A GREAT NIGHT FOR BOXING IN SOUTH CAROLINA!!!
June 27, 2006
boxing scene got a much needed shot in the arm tonight at The Jamil
Shrine Temple in Columbia, S.C. As S.C. based Promoter Andrew
Stokes and company at Palmetto Boxing with the help of boxing
magnate Billy Stanick, put on an excellent professional fight card
with over a 1000 in attendance entitled Summer Showdown, with the
added attraction of many top-ranked fighters in attendance.
Including: WBA 154lb CHAMP Travis Simms, Current WBO WELTERWEIGHT
CHAMP Paul Williams (Fresh off his big win on HBO AFTER DARK), THE
REAL IBA CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION local hero SHELBY GROSS, Current IBA
Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Berry Butler, and more.
Championship Trainers in action such as: Dominic Robinson-Neal,
Nirmal Lorick (Luis Collazo's Trainer), Coach Selwyn Doughty, and
George Peterson(Paul Williams) among others. And there were plenty
of characters from the southern circuit as well! There was an
amazing number of fights 12 in all. VERY competitive matchups for
the most part, with many hard fought distance fights and some upsets
along the way.
The Southern boxing circuit has needed a jumpstart lately and I
think they are off to a good start here! In the opening bout of
the evening York, S.C.'s Josh Green used his size and power to
control his limited but game opponent for a (4 round dec. win) in
his debut. He was virtually untouched and appeared to possibly carry
his opponent to gain valuable experience. He fought a very
intelligent fight and has definite potential. Light heavyweight
Robert Dunton from Palmetto Boxing won by exciting KO, seizing his
opportunity in the 1st round against a fairly solid opponent, with
(I believe) a big right hand that sent his man flying into and
through the ropes where he was counted out!! His vocal fans appeared
to have added to his confidence and energy level.
While he showed
great power and explosiveness, he needs to continue his commitment
to the basics due to his lack of amateur experience. But that is the
way to start your pro career! Robert, who has been working hard in
the gym during the last year has improved greatly in a short time
with Coach Dominic. ( If you want to get in shape, and I mean top
shape, Dominic is your man.) Contact me to get his information or
contact Palmetto Boxing and Fitness (803-691-4761).
Boxing fighter in his pro debut, Kenrick "KO" Watkins looked very
controlled and professional tonight in winning a 4 Round Decision.
With a tight defense and good power shots he used a balanced attack
to weaken his opponent, who came to fight and withstood Watkin's
heavy shots. While I would have liked to see more left hooks to the
body from "KO", he understandably didn't want to take any
unnecessary chances against his shorter opponent. Kenrick had his
man going a few times but tired a little in the end. Overall a good
solid win in a professional debut for another crowd favorite.
In the upset
tonight Columbia's Steve Sawyer was in tough with Allen Prescott.
Sawyer came out strong but appeared to tire from a busy pace and
unexplained fatigue but showed a tremendous amount of heart and
will in nearly pulling out a close decision. He suffered a
knockdown, while he fought his heart out in a back and forth battle
that had the crowd ON THEIR FEET CHEERING!! With Prescott winning
the decision in 4 Rounds due to the final round knockdown. Steve
should have no shame in a gallant effort and all credit to his
opponent Prescott (who reportedly suffered a broken jaw).
female amateur standout Karla Sweat-Mazone got her professional
career off and running with an intimidating and aggressive start,
which had her opponent quickly rethinking a career in boxing.
(TKO-1) for Karla. Look for more exiting things from Karla in the
future as she looks to make her mark in the world of women’s
Brothers out of White Rock Boxing Gym, looked to get back on the
winning track after short notice losses on a Winky Wright promoted
card down in Florida. Marcus and Johnny both got wins in their
fights and showed developing skills despite having to fight late in
the night, as the card was full of fights!
Overall a smooth
night of boxing with no serious injuries, beyond a busted eardrum
suffered by Steve Sawyer's opponent Allen Prescott. BIG BOXING
NEWS on this night was the RETURN of Jaidon Codrington, a NEW YORK
fighter on the comeback trail after a devastating KO defeat in his
first loss after a 9-0 9ko's start to his career. He showed no
visible effects from the loss to Allan Green 20-0. He showed
patience and solid offense as he landed heavy shots on Hickory
N.C.'s road warrior Tough Robert Marsh, a real character on the
boxing scene. Robert will fight any time, anywhere, and against
anybody! (From 168-200lbs) He hung tough and gave a gutsy
performance and landed the occasional sneaky shot including a solid
right hand that appeared to wobble Codrington a bit.
would not stand up to Jaidon's shots and Marsh gets high marks in
going the distance, which NO ONE has done with the well-regarded
prospect Codrington. (MORE FIGHT REVIEWS TO COME FROM THE REST OF
THE FIGHT CARD. A solid night of fights with a diverse crowd in the
high hundreds at least (official numbers to follow). Andrew Stokes
has shown that southern boxing can be presented in big time style
and the knowledgeable boxing fans will tell you that there were some
of the top names in the sport in attendance, and possible FUTURE
STARS from right here in SC! Even some of the young amateur stars
were on hand to give demonstrations including SC youth boxers,
De'Andre Robinson-Neal, Timothy Hunter and Touree Stokes!! If
tonight was any indication of things to come, I'm looking forward
to Palmetto Boxing's future promotions! Great job fellas....and
P.S. One notable
character at the fights was Trainer/Fighter Danny Wofford, who was
working the corner for several fighters and they all put in solid
showings. Check out Danny's record at Boxrec.com as it contains
fights with a who's who of the Heavyweight division over the last 15
years, albeit most of them decision losses. Meeting this guy was a
treat for me because, like Robert Marsh, he is the kind of fighter
that boxing forgets but needs, to test the skills of the many young
prospects they have faced through the years. My hat goes off to
these guys, and as I said to Danny: "Somebody had to do it" to which
he laughed......And the same goes for Andrew Stokes and team who are
making an honest attempt at taking South
Carolina Boxing into the 21st Century!