TAKES TITLE IN MAHNOMEN Photos and Report By
Robertson (5-1-1) won the vacant Minnesota bantamweight title
Saturday October 23rd in Mahnomen, MN as he defeated in-state
rival Brad Patraw (6-1). The two fighters met last March in a
bout that saw Patraw sweep the scorecards and win a lopsided unanimous
decision. Patraw was the same gutsy pressure fighter as he was
in the first meeting this time out and Robertson fought much more
aggressively and confident, resulting in a thrilling MN fight
of the year candidate.
Robertson began the fight jabbing and using what would be his
best and most frequently used weapon in the fight, a hard right
hand to the head as Patraw's left was held low. Robertson did
well by confussing Patraw with movement and hard punches through
the first two rounds.
Patraw seized the momentum in rounds three and four as Robertson
stopped letting his hands go like he had in the previous rounds.
Patraw began to bully his way inside and force Robertson to the
ropes as the fight began to resemble the first bout between the
The fifth and sixth saw Patraw win the first half of the rounds
with aggressive combination punching while Robertson took the
second half with stinging rights to the head and spirited pressure
boxing of his own. A seemingly even fight was changed however
in the closing moments of the sixth as a booming combo to the
head put Patraw on his seat. Buzzed, Patraw regained his footing
and finished the round.
The final two rounds saw intense back and forth action that had
the crowd on their feet. The two fighters went all out in an exchange
in the center of the ring in round eight. Punches were landed
and Patraw again ended up on the floor where referee Mark Nelson
began his count. Patraw could be seen shaking his head saying
he tripped but the second knockdown scored by Robertson was enough
to secure the Mn state title for "lil Superman". Scores
read 76-75, 76-74, and 76-74.
In other action, Mike Davis stopped Jesse Barbot in round six.
Davis and Barbot let loose on each other from start to finish.
Both fighters landed big shots but Davis seemed to take the punches
better. Davis dropped Barbot on more then one occassion on his
way to putting an end to the bout with a vicious head combination
in the sixth round. Barbot was taken out of the ring on a stretcher
although conssious. Barbot ended up having surgery the following
day to remove a blood clot but was said to be in good condition
afterwards. Barbot confirms that he is recovering.
Nick Whiting stopped Travis McCullough in round two. McCullough
had success early but was unable to make it to his feet after
a hard left-right to the body put him down to all fours.
Derek Winston won his long awaited professional debut by taking
a four round unanimous decision over David Laque. Winston gave
up a big size advantage while Laque came in the much less experience
of the two. The bout was full of action as Winston boxed with
sharp combinations and Laque constantly switched stances as he
pressed forward. Winston was able to land head shots throughout
but they seemed to unface
Brittany Tenbears and Concha Ross fought to a four round majority
draw. Both girls put on a decent performance, showing skill and
conditioning despite being relatively green in the ring.
Lawrence Goodman stopped Chance Western in round one.
Goodman simply overwhelmed the tough mma fighter Western from
start to finish.