Unbeaten S.C. fighter Chris ‘The Irish Ghost’ Fitzpatrick
headlines ‘Undisputed’ with dominating performance, unanimous
By MIKE ROSIER/Morris News Service
Photos: Scott Matthews
COLUMBIA – Chris Fitzpatrick’s seventh professional
opponent brought his mouth and plenty of taunts into the ring, but it
was “The Irish Ghost” who brought the heat.
Headlining his first professional fight card for Palmetto Boxing
Promotions in Columbia on Saturday night at the Radisson, Fitzpatrick
put on a boxing clinic for six dominating rounds in earning a unanimous
decision victory over former amateur rival Torrence King.
Fitzpatrick (7-0) stuck to his corner’s game plan – consistent work and
constant pressure while looking for openings for his power shots –
utilized superior footwork and movement to position King wherever he
wanted in the ring, pushing him back into the ropes with an accurate jab
before punishing him to the body with damaging hooks.
If anything, Fitzpatrick had to withhold some of his aggression and
desire to brawl in order to maintain his concentration. As King, (2-3)
fighting out of Akron, Ohio, kept talking and taunting, the sold out
home crowd kept spurring the Columbia fighter to seek the knockout.
But that wasn’t part of Fitzpatrick’s fight plan, even though he was
able to drop King in the third round after a smart hybrid left upper cut
caught his former amateur rival flush.
“I definitely wanted to do it (knock King out), but my coach kept that
in my mind about staying with the plan so that’s what we did,”
Fitzpatrick, a middleweight, said. “He wanted me to go out there and box
and look for my spots (for power) so that’s what I did.”
Fitzpatrick’s trainer, Dom Robinson, said he knew King was not a likely
“He’s a durable guy and he took some shots, but that’s what we wanted
for Chris, a tough, durable guy,” said Robinson of King. “We knew this
was a guy who we probably weren’t going to knock out, so I wanted Chris
to box him and he did an excellent job of that.”
King rarely threw punches in combination as he retreated for much of the
In the first five rounds, he seemed to be content with laying on the
ropes, seemingly hoping that Fitzpatrick would tire later in the fight.
But while “The Irish Ghost” did see his work rate decline a bit in
rounds four and five, King was only able to take advantage in spots.
And while those punches were able to bruise and swell the area just
below Fitzpatrick’s left eye a bit, for the majority of the fight it was
the home fighter’s footwork and angles that lived up to his ghostly
moniker – leaving the Akron fighter with very little to target or hit.
“He couldn’t hit me because I was moving too much for him and he
couldn’t see anything to land,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was a great crowd
tonight, these are beautiful fight fans.”
Robinson said Fitzpatrick would be back in the gym on Monday.
“Chris has a lot of potential so we’re going to stay in the gym and stay
ready to fight,” he said. “We’ll keep working and start looking for
“There’s no slacking off in the gym,” added Fitzpatrick.
Two other South Carolina fighters also put on stirring shows for the
Noted amateur fighter Jared “The Quiet Storm” Robinson, of Sumter, made
his professional debut in spectacular fashion with a knockout of Shaun
Piles of North Carolina just 14 seconds into the fight, while female
fighter Angel “Non-Stop” Gladney of Columbia made her opponent from
Arkansas quit on her stool after just a single round of action.
While his opponent was slinging wild punches from every possible angle
immediately after the opening bell, Robinson instead calculated his
distance and unloaded a left hook that exploded on Piles’ chin, knocking
him cold and rolling his eyes back even before his body slammed into the
canvas. Piles remained down for several minutes recovering from the
blow, but he would eventually rise to his feet and be declared okay.
Gladney, meanwhile, spent her round forcing Nikita McCargo into the
corner and pounding her with various shots. She then stood and implored
her opponent to keep fighting, which McCargo was not inclined to do,
earning plenty of boos from the pro-Gladney crowd.
In the first bout of the evening’s 11 fights to eclipse the first round,
135-pound South Carolinians Darryl “Rampage” Watson and Jonathan “2 Gunz”
Hernandez put on three rounds of steady action with Hernandez earning
his first professional victory after Watson’s corner threw in the towel
following a pair of knockdowns.
Hernandez saw his consistent work to the body – though several shots did
drift below the belt line, for which referee Mark Campbell docked him
one point – pay off in the final round of the fight. As he caused damage
to the body, opportunities for offense opened upstairs as well and
Hernandez connected with well-timed power shots to drop Watson twice.
And after the second knockdown, Watson’s corner had seen enough.
FIGHT NIGHT NOTES: Torrence King, for all of his pre-fight talk and
aggressive body language before and during Saturday night’s main event
(even choosing to fight minus his trunks, a set of faux fur pelts which
referee Mark Campbell made him remove due to excessive shedding on the
ring canvas) brought very little action where it counted, in the ring
with his fists … Jared Robinson’s dramatic KO of Shaun Piles will have
fans clamoring for tickets to his next fight … Aiken’s own Paul
Williams, who is currently in talks for a future bout with either
middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, or Pavlik’s lone conqueror, legend
Bernard Hopkins, was on hand and signing autographs for the fans …
boxing twins “Tremendous” Travis Simms and Thomas Simms were also on
hand and made a special appearance for the capacity crowd …
Virginia-based middleweight Jeremiah Wiggins cast an imposing physical
figure, and he has Paul Williams trainer George Peterson in his corner
helping out his longtime trainer Gloria Peek … All five of the featured
fighters from New York were in terrific shape and won their fights in
convincing fashion – MR