Fights tonight, St. Paul Armory, “Golden” Caleb Truax vs Kerry Hope

As if tonight’s fight was not interesting enough, the news of a Kolle/Truax showdown in January just made it that much more. Kerry Hope is here to win, and doesn’t care about any MN vs MN super show that may be around the corner. This will be a great test for Truax on several fronts.

 

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I was able to watch Truax, and some of the other pros at Lykes gym train this past Wednesday. They look ripped and ready to go. Truax told me he was ready to get in the ring and take care of his business. He told me he thinks this will be a better fight than the Daniels one would have been. “Maybe nationally, Daniels is more recognizable but I think this is actually a better match-up”.

 

Mohammed Kayongo (14,2,1) was also there doing some training with Scott Tolzman. Kayongo told Jesse Kelley and I he was ready for this fight. He said he had been in training camp for the last 6 weeks and feels healthy and ready to go. He is fighting James Todd (2,1,1) in the co feature.

 

Jeremy McLaurin told me I need to keep my eye on Charles Meier. He said that guy has been training his butt off and has never looked so good. Meier (3,1) will be fighting Marvin Rodriguez (2,2).

 

Rounding out the boxing portion of the card is Micheal Faulk (1,0) vs Ryan Soft (1,0,1)

 

Weights From St. Paul, MN!
Caleb Truax 168                                        Kerry Hope 168   (WBF Intercontinental  Super Middleweight title)
Mohammed Kayongo  146                     JamesTodd  146  (WBF Intercontinental welterweight title)
Michael Faulk 154                                    Ryan Soft  154
Charles Meir   159                                    Marvin Rodriguez **
MMA: Derek Abram  162                        Gabe Wallbridge 164
MMA:Marcus Levesseur  160                 Bruce  Johnson 156
MMA:  JedidiahJones  170                      Issaiah Mahto 171
**= Rodriguez will weigh in tomorrow
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: St. Paul Armory
Tickets: soboxing.com/612-807-5547

November 20, The Golden Age, Press Release

 

Truax-Daniels IBA Title Fight Headlines November 20!

 

For Immediate Release

 

calebtruax_newlrgSt. Paul, MN – Unbeaten Super Middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax will vie for his first title Friday November 20 against former world champion Carl Daniels in the main event of Seconds Out Promotions’ “The Golden Era” live from the St. Paul Armory.

 

Truax, 13-0 (9 KO’s), has been impressive thus far during his young career. The Osseo, MN native stopped five of his last six opponents, including an impressive TKO over veteran Patrick Perez in July.

 

Daniels, of St. Louis, MO, is a former WBA Junior Middleweight champion and fought the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Green, Julio Cesar, Laurent Boudouani and Chad Dawson. The 69 fight veteran is Truax’ most experienced foe to date.

 

The Truax-Daniels matchup is scheduled for ten rounds, with the winner claiming the IBA Americas Super Middleweight championship.

 

In the co-featured bout of the evening, hard hitting Welterweight Muhammad “African Assassin” Kayongo of St. Paul returns following a one year absence to challenge James Todd of the United Kingdom. Kayongo, 14-2 (10 KO’s) and Todd, 2-1-1 (1 KO) are scheduled to do battle over 10 rounds for the IBA Intercontinental Welterweight title.

 

Kayongo-Todd is expected to be far more competitive than it looks on paper, as the latter was an elite amateur, former member of the Calzaghe Training Camp and now part of the illustrious Talon Boxing Camp in Big Bear, CA.

 

Former amateur star Michael Faulk of St. Paul takes on Ryan Soft, 1-0-1 (1 KO), of North Dakota in a four round Junior Middleweight bout. Faulk, 1-0 (1 KO), was rated the #2 amateur in the nation by USA Boxing.

 

Middleweights Charles Meier, 3-1 (2 KO’s), and Josh Rodriguez, 4-10 (3 KO’s) will meet over four rounds. Marvin Rodriguez, 2-2 (1 KO), challenges Silas Ortey, 4-7 (3 KO’s), also in a four round Middleweight affair.

 

Super Bantamweights Felix Martinez of Bloomington, MN squares off against Ugandan Phillip Adyaka in a four rounder. Martinez and Adyaka are both looking for their first professional victory.

 

Mixed martial artist Derek Abrams meets Caleb Wolf over three 5 minute rounds in the Featherweight (145 lb) division and Welterweight Jedidiah Jones makes his debut against an opponent TBA, also in a three rounder.

 

Lightweight prospect Jeremy McLaurin, 5-0 (4 KO’s), and local favorite Jon “The Iron Man” Schmidt, 9-1 (6 KO’s) are slated to appear in separate bouts.

 

Tickets are $25 for general admission and $55 for VIP. General admission for children under 13 is $5. Tickets to “The Golden Era” are available by calling 612-807-5547. Doors to open at 7 and the first bell is slated for 8 pm.

 

The St. Paul Armory is located at 600 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55101

When retired professional boxer Tony Grygelko found himself unable to stay out of the gym, he realized that his passion for boxing was undeniable. At age 29, Grygelko formed Seconds Out Promotions. By utilizing the vast boxing knowledge of world-class trainer Ron Lyke, Grygelko and Seconds Out quickly became a hit.

Through determination, integrity and hard work, Seconds Out strives to become a top promotional firm by giving young fighters the ability to showcase their talents to a worldwide audience, along with offering fans the highest quality of entertainment. Seconds Out is committed to recruitment and development of the best and brightest young fighters to help achieve our mission.

Seconds Out Promotions’ current stable of pugilists includes undefeated prospects “Golden” Caleb Truax, Marcus Oliveria, Michael Faulk, Ismail Muwendo, Jeremy McLaurin, dynamite fisted Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell, Willshaun Boxley, Charles Meier, Jon “The Ironman” Schmidt, and Mohammed Kayongo.

 

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 For more information, go to www.soboxing.com

“Wanted” Wild Horses, Tornado Warnings, and a Dark Sky Couldnt Stop MN From Boxing

Dan Copp, Courtesy of SnapLocally.com

Dan Copp, Courtesy of SnapLocally.com

 

I have to say, when I met up with the posse at Wyatt Earp’s, I didn’t think we were fitten to see any fisticuffs. The sky was dark and the air wet. There were tornado warnings for pretty much the whole evening for the twin cities. But at about 7PM a couple boxers clad in headgear approached the ring for a showdown. Okay, I’m done with my cowboy talk.  Boxing did start– it was two public workouts then on to the pros. For those that did brave the weather, they were able to see another gutty performance by Josh Rodriguez in his loss to Robert Kamya, as well as a couple MMA guys face off for a boxing match. We were also witness to a very quick beat down given by Marvin Rodriguez, and The One also got in a round before the rains made it too dangerous to continue with the event. I applaud Seconds Out Promotions for going forward with the show, as all but one fight was able to be held. I was going to get into the the quotes from the program as well as my chat with Caleb Truax about Andy Kolle, but I will save that for tomorrow. Below are the fight recaps.

 

Public Workout

 

Public Workout

 

Dan Copp over Derek Abrams by UD – This was a boxing match between two MMA guys. From the start of the first round until the final bell of the fourth and final round Dan Copp seemed to be in charge of the action. Copp was much more comfortable looking in straight boxing. He was using a variety of punches to both the body and head, but doing most of the damage when going after Abrams midsection. A Couple of the rounds were quite close with Derek Abrams showing great bursts of energy and flurries of punches, but Copp’s cool demeanor and constant control granted him a UD.

 

Karate Demonstration

 

Marvin Rodriguez over Ryan Stock by TKO in round 1 – The first sentence of my fight notes says Stock looks quicker to the punch. Right after writing that Rodriguez started throwing and landing punches nonstop until the ref called the fight. Quite the expert I am.

 

Robert Kamya, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Robert Kamya, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Robert “The Doctor” Kamya over Joshua Rodriguez by SD – From the get go this was another gutty performance by Joshua Rodriguez. He started the first round on the attack and that’s where he could also be found in the sixth and final round. But while Rodriguez was attacking Kamya was using a somewhat awkward style and slick boxing to hit Josh with precision punches. I would say that Rodriguez landed the heavier shots and maybe more punches over all, but Kamya did look the superior boxer. The judges scored it an SD for Kamya, 58-57 Josh, 59-56 Kamya, 58-56 Kamya.

 

Willshaun Boxley, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Willshaun Boxley, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Willshaun “The One” Boxley vs Will Hernandez – This fight was ruled a no contest due to rain after the first round.  I had Boxley easily winning the only round fought and was able to catch up with Willshaun after the short non fight. He told me he was disappointed he was unable to knock Hernandez out in the first but was confident he would have done so had there been a second round. That being said, he was glad the fight was called because even on the solid blows he landed on Hernandez he was unable to get his full power into it because of the wet surface of the ring floor.

“Wanted” Seconds Out Promotions, August 8 card as it stands

from soboxing.com

 

August 8th (Boxing) Wyatts Earps Bar

6 Rds
Super Bantamweight 122-126 Lbs
“Liberty Title’s Main Event Bout”

Willshuan Boxley (5-1) Vs. James Frank

6 Rds
Lt Middleweight 154-160 Lbs

Robert Kamya (16-10) Vs. Joshua Rodriguez (4-9)

4 Rds
Bantamweight 118-122 Lbs

Felix Marteniz (0-3) Vs. Jake Backus(Pro Debut)

4 Rds
Middleweight 154-160(Lbs)

Charles Meier (2-1) Vs. Travis Pryzanski (0-1)

4 Rds
Middleweight 154-160(Lbs)

Marvin Rodriguez (1-2) Vs. Dan Copp (0-1)

Rumble at Robert’s, Final Report by Laura Zink

 

Rumble at Robert’s – July 11, 2009

By: Laura Zink

It’s seconds out to showtime. You have a fight venue booked, a working bout list for a pro boxing and MMA show, and PPV purchased for the one of the biggest UFC fights in history ready to stream in after the bouts. Then, week before the fight, the bout list begins to diminish, then the last pro bouts begin to fall through, and at the last minute even the ring docs pull out of the show. So, what do you do? Do you cancel the event? Do you just call it a day and stay in for the evening? Seconds Out promoter Tony Grygelko’s answer to this dilemma was to get in the ring…with the biggest possible gloves he could find.

Courtesy MinnesotaBoxing.com, Jesse Kelley

Courtesy MinnesotaBoxing.com, Jesse Kelley

After almost a four year layoff, “Polish Pride” Tony Grygelko (5-2) stepped into the ring against 6 time Tough Man competitor and professional boxing trainer Tom “That’s What They” Halstad. To the hoots and hollers of family, friends, and fans, Grygelko disrobed as Halstad crawled into the ring on all fours peeking at Grygelko with quick flicks of the neck, prey-like, as if he were…a lizard?

“Yes, I am part lizard,” Halstad said after the bout, “My dad is 25% lizard, and my mom comes from the Amazon jungle, and she was raised by lizards, but wasn’t technically a lizard herself. As you can see, I am human, but I do have attributes that are lizard-like.”

And after rising to his feet, and glaring at Grygelko in the eye, their corners went under the ring and pulled out what must have been 700 ounce gloves. With Grygelko donning the red gloves and Halstad wearing the blue, and the bell dinged, and the two men were called to action as the crowd cried out for their favorite punch: “Uppercut!”

“In round one, it was the roundhouse right hand,” Halstad commented about his most effective punch, “I wound it up, and went over the top. That was a nice punch for me.”

But by round 2, Grygelko moved in with 2 lumbering 1,2 combinations, which sent Halstad back. Grygelko cleaned up with a straight left hand, sending Halstad to the canvas. But not to be outdone, Halstad advanced in round 3, using a hard shove and a right hand to knock Grygelko down.

“I told you you were soft!” one crowd member jeered.

“Shake it off Tone! Shake it off!” another screamed.

And for the remainder of the round, the two men went at it, monster gloves and all, for a comedic, yet surprisingly busy end of the round.

“I believe my most effective move was the Street Fighter 2 Arukin off the rope,” Halsted commented about round three, “I think that was a very effective punch for me. Granted, he had me down in round two, and I give him credit for that. But I got up like a good fighter and had him down in round three. It was a good fight, but I think I got it.”

Courtesy MinnesotaBoxing.com, Jesse Kelley

Courtesy MinnesotaBoxing.com, Jesse Kelley

 

And in probably the most unlikely of main events, Joey Abell (25-4) took on cutman Jim Maurine…wearing sumo suits. Before Abell could even stand up after crawling into the ring on his belly, Maurine charged in and knocked Abell over with a sideways lunge. Not to be outdone, even in sumo suits, Abell kicked off round one with a torpedo head butt to the chest, knocking Maurine over. Between rounds even the ring card girl got in on the action. Abell grabbed her and accidently knocked her over where she proceeded to laugh as Abell pretended to dry hump her. After the referee led her out of the ring in a theatrical display of mock shame, Abell began to topple Maurine with twirling backwards flops.

“I didn’t want to keep just jumping on him,” Abell explained about his choice of strategy, “that was for the fans. I just kept jumping and twirling. I didn’t even know where I was going to land. I just thought I would jump up and spin, and I would land on him eventually. I was just trying to have fun.”

Round three clearly proved to be the greatest of Abell’s crowd-pleasing moves. As Maurine lay prostrate on his back, Abell leaped into the air and landed what this writer would dubb the biggest flying ass hat ever preformed in the annals of sumo suit wrestling history.

“I wanted to take the wind out of him,” Abell commented, laughing, “not to mention I ripped ass.”

 

But monster gloves and sumo suits aside, the card also had some very interesting exhibitions.

Starting off the night was an amateur exhibition between a very experienced 12 year old fighter, David Colon, and the most willing of yet-to-be-registered amateurs, Del Robinson. Colon, who began boxing at 6 and since then has fought 38 amateur bouts, took on Lyke’s Gym mate, the 15 year old Robinson. Colon began the bout using slick head movement and sharp counter-punching to keep the older Robinson at bay, showing that he clearly had an experience advantage and boxing reflexes deeply embedded in his young muscle memory. Robinson, to his credit, began to land straight shots in round two, which led to a chase – Robinson moving in and Colon slipping, ducking, and counter-punching until both fighters unleashed with 10 seconds to go in round three, ending the bout by slugfest.

In bout 2, middleweights Jon Schmidt (9-1) and Charles Meier (2-1) duked it out in their second exhibition performance. The crowd was obviously behind Meier from the gate, and Schmidt, who recently returned from a trip to Europe, got razzed by Meier fans with boos and crowd geers which ranged from “Take down the Cardboard Man!” to “Smack him in the tattoos!”. Schmidt was smiling and clearly in good spirits about the whole thing. In round 2, Meier picked up the pace, responding to Schmidt’s hooks to the body with nicely timed head shots and even some uppercuts.

“One of my main focuses tonight was that I was working on reaction punches,” Meier explained after the fight, “If someone goes to my body, I try to give them something in return right off the bat. And I did that consistently tonight. So my main goal, I accomplished. I landed a lot of punches, and one of them was a phenomenal uppercut.”

By round 3, Meier’s cornerman, Halstad, saw that Schmidt was beginning to get gassed in the exchanges and yelled “Amsterdam took its toll!” to which Schmidt again smiled perceptibly through his mouth guard. By round 4, Schmidt began to lean over and Meier capitalized by fighting from the inside, which led both fighters to bang at each other until the bell.

“I think we went toe-to-toe a few times,” Meier said, ‘And I think I did very well.”

Another interesting exhibition was between Jeremy Mc Laurin (4-0) and Ronnie Peterson (2-0). Labeled the “Battle of the Undefeated,” both fighters went into the exhibition like it was a regular pro bout. Peterson, like his older brother Dave, used crafty head movement to slip away, under, and to the side of McLaurin’s head shots. But toward the end of the round, McLaurin had Peterson on the ropes trying to fight his way out of a flurry of punches. In round 2, McLaurin landed a double jab, right hand combo which agitated Peterson, causing him to drop his hands to let McLaurin know that he wasn’t hurt. When McLaurin went in again and began to land shots to the body, Peterson stepped back and pummeled his sides with his gloves as if to say, ‘Made of steel. I can take it all day.’ After landing some shots of his own in round 3, Peterson was again taken to the ropes by Meier who landed countless shots to Peterson’s head and body. Dave Peterson, who was standing in his brother’s corner, shouted, “Get your hands up Ronnie!” But before the round was even over, McLaurin had Peterson caught in the neutral corner, which caused the ref to jump in and separate them for a short breather. After the break, both fighters took to it in the last seconds of the bout giving fans a spectacle of back and forth punches until the bell.

In other highlights, Caleb Truax (12-0) took on Marvin Rodriguez (1-2), where Truax showed fans his slick countering to overhand rights.

“It was a good show,” Truax commented after the bout, “It was all in good fun. Marvin goes to the same gym as I do, so we know each other. We’ve sparred a bunch of times at ACR. We were taking it easy, nothing too serious. I was just trying to pick up his overhand rights and counter it. He throws a lot of overhand rights, so I just tried to stay away from it and counter…worked the jab a little bit, too. That’s basically it.”

In another match, Wilshawn Boxley (5-1) took on Ismail Muwendo (3-0) in a bout which began like an exhibition, but after some uncharacteristic dirty fighting from Muwendo in round 1, took on a bit more of the flavor of a grudge match.

“I don’t know what he had in mind or whatever,” Boxley said after the match, “but he wasn’t fighting like himself. There was something different. I sparred him before and he did a lot better in sparring against me than he did tonight. He was frustrated. He was holding me down and pushing a little bit and it was really disrespectful out there, I thought. That’s why I started getting more aggressive. I was just a professional about it. I timed him, I waited, and I hurt him. If it was 8 ounces, it could have been a knockout.”

“Down the road, I think there is a possible fight…especially after all the disrespecting,” Boxley also commented, “I don’t know what his objective was or what his corner was telling him to do, but he was disrespecting me by doing the dirty fighting. But I think he’s a great fighter. I don’t take anything away from his game. I was kind of upset about the dirtiness…pushing my head down, and holding my head…it was weird. But if he wants to play dirty, we can have a real fight and play ‘Who’s the Boss?’ getting dirty. I’m not a dirty fighter though. ”

Everyone in attendance that night was clearly glad that Grygelko made the decision that he did. And granted, this show surely made him spend some money from the Seconds Out coffers, but to his credit, he treated everyone there to one hell of a party.

Seconds Out Promotions, “Brawl in St. Paul” March 21, St. Paul Armory

This show has been postponed.

Updated fight card for Seconds Out Promotions, ”Brawl in St. Paul”, March 21 at the St. Paul Armory.

 

I have got to say, I am really looking forward to the Marcus Levessuer (11-2) -VS- Travis Perzynski (18-3) fight. Levessuer has yet to let us down and is really somebody I have looked forward to seeing at Seconds Out events. Willshaun Boxley (5,0) taking on Thomas Snow (10,1)is probably the fight I am most excited about. Boxley has major player written all over him. We are lucky to be able to watch his star shine. Getting to watch Minnesota’s best heavyweight, Joey Abell, is just Icing on this cake. Not to mention, this could be some build up for a possible Joey Abell / Raphael Butler showdown. They will both be on the April 4 card at Epic nightclub. Hope to see you at the Armory in St. Paul.

 

Check out our interview with President and CEO of Seconds Out Promotions here. 3-9-09 Tony Grygelco Seconds Out Promotions

 

STATE LIGHTWEIGHT MMA CHAMPIONSHIP

MMA 5 rds

Marcus Levessuer (11-2) -VS- Travis Perzynski (18-3)

MMA 3 rds

Brandon Zemke (1-1) -VS- Kris Blesi (Pro Debut)

HWT 6 rds

Joey Abell (22-4) -VS- Larry White (3-4)
126lbs 6 rds

Cornelius Lock (18-3) David Vasquez (17-13)

122lbs 6 rds

Willshaun Boxley (5-0) -VS- Thomas Snow (10-1)
201lbs 4 rds
Harley Kilfian (7-2) -VS- Marty Lindquist (13-7)

168 4 rds
Marvin Rodriguez(1-1) -VS- Nick Whiting (0-10-1)

126 4 rds
Ismail Muwedo (1-0-10 -VS- Felix Marteniz (0-2)

135
Mellisa St. Vill (0-0-1) -VS- Katy Klinefelter (2-0)

 

Card is subject to change.

Caleb Truax, Joey Abell, and MMA shine at Epic Nightclub

Courtesy 13Twentythree Photography, all rigts reserved

Courtesy 13Twentythree Photography, all rigts reserved

 

You want to be close to the action? Maybe you would like to look down on the combatants from directly above. If you like up close and personal when going to a show, Epic Nightclub delivered. There was a definite buzz in the air for this special evening. It looked to me as though ALS should get a nice check from this event.

 

I really enjoyed this show. Seconds Out Promotions did a fine job in giving the fans entertainment for a great cause. I am a boxing guy, but MMA won the night. I was thoroughly impressed with the action and skill of the MMA fighters. The fans of Caleb Truax really made his short fight feel like a major event. They were great, and everything fight fans should be. Joey Abell was simply, WOW. Below is a fight by fight recap.

 

Jon “Iron Man” Schmidt…vs…Charles Meir (4 rounds exhibition)

 

The first three rounds of this exhibition were controlled by Schmidt. His ring experience seemed to be too much for his gym teammate. Charles did land punches, but most came when Jon was just standing in his defensive guard. The fourth round was by far the closest, with Meir taking it in my opinion. Since this was an exhibition there was no winner or loser.

 

(W)Jeremy McLaurin…vs…(L)Sook Siyajuck (4 rounds lightweights)

 

Jeremy proved to be too fast and skilled for Sook. I found it amusing that during the first round while McLaurin was running circles around Sook, Sook’s corner was yelling out that Jeremy was slow. I would not use the word slow when describing Jeremy’s performance. The first two rounds were all Jeremy McLaurin. Sook was a game opponent, just not on the same level. The third and fourth rounds were much more competitive, but it’s my opinion that this was only due to McLaurin seemingly being gassed. I had every round going to Jeremy and so did the judges.

 

(W)Dion Savage…vs…(L)Marvin Rodriguez (4 rounds super middleweights)

 

This fight started out with both boxers throwing heavy shots, plenty of them wild. Marvin’s right eye was swollen before 2 minutes had gone by in the first round. Round two brought more big shots and also started to show the obvious skill and strength advantage for Dion. Marvin’s eye looked to be almost swelled shut by the end of the second. The third round had much of the same, although Dion Savage began to leave his hands down in an effort to lure Rodriguez into a bomb. Round 4 started with Dion in a football 3 point stance, after that, much of the same as previous rounds. This fight was all Dion Savage, his strength, skill, and speed were just to much for a very game Mavin Rodriguez.

 

(W)Willshaun Boxley…vs…(L)Felix Martinez (4 rounds super bantamwights)

 

Its my opinion that Boxley was touched more often in the first round of this fight than he had been all of his bout January 24. Don’t get me wrong, it was still all Boxley. The first two rounds had Boxley clearly showing superior ability and quickness. We also saw the Mayweather defense make a few appearances. Sometime during the second round it looked as though Willshaun had hurt his right hand, but it didn’t hinder his dominance. By the third round it was obvious Boxley was not concerned about Felix’s power. He stalked Martinex around the ring landing punches in bunches until his opponent could take no more.

 

(W)Carey Vanier…vs…(L)Derek Abrams (3 rounds MMA)

Courtesy 13Twentythree Photograpy, all rights reserved

Courtesy 13Twentythree Photograpy, all rights reserved

 

Carey dominated this fight from start to finish. The first round saw Vanier throw Abrams over his back WWE style. Much of the fight was spent with Carey in the dominant mounted position. The fight ended in the second with Vanier finishing things off with a Kimora.

 

(W)Marcus LeVesseur…vs…(L)John Marriott (3 round MMA)

 

This one went all three rounds. It was an exciting fight with lots of action. Both fighters spent a lot of time tangled in the ropes. I have to say while it was competitive Marcus LeVesseur was clearly in control for all three rounds. The judges were of the same opinion.

 

(W)Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell…vs…(L)Marcus Rhode (6 rounds heavyweights)

 

Joey brought the WOW and JAB. Abell was just too much for Rhode and ended it in the first. It seemed once Marcus Rhode felt Joey’s power, he was done.

 

(W)”Golden” Caleb Truax…vs…(L)Steve Walker (6 rounds super middleweights)

 

I loved this fight because of the crowd. The minute Caleb came out, Epic Nightclub went crazy. Chants of “Caleb, Caleb” rang throughout this short fight. The first round was actually a tough one for me to score, but that didn’t matter because shortly into the second Caleb landed a monster hook to the body of Steve Walker that in my opinion ended the fight. Walker got up but was out shortly after due to another flurry by Truax.

 

(W)Phil “The Drill” Williams…vs…(L)Issiah “The Prophet” Henderson ( 6 rounds light heavweights)

 

The pro Williams crowd was vocal from start to finish. This fight went the distance, but there truly wasn’t much to write about. One observer asked me in between rounds what I was going to write about this fight and then offered his thoughts. ” Snooze”, was what he stated for the headline. I can’t argue with that thought. Phil controlled the whole fight but in a not so fan friendly way. He spent pretty much the whole fight waiting to land one big punch, but it never really happened. The Drill has a ton of talent, but seems to want to wait and pick a time to drop a one punch combo. After Phill Williams was announced a unanimous winner he took the mike and stated he was deserving of being a constant headliner.

 

I feel I need to say I really like Phil Williams.  I love his power and skill set, but in talking with the fans after the fight, his showing fell below the action witnessed through most of the evening. I have no doubt  Williams has it in him to be the Man, but right now headliners, as I see it, were Joey Abell and Caleb Truax for boxing, and the MMA guys were great.

 

Todd