Cerresso Fort (13-0-1, 10 KO's) won a hard fought majority decision
over Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-1, 8 KO's) Saturday
night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The "decent"
action in the opening round exploded into an all out war over the
next seven rounds which were marked by both warriors giving it everything
they had. The blood started flying early and often leaving the fighters
cut and swollen and even a few ringsiders spotted in red. Peterson
surprised everybody by coming forward early and controlling the
flow inside the ring, which looked more like a kids play pen because
of it's unusually small size. But it was obvious by the polished
boxing moves being display that these weren't children playing.
Peterson spun and circled his way to the inside where he got the
better of things to start. Fort chose to box, and counter with head
shots while moving backwards. For now, Fort was letting the aggressive
style we have come to expect lay dormant.
To this point, both Fort and Peterson were still showing each other
respect but the civility of the match went out the window at the
end of the second round. Fort nailed Peterson on the back of the
head and Peterson tried to take Forts head off in return. Referee
Mark Nelson got between the two before all hell could break loose.
Both fighters kept their composure however afterwards but the intensity
between the two shot through the roof of the Casino from that point
on and you could almost feel it sitting ringside.
To make matters messier during a close third round, an accidental
head crash left Fort with a wide open gash over his left eye. Fort
continued to use Peterson's assumed roll as counter puncher despite
the blood flow and landed some nice shots to the head and body afterwards.
Peterson did his best work in rounds four and five while landing
uppercuts and being first to the punch. Fort's mouth was open during
the rounds and I started to ask myself if the move to 154 had taken
a toll on him. Fort smiled back at Peterson's assault as he walked
back to his corner to compose himself. But just as it looked like
Fort might have been winded, he rallied with a huge round six. Fort
looked like a fresh fighter and roared out of his corner with the
pressuring bombs we are used to seeing. Maybe the weight wasn't
an issue after all?
was now the fighter pushing the action behind a clubbing right.
The faster pace and brawling nature of the contest seemed to better
suit him. More great action in round seven but Fort secured the
fight on the judges cards by having his best round of the fight
in the eighth and final round. Both fighters gained a ton of respect
from local fans for their effort who watched both online and live
at the fights. Afterwards each fighter said they want to go at it
again later this year in the Twin Cities area. Fort brought a lot
of fans to the full ballroom and they were passionately in favor
of their fighters hand being raised. But their were also a good
number of current and past professional fighters in attendance who
almost unanimously favored Peterson by a round. This is a fight
I would pay to see over and over again. Official scores read 77-75
twice for Fort and 76-76 giving Fort the victory.
In other action, Jamal James (6-0, 4 KO's) looked extremely sharp
in beating Hector Orozco (5-12) for the second time. The first round
was close and much like their first meeting. Orozco came forward
with pressure and James countered from the outside. James began
to pull away after the second round though while landing hard combinations
before slipping out of Orozco's reach. James won more convincingly
this time around but Orozco showed the same grit and determination
as in their first meeting which made for an entertaining bout. Scores
read 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.
Al Sands (4-1, 4 KO's) scored the KO of the night against game Kia
Daniels (6-7, 4 KO's), stopping him at 2:10 of the first round.
Sands' entrance was almost as exciting as the KO as he danced to
the ring with Kevin Lyttle's "You got me going crazy"
echoing in the background. And Sands had the crowd going crazy before
and after putting Daniels out with a hard right to the head.
Richard Hargraves (3-0-1, 2 KO's) won a six round unanimous decision
over Michael Faulk (2-2) in a middleweight bout. Scores read 58-56,
59-55, 58-57. Hargraves traveled from California to face Faulk in
his home state and was able to out work his opponent by being the
busier fighter. The bout was a chess match with both boxers looking
for openings to counter punch. Neither fighter looked to be hurt
at any point in the bout.
"My plan was to come to Minnesota and knock him out because
I didn't want to leave it in the hands of the judges" said
Hargraves afterwards. "But my second plan was to box and
that's what I did. I thought my defense was good and I'm happy the
judges saw it the right way."
Mathew Karaja (1-0) won a four round majority decision over Jerome
LaBarge (0-1). Scores read 39-37, 39-37, 38-38. The two fighters
have a history that goes back to the amateur days and put simply,
neither guy liked the other before hand. Despite neither fighter
having tasted the canvas, it was a four round brawl for the duration
of the bout. Like many rivalries before, the two men embarrassed
afterwards and seemingly put the past behind them.
Corey Thompson (1-0, 1 KO) knocked Stanley Lewis (0-6) down twice
on his way to winning his pro debut by first round stoppage. Official
time was 1:48. Lewis turned his back at one point early and raised
his hands while shaking his head to show Thompson's shots were not
hurting him. But shortly after, Thompson ripped Lewis to the body
which knocked the smile off his face. Thompson continued his offensive
attack until Lewis could not continue.
Heavyweight Charles Goodwin (2-0, 2 KO's) won by first round TKO
over Cory Briggs (0-1) in a scheduled four rounder.
DePoe (1-0, 1 KO) won by second round KO over John Kingbird (0-1).
Time of stoppage was :48 into the second round in the nights opening
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