PAST RESULTS |
Ray Edwards Gets Unanimous Decision
Over T.J. Gibson
May 21st, 2011
Report By Ray Kilgore
Photos By Jesse Kelley
By Ray Kilgore: Leading up to Friday's night fight at
Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards,
26, and his trainer, Jeff Warner, did a good job of talking up Edwards
as the next best heavyweight.
"Ray will be the first to come from pro football
as a starter and destroy the heavyweight division," Warner told
a local newspaper before the fight. "He's a modern-day Muhammad
Ali and Mike Tyson combined."
Well, Edwards, who was rumored to have received $5,000
plus 50 percent of the live gate, was far from either Ali or Tyson,
taking a four-round unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson winning by scores
of 40-34, 39-35, 40-34 on all three cards.
The 6'5", 258-pound Edwards quickly discovered that 5'9" Gibson
wasn't willing to come in and lie down, as many expected he would.
In round one, Edwards and Gibson, both making their professional boxing
debuts, started off trading jabs, but surprisingly it was the smaller
Gibson who was the aggressor for most of the opening round.
Edwards circled, looking for an opening; halfway through the round,
he hit the jackpot as he landed a one-two combo that sent Gibson down.
Gibson wasn't seriously hurt, but the fight began to take on a clear
pattern of Edwards circling, throwing an occasional jab, and trying
to land a big right.
Unfortunately both men's lack of boxing experience showed
at times, such as when Gibson resorted to throwing looping right hands
while Edwards blocked, then tried a punch with two of his own before
the men would tie up.
Without question, Gibson was viewed as nothing more than an opponent
for Edwards' first real fight, expected to be knocked out within seconds
of the opening bell. But to his credit, he came planning to fight his
best, and at times he was able to land his looping rights.
But the fight would inevitably fall back into its pattern, each man
taking turns moving forward, followed by one or two blows from Edwards.
At one point in round two, referee Joe Cortez motioned for both men
to engage more, because Edwards had begun to drop his hands to his sides
and walk around the ring while Gibson held his gloves bent inward, looking
to land his clubbing rights.
By round three, it was clear that Edwards was going to take the contest,
and his confidence in victory showed as he showboated, dropping his
hands to his sides.
In the final round, Edwards was able to put Gibson on the canvas for
the second time with a right, just as the boxers were breaking up from
a clinch. Gibson made the count, and toward the end of the round, both
men exchanged blows the most action-packed sequence of the fight.
The fans booed several times throughout, disappointed in the show, but
Edwards reached his goal of getting his first professional win and improved
his record to (1-0), while Gibson fell to (0-1).
Cerresso Fort Impresses, Stopping Tim Taggart Jr. in
Before Friday's fight, Cerresso Fort had been inactive in boxing since
July 2010, when he defeated Steve Macomber, while his opponent, Taggart,
was coming off a barn burner win against Charles Meier earlier this
Fort, who has had past managerial problems, started round one jabbing,
while Taggart countered with several jabs of his own. The men mirrored
each other at times, one would jab only to be met by his opponent's
jab. But soon the action would heat up, both boxers exchanging hard
blows, while Taggart set himself up as the aggressor, trying to land
At one point during the round, Taggart missed a blow; Fort countered
and sent Taggart to the canvas seconds before the bell ended the round.
In round two, both picked up where they left off, going back to trading
blows until Fort decided to return to the jab.
While Fort was still trying to adjust to his changed approach to the
fight, Taggart landed what appeared to be a good right, getting Fort's
attention, and shortly thereafter the fighters went back to trading
blows. Then Taggart threw a shot that missed Fort, who countered with
a one-two of his own, that sent Taggart down hard to the canvas. While
referee Joe Cortez was administering the ten count, he quickly waved
off the fight, seeing that Taggart was in no condition to continue.
With the win, Fort improved to (11-0, 9 KOs) while Taggart fell to (5-3,
Jamal James Defeats Hector Orozco by Tough Unanimous Decision
Hector Orozco came out strong in his fight against Jamal James and quickly
attempted to land several right hands, forcing James to try to slow
the pace down and use his counters. Both fighters traded good shots,
but it was James' jab and body work that was most noticeable early.
In round two, James snapped his jab more and continued
to work the body, while Orozco moved forward, trying to land a big punch
while wearing James down with non stop pressure.
By rounds five and six, Orozco had succeeded in making
James somewhat tired. James stuck with his game plan of using his jab,
going to the body, and trading when he felt it was needed. Orozco walked
through some big shots as he finished the bout swarming James with punches.
James improved his record to (5-0, 4 KOs) while Orozco
fell to (3-8) by unanimous decision (58-56, 58-56, 58-56)
Larry Butler Gets Technical Win Over Van Goodman in
a Bloody Mess
Round one started slow, as both men did lots of posturing. It would
be Butler who finally got things started, landing several right hands
followed up by several jabs. Goodman didn't appear bothered by them,
however, and he ended up landing several of his own combos and solid
By round two, Goodman came out the aggressor and landed
a hard right hand that sent Butler down. Butler looked tired and seemed
content with surviving the round. But with the start of round three,
both men went back to landing good jabs and right hands. Near the far
ropes, Butler landed a good shot that opened up a bad cut over Goodman's
eye, and Goodman's face became a bloody mess.
In round four, Goodman landed some good jabs that snapped
Butler's head back, while Butler came back and landed several good rights
of his own. The blood over Goodman's eye continued to flow, and at last
the doctor was called in to take a look at his injury.
The fight continued, and this time it was Butler who landed
the better of the blows, as his right hand snapped Goodman's head back.
The men exchanged blows again, and for the second time the action was
stopped so that the ring doctor could check Goodman's eye. This time
it was decided that Goodman's eye injury was too major, and the fight
was called off.
Butler improved his record to (1-0, 1 KOs) while Goodman
fell to (2-3, 1 KOs).
Tony Lee Dazzles, Stopping Ronnie Fuentez in Round Four
Tony Lee got the action started early, as he used a good jab and strong
right to back Ronnie Fuentez up. Lee sensed that Fuentez was a little
buzzed from the blow and tried to take advantage of the opportunity,
but Fuentez, who was making his professional debut, was game as he swung
back in an effort to fend off Lee's attack. Minutes before the round
closed, Lee appeared to send Fuentez down on one knee from a good punch,
but the referee ruled it a slip.
By round two, both fighters had the fans into the fight
as Lee backed Fuentez into the corner, while Fuentez unwisely dropped
both his hands to his sides, taking two hard blows. Luckily Fuentez
wasn't seriously hurt and tried to fire back.
But it was Lee's fast hands and body work that made the
By round three, it was evident that Lee's overall skills
were going to be too much for Fuentez, as Lee connected with several
flurries followed by a solid right that dropped Fuentez.
Fuentez made the count, but seconds later he went down
again from a hard body shot. Again Fuentez made the count, but he spit
out his mouth guard. Once the action resumed, Lee tried to jump on Fuentez
to end the fight. But before he had a chance, the bell sounded, ending
In round four, Lee picked up where he had left off and
sent Fuentez down hard with a solid blow. As Fuentez struggled to make
the count, it was clear that he was in no condition to continue, and
the fight was called off.
Lee improved his record to (4-0, 2 KOs) while Fuentez
fell to (0-1).
Jonathan Perez Dominates Raymond Torres in Round Two
Perez came out in round one trying to end the fight early, as he landed
two hard right hands. But Torres was game and was willing to exchange
blows with Perez, until minutes into the round, when Perez took solid
control by landing solid rights, working the body, and using combos
to take the round.
By round two, Perez was picking up the action, going back
to his jab. Torres attempted to flurry but wasn't landing any blows.
By this time, Torres was in retreat mode, and Perez landed a hard body
blow that sent Torres down. Torres was able to make the count, but he
didn't appear in good shape and the fight was called off.
Perez improved his record to (2-0, 2 KOs) while Torres fell to (0-2).