Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Spectacular fights and victors emerge at annual “Boxing at the Ballroom” matches
Here's the full rundown on the beautiful beatdown.
FORT WORTH The Paulie Ayala “Boxing at the Ballroom Friday night at the Renaissance Worthington in Fort Worth, Texas finished the night in spectacular fashion with the main event between Dallas’ Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (11-0-1, 9KO’s) against the tough John Revish (9-7-2, 8KO’s) from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Maurice Hooker, a Light Welterweight rising star from Dallas, Texas, brought his undefeated record to Fort Worth, Texas and kept it intact. Before this fight, Hooker had been training in California at the infamous Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, home of hall of famer trainer Freddie Roach. He was sent there by his manager Arnie Verbeek from the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas to expand his craft and spar with some of the best fighters in the world. And from his performance Friday night, it was obvious that his hard work paid off after he made quick work of Revish, another light welterweight with a record that included 8 knockouts of his own.
As the first round began, Hooker quickly started to establish his left jab as Revish countered with his fast right hand. Hooker continued to force the action early and started to go downstairs as he went to the body. It wasn’t long after this that Hooker began to quickly take control of the fight. He didn’t waste much time as he closed the ring on Revish as he moved in for the kill and landed a massive right hand to the body of Revish and he collapsed against the ropes in agonizing pain. Revish stayed down for several minutes as the doctors came in to administer help. The fight ended in another KO for Hooker at 2:08 of the first round. After the fight, NTF was told by Hooker that he noticed that his opponent was “Trying to outbox me,” and said that is when he went back to his jab and started to go to the body. Hooker also told NTF that he had felt relaxed and strong coming into the fight, which was obvious with his outstanding KO to cap off the main event of the night. He said he will now return to the Wild Card Gym in California where he will get the opportunity to spar with Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30KOs), former world light welterweight, welterweight, and light middleweight champion.
In the Co-Main Event, the always unpredictable and exciting light heavyweight Samuel Clarkson (8-2, 6KO’s) from Cedar Hill, Texas took on the energetic Preston Kenny (7-18, 6KO’s) from Columbia Missouri. For those who had seen the fast and heavy handed Clarkson before, it was obvious that something entertaining was going to happen. Coming into this fight, the southpaw Clarkson had won and lost a split decision, so winning was the only thing on his mind. As the first round began, Clarkson started going to the body of Kenny, who happened to be a southpaw as well. And it didn’t take long after that when Clarkson caught Kenny with a short right hand to the head and sent him reeling into the ropes. Kenny was stunned and as he attempted to block punches, Clarkson began to unload with both hands and referee Rosario Solis stepped in to stop the match at 1:59 of the first round by TKO.
In the most technical fight of the night other than the main event, super flyweight Atlay Miranda (1-3) from Dallas, Texas went against the tough Richard Hernandez (2-6-1) from El Campo, Texas. In the first round, both fighters came out slugging as Miranda started to force the action but Hernandez countered back with his quick left hand. At the end of the round, Miranda had Hernandez in the corner as he landed punches with both hands as the bell sounded. The offense and defense of these fighters started off the night in exciting fashion and the crowd responded with appreciation for both fighters. The second round started like the first round as they went toe to toe early, both not giving the edge to the other opponent. As the fight moved on in this round, Hernandez began to start picking his shots as Miranda followed him around the ring. As the bell sounded, Miranda connected with a left hand to the head of Hernandez. The third round was a duplicate of the second as both fighters stared each other down as they went to their respective corners. In the last round, Miranda was forcing the action again as Hernandez patiently moved around the ring to counter his opponent. Miranda then began to land body punches and landed a nice right hand to the head of Hernandez. Suddenly, blood was noticed coming out of the nose of Miranda, but he continued to fight on. Hernandez then began to force the action in the last seconds of the round with combinations until the bell sounded. In what appeared to be a win for Miranda, the judges saw otherwise and called it as a unanimous decision with all the cards reading 39-37 for the countering Hernandez.
In what was billed as an MMA fight and later changed to a boxing match, the grizzly and tough John Paul Bonansinga (1-0) took on the crafty Willie Miller (0-3) in an exciting four round middleweight fight. Despite the change, Bonansinga still came in wearing MMA attire as he lumbered around the ring in the first and second round as he walked Miller down from corner to corner. Miller attempted to counter and attempted to land the occasional haymaker, while trying everything including switching stances, but to no avail. In the third round, Miller finally connected with a big right hand to the head of Bonansinga and he went down to the canvas. Bonansinga then went after Miller with a vengeance and connected with a big left to the head of the retreating Miller. In the last ten seconds of the round as Bonansinga was landing punches on Miller on the ropes, Miller took a knee and the bell sounded. The final round ended with Bonansiga chasing Miller around the ring until the bell sounded. Bonansinga won his boxing debut with a split decision.
In the super middleweight division, Christopher Jones (2-4) of Denton, Texas landed a huge left hook to the body of Jeremy Hall (1-1) from Sulphur Springs that sent him to the canvas in the beginning of the first round. As the fight continued, Jones landed several combinations to the head and body of Hall as he was on the ropes and he quickly took a knee. The fight was stopped at 1:07 of the first round by TKO.
Latravia Pierce (1-0) from Houson, Texas and trained by veteran Ronnie Shields took on the calm Angel Ford (0-3) from Mabelvale Arkansas in a scheduled four round welterweight fight. Early on in the fight, Ford calmly moved around the ring and countered everything that Pierce threw at her. The business-like Pierce continued to force the action in the first two rounds as she used her jab to get in close to land her right hand. At the end of the second, Pierce began to find her range as she pounded Ford on the ropes until the bell sounded. This was the beginning of the end for Ford as Pierce landed a big right hand that sent Ford to the canvas. After the count, Pierce pounded Ford on the ropes until the referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:07 by TKO.
In the mismatch of the night, DeAnthony Bonner (4-1-1) took on the brave but overmatched Henry Hernandez (1-11, 1KO) from El Campo, Texas. Hernandez attempted to counter early in the first round but with no effect as Bonner plodded forward landing effective punches. At 2:10 of the first round, Bonner landed a left and right hand that sent Hernandez toward the canvas and it was all over. By coincidence, Bonner was taken out in the first round by Maurice Hooker approximately a year ago at this same event in a similar fashion.
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