Dynamic duels provide thrills in Detroit!
Gerald Evans and 1World Productions continued their successful ways tonight
by kicking off their "Dynamic Duels" featherweight tournament, however
in the main event, the broken wrist of Waterford, MI’s Pete Cantu spoiled what
was heating up to be a sensational fight. Cantu, now 4-3 (3), and opponent
Robert Hayes, 4-2 (2), sent the crowd into hysterics as they traded dirty
tactics and heavy bombs for two fantastic rounds. To the disappointment of
everyone, at the start of the third, Cantu stayed on his stool and made St.
Louis’ Hayes the winner by TKO.
This wild and wooly fight featured extended "hockey fight" salvos
by Cantu where he would hold Hayes’ head down with one glove and beat him
silly with the other. In return, Hayes picked Cantu off the ground and
threatened to slam him like a wrestler. Both featherweights had their moments,
but it wasn’t difficult to see the fight ending injury coming. Cantu was
swinging wildly and putting his entire body behind his power shots and they were
impacting quite visibly on the granite forehead of the super tough Hayes;
something had to give and it was the wrist of the popular Michigander.
Promoter Gerald Evans said that as soon as Cantu heals, a rematch will be
Before the start of the main event, a ten-count tribute was given to fallen
heavyweight Rickey Womack, who died a week earlier. His widow, Angela, made the
trek to Club International to see her husband honored. "This might be the
only thing done for Rickey, so I had to be here," she said while wiping
away her tears.
the first of Gerald Evans’ "Dynamic Featherweight Duals," Dan
Bostic, St Louis, MO came into his showdown with Ypsilanti’s Chico Crout as a
late substitute. When it was over, half the fans were sure he was crazy; the
other half thought he could hear music no one else could hear. They all were
sure he won and they were right. Bostic shucked, jived and did the funky chicken
on his way to a unanimous decision win over the local favorite Crout. With each
passing round, Crout’s mouthpiece hung out a little further with fatigue,
while Bostic’s confidence grew. Bostic was turning his head to answer
questions from his corner. He was feigning being hurt ala Muhammad Ali. He was
doing a cute little two-step move that isn’t easy. He’s quite a dancer.
Crout, now 10-5 (6), should probably hang em’ up. Bostic, 8-6 (3), will
hopefully be back to Motown for another performance.
Lightweight Don Talley, 6-1 (4), of Detroit made quick work of Tennessee’s
Chris Buford by stopping him in the first round. It was all Talley until
Buford’s corner rescued their man with the towel, he was down once. Talley is
another in a long list of Motown prospects that are approaching the time to
begin stepping up the comp. He looked very good and ready to do so tonight.
"All" Toby Taylor, 1-2, of Chicago, IL came to fight tonight
against popular Ken Clark, 5-2 (2), of Taylor, MI. Clark is the first of a
growing number of members of the wonder twin stable trained by Keith Lee and
Chad Wigle. His educated style allowed him to overcome the gameness of Taylor.
Final scores of 39-37 twice for Clark overcame a 38-38-draw vote. Clark is a
formerly portly fellow, who is still outsized by most of his foes. The skills he
is developing under the Wonder Twins carries him over all but the strongest
opponents, but he still needs to drop the last twenty pounds of his old life.
The kid can fight. Toby Taylor is very tough and was disappointed with the
In a very entertaining female scrap, Michelle Gilbert’s professional debut
was spoiled by the busy hands of "Awesome" Angela Simpson 1-0 (1).
Gilbert, of Flint, MI almost made a quick exit, going down in round one, but
hung on to make the distance and even land some of her own bombs. Simpson,
Detroit, MI has an active, heavy handed style and seemed to bring along plenty
of enthusiastic fans. The final scores were unanimous 40-35. "I felt
confident going in to the fight, but Michelle was using her weight a lot,"
said the cordial Simpson "The hunger I had within was what gave me the
victory." Simpson says that her super middleweight division gives her the
chance to throw down with some of the most famous of women fighters, Ms. Ali,
Ms. Frazier, and Ms. Foreman. "I respect them and I don’t take anything
away from them but they are in my weight class and I wouldn’t turn down
fighting them just because of who they are."
Detroit heavyweight Julius "Towering Inferno" Long scared the crap
out of everyone with a clubbing KO1 over Karriem Respress. Long, 6-1 (6) was
making his return to the ring after suffering his first loss to Leo Nolan at the
"David vs. Goliath" 1World event. Long looks to have gained some
musculature to his massive 7’2 frame. Respress ought to put his boxing shoes
away for life after tonight. He offered very little resistance and when
eventually kayoed, he laid on the canvas for several intense minutes. Message to
Julius Long’s people: the kid could be a good fighter, put him in with some
In the opening fight of the night, featherweight Fred Hawkins, 1-1 (1), of
Detroit pulled his record to even with an impressive, one-punch bodyshot
knockout of Illinois’ Marc Kliora, 0-2. Hawkins and Kliora were engaged in an
entertaining scrap with lots of hard shots either way when a hard left to the
pit of the stomach had Kliora gasping for air on the canvas. Eleven seconds
later, he might have been able to continue.
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