scored the fight 60-52 and 60-53 twice.
Nolan is now 10-0 (4) and ready for the next step.
Team Cannon member Tommy
Robinson must have been shaking his head at the end of his welterweight fight.
His opponent, Chris Regular of Wichita, Kansas had to be the worst named
fighter he has ever met. Regular is
anything but regular when it comes to boxing.
Fighting like a PCP addict the
police are having trouble subduing, Regular herked and jerked and managed to
confuse the Detroiter long enough to earn a majority draw over four rounds.
Robinson tried to solve the incredibly high-energy and unpredictable
Regular’s style, but no amateur credentials, or professional sparring could
prepare a fighter to take on the boxing equivalent of a hiccup.
Regular jumps in wildly with his hands down, throws fast combinations,
ties up, falls down, and confuses opponents badly with his sporadic rhythm.
Tommy Robinson is now 2-1-1 (1). Regular
is 3-4-1 (1).
Schoolteacher Kathy Drotos, 4-1
(3), returned to winning form by bludgeoning Stacy Trimble of Richmond, KY.
Trimble had no answer for an opponent like Drotos, who fights out of a
tight shell and throws straight, nicely placed punches.
She remained game throughout the entire fight, but took so many hard
punches her legs began to betray her. By
1:38 of the second, Trimble fell for the third time and was finished.
Crowd favorite Ken Clark, 3-2
(2), of Taylor; Michigan won a unanimous, four-round decision over too-tough
Kolmage Harris, 1-4, of Lansing, Michigan.
As usual, Harris landed heavy blows, but ate up scary amounts of return
fire. Clark is well schooled and
his educated style had Harris down once and nearly out several times.
Clark rebounded with the kind
of dazzling win he needed after losing his last fight in a squeaker.
Harris needs to retire, or be retired by the Michigan Commission, right
now. This is the fourth time Harris
has been in over his head and taking a pounding.
Will someone please save Kolmage from himself before he is walking on his
heels like too many others?
Keith Lee and Chad Wigle have
done an excellent job with Clark. His
defense is excellent and with is proposed drop in weight from light heavyweight
to junior middle, his already good power will be even more effective.
Pontiac, Michigan lightweight
Pete Cantu, 4-2 (4), pulled one out of the fire when he was able to stop
slippery Anthony “Ice Cold” Molson, 1-2 (1), with a single bodyshot in round
three. Fighting out of Grand
Rapids, Michigan, Molson was winning the exchanges with his pesky southpaw style
until the power of Cantu caught up to him.
Cantu can bang and a single shot to the pit of the stomach left Molson
unable to catch his breath within eight seconds, thus necessitating the
technical knockout win.
In the opening fight of the
night, Altor Breaux, 3-0 (1), of Fort Worth, Texas was declared a winner when
Charles “Hitman Hinkle, 2-2, took too many shots and was stopped by the
ringside physician from continuing before round four.
Hinkle, of Flint, MI, fought well against the sharp southpaw Breaux, but
tired badly and began taking the type of headshots boxing no longer allows.
Steve Daher, the Michigan heavyweight, stopped in to say that he is now
being trained by Papa Joe Byrd, father of Chris, and is hoping to be back in
action soon. Daher is a
kill-or-be-killed fighter with a 3-2 (3) record and every fight a knockout,
either way. |
Garza family was well represented tonight.
Not only was referee/judge Frank again doing his splendid job of ring
announcing, but also his youngest daughter served as booty-shaking ring card
girl. Frank is a very funny man
and his snide comments while daughter did her thing were hysterical |
reporter had the pleasure of meeting Michigan State Athletic Inspector Jim
Kuzemka, whose pleasant demeanor was a nice change from the usual
95-year-old man insisting you are in his chair. |
Evans announced he is working on having Marlon Thomas defend his NBA
welterweight title against Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall at his next
show, tentatively scheduled for January |
Lindy Lindell was at his usual ringside perch, tonight he was signing his
new book “Metro Detroit Boxing.” Look
for a full review of the excellent novel on Monday. |