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Rowland Conquers Again in Grand Rapids!

By Pat Nichols at ringside

Troy Rowland (12-1, 4 KOs) further entrenched himself as a local hero to his faithful Grand Rapids throng Friday night at the DeltaPlex. In the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout, Rowland scored a TKO over the resolute but overmatched Greg Beerman (5-2, 1KO) of Covington, KY. The former Golden Glove champion has become a constant headliner at the DeltaPlex, and left his fans eager for his upcoming showdown with Frankie Randall on July 12th.

Not known for his devastating power, Rowland repeatedly used a looping right hand that never seemed to miss the mark to set up the “punches in bunches” that promoter Gerald Evans promised before the fight. “That looping right caught him a couple times and I knew if I could shorten it up I could keep landing it,” the victor noted.

The fight opened with both combatants eager to trade combinations, but by the third round, the cumulative effect of Rowland’s proficiency had taken its toll. Before the bell ending that round, Beerman was clearly in trouble and the crowd had reached a fever pitch. Throughout the fourth, Beerman seemed content to hang on as Rowland’s hand speed slowed the Kentuckian’s aggression.

After enduring more punishment in the fifth, the bloodied Beerman had had enough, prompting his corner to throw in the towel. FightNews had a chance to catch up with Rowland after the fight to discuss his most recent success.

“I’ve been working on my uppercuts quite a bit and was landing them real good tonight. This was one of my top performances. I had him hurt a couple times but I didn’t think he was ready to quit so I decided to fight a smart fight.”

In a featured undercard bout, former Grand Rapids amateur standout Ramon Guevara improved to 2-0 (2 KOs), flooring Jamal Khan at 2:15 of the first stanza. Khan, who made his debut Friday night, may want to rethink lacing up the gloves again.

Donna Mancuso (1-0) of Toronto, by way of Grand Rapids, made her impressive professional debut against a durable Nicole Beard (1-4) of San Francisco.

Darryl Cunningham (2-1, 1 KO) of Detroit suffered his first defeat at the hands of Anthony Russell (3-0, 1 KO) of Los Angeles in a four round unanimously decided bout. Thomas Hayes (4-1, 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over veteran opponent David Cherry (6-21, 5 KOs). Reggie Nash fell to 4-3 at that hands of Alfred Hall (1-0-1) of Jackson, MI. In a stunning change of events, Jackie Beard (5-3, 3KOs) of Flint scored a devastating knockout in the third round after enduring two standing eight counts himself in round two. Karl Hunter (0-4) failed once again to break into the win column in his fourth attempt against local pugilist Harold Cutts (3-1).