|Boxing Card: Exciting
11-card show at the Radisson
Todd "Jake" Jacobson
"Jake at Ringside"
August 31, 2009
(AUG 31) Palmetto Boxing Promotions
continues to establish itself as a leader in boxing promotions in the
southeast United States by putting on an exciting 11 card show at the
Radisson last night before an enthusiastic crowd. Local favorite Chris
Fitzpatrick, a young 165 pounder, convincingly pounded Torrance King of
Ohio to win a unanimous six round decision. Fitzpatrick displayed a
powerful and well rounded offensive arsenal with no obvious weaknesses.
King utilized a defensive style but Fitzpatrick was able to persuasively
penetrate to repeatedly punish King with combinations, notably using
angles and uppercuts very effectively. An exciting bout indeed. Although
he wasn’t able to get the KO in this six rounder, Fitzpatrick displayed
excellent tools and we are looking forward to watching his career
unfold. We have high hopes for him indeed.
Another exciting bout that had been much anticipated was Jared
Robinson’s pro debut. Robinson, a South Carolina native with a
spectacular amateur career behind him, displayed awesome power and
timing by destroying a weaving Stan Piles of Raleigh in about 10 seconds
into the first round with a devastating left hook right on the button.
This lightning bolt dropped Piles like a ton of bricks and Piles lay
motionless for some minutes while receiving medical attention. After
recovering Piles was able to walk unassisted from the ring. Although
obviously a mismatch, this bout gave us a tantalizing taste of the
potential greatness as a pro that awaits Robinson. The undersigned is
also pleased to have had the opportunity to shake Robinson’s hand after
the bout and I must add that he appears to be a fine young man as well
as a promising, powerful fighter.
A South Carolina fighter making his pro debut was Jonathan Hernandez at
135. He displayed a nice smoothness, nice rhythm and a very nice jab. He
gained punching power and confidence as the fight progressed, and as his
opponent Darryl Watson started to run out of gas, gathering a storm in
the 3rd to garner the TKO. Nice fight. A fighter with some promise. We
look forward to seeing him in future bouts.
A disappointment was the much hyped undefeated local favorite woman
boxer Angel Gladney v Nikita McCargo card, no fault due to Gladney.
Gladney took a quick victory when McCargo refused to come out for the
second round. McCargo didn’t appear hurt and apparently lacked the
stomach to endure further pain from Gladney. Enquiring minds wonder if
the Boxing Commission may withhold McCargo’s purse for lack of effort.
In such a short bout it was impossible for this first time viewer of
Gladney to really offer much insight as to her potential or skills. This
match was perhaps the disappointment of the evening.
Also worthy of note, Schott’s Boxing of Albany New York represented the
great state of New York in very good form last night, bringing down four
fighters all of who gave very solid performances and all whom won their
bouts. A well coached bunch, they were led by Broderick Antoine who
outpointed Andre Baker of Lumberton in an eight round decision. Talking
to their coach later, I was informed that Antoine may have injured his
left hand in the third round and thus had to stick with his right jab
(Antoine is a southpaw). Coaching skills were demonstrated in the fight
matching the New York fighter Stephen Scott v William Armestead with the
very nice movement shown by Scott Armestead was doing the bumrush on
Scott, lunging forward awkwardly. Scott, in his pro debut, was a little
confused by this tactic in the first but after receiving extensive
guidance in the corner between rounds made some nice adjustments in
subsequent rounds, giving nice side to side movement to avoid being tied
up and to maintain punching distance and was able to repeatedly score
points in this manner. Scott took a unanimous 4 round decision. Two
other Schott’s fighters, Brian Miller and Mike Faragon scored early and
decisive knockouts over Markel Muhammed and Jerry Presley, respectively.
Fine knockouts but these bouts could have been better matched.
Nevertheless, I liked the power. Hats off to Schott’s – came all the way
from the great state of New York and represented well. Keep up the good
work Schotts. We wouldn’t mind you all coming to visit Palmetto land
Another disappointment was that the “Tremendous” Travis Simms fight
didn’t occur. The word was that Simms’ opponent pulled out although
there was no official word on this from the ringside announcer.
All in all, a very exciting night of boxing in the Palmetto state. Hats
off to Palmetto Boxing Promotions and to promoter, Mr. Andrew Stokes, as
well as to Billy Stanick of Stanick Roofing, for their efforts on behalf
of boxing in the great state of South Carolina. Remember folks, if the
fighters don’t have a venue to display their skills, we the fans of
boxing can’t see them, and gentleman such as Stokes and Stanick are
responsible for giving the fighters this venue. Also a tip of the hat to
all the fine folks at the South Carolina Boxing Commission, who are
doing a very fine job from what this observer can see in helping to grow
boxing in South Carolina. This observer has high hopes for more exciting
bouts from Palmetto Boxing Promotions in the coming months.
“Jake at Ringside”
August 29, 2009