By Sean Wippert ringside in Las Vegas: The co-main event of the evening at The Joint turned out to be something of a chess match between local boxer Badou Jack and Farah “Quiet Storm” Ennis from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The pair opened the bout much as a chess match would, both throwing out small bits of their bigger plans for the fight. They began jabbing at one another, neither really landing more than the other.
After a few slow early rounds they continued to toss shot after shot at one another, neither really gaining to much ground over the other. Jack was however getting the better of the two in the exchanges. His shots were a bit more in quantity and seemed to land with greater frequency. This was tone for the rest of the fight on into the later rounds and its conclusion. Jack did catch fire a bit at the end, as if he was trying to punctuate his efforts.
Jack takes home the unanimous decision with scores of 100-90, 98-92, and 98-92 and improves to 15-0 with 10 knockouts. Ennis picks up only his second professional loss, falling to 21-2 with 12 knockouts.
In middleweight action Christopher Pearson took home his eighth consecutive victory by defeating Arturo “El Toro” Crespin. Pearson started off a bit slow as Crespin’s nickname was very reflective of his fighting style. Bullish and hardnosed. The Las Vegas, New Mexico fighter came after Pearson with near reckless abandon from the opening bell.
While this straight forward attack kept his opponent off balance in the beginning, it’s effectiveness quickly waned thanks in part to series of good shots to the body by Pearson. The body shot damage seemed to slow Crespin a bit in the second round and Pearson jumped him. He targeted his opponents body even more, attacking it with fast uppercuts and hooks to the body.
By the fourth round, a bloodied Crespin was still trying to throw everything he had at Pearson. The results were less than favorable. This carried over into the fifth and what would be the final round. Pearson had done enough damage for referee Russell Mora to call a halt to the bout. The fight was officially stopped at the 1:18 mark of the fifth round. With the win, Pearson improves to 8-0 with now 7 knockouts. The loss drops Crespin to 10-3-1 with 4 knockouts.
Super middleweight Luis Arias came out with a fury against Latif Mundy. The Las Vegan torched his opponent punishing body work and followed it up with over hand shots. He continued this way, looking relentless as the early rounds came and went. The problem however with a fighter doing this is that if his opponent weathers the damage, he might not have enough for a plan b.
Mundy did just that, taking the fight back a bit from the noticeably winded Arias in the middle rounds. The fighter from Philadelphia, PA began flashing sorted moments of brilliance, showing that the possibility of an upset was looming. The final rounds had both men tagging each other until the last seconds.
When it was all over, it was Arias who took home the victory with unanimous scores of 59-55 across the board. With the win he improves to 6-0 with 3 knockouts and drops Mundy to 10-7 with 4 knockouts.
In super welterweight action Ronald Gravil continued his undefeated streak, improving to 4-0 with a sound TKO victory over New Orleans own Jas Phipps. The Las Vegas fighter opened with hard jabs and never looked back. His deceptively fast, accurate shots countered Phipps’ attacks in the early rounds. Gravil continued like this through the third and fourth rounds.
Gravil’s body of work paid dividends in the fifth when he earned a TKO stoppage at the 1:39 mark. Referee Russell Mora called a halt to the fight when Phipps was driven to the ropes and appeared to be in bad shape and getting worse. With the win, Gravil remains undefeated, improving to 5-0 with now 4 knockouts. The defeat gives Phipps his first notch in the loss column, moving him to 4-1 with 1 knockout.
Welterweight Justin DeLoach earned his third win over Kevin Medley. The fighter from Augusta, Georgia earned a tough win, improving to 3-0 with 1 knockout. The loss gives Medley his first professional defeat, sending him to 1-1.
Las Vegas cruiserweight Andrew Tabiti won his professional debut in punishing fashion. He floored his opponent Andrew Howk of Kalispell, MT with single overhand right. The fight was officially stopped at the 0:42 mark of the first round. Tabiti moves to 1-0 with 1 knockout and drops Howk to 0-2.
Tampa, Florida welterweight Willie Jones earned his second professional win over Las Vegas’ Douglas Rosales. Jones took the four round decision with solid work to the head and body. Jones moves to 2-0 while Rosales falls to 0-1 in his professional debut.
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