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19 NOVEMBER 2018

 

Boxing Legends Honored at Fight Night 2011

Boxing legends honored at Fight Night 2011
Boxing legends honored at Fight Night 2011

By Rocco Nguyen
 
Fight Night is the most eagerly anticipated fundraiser in the Washington DC area and also one of the most popular. Centered around boxing, Fight Night helps raise money towards the improvement of education in area schools. The fundraiser started in 1990 and has grown into a multi-million dollar event that brings out big players in sports, politics, and business.
 
Fight Night 2011 held on Thursday, November 10, was a grand affair that paid tribute to boxing’s greatest living legends. Gerry Cooney, James "Buster" Douglas, Larry Holmes, Jake LaMotta, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Aaron Pryor, Ernie Shavers, and Lou Duva were honored by the sell-out crowd. But the most notable fighter on the expected guest list was Joe Frazier, who passed away three days prior to the event of cancer. He was a regular at past Fight Nights and always a crowd favorite. The crowd paid a solemn tribute to the passing of a boxing goliath. Ring announcer Michael Buffer made a moving speech and a ten bell salute was given to one of the toughest men in all of sports.
 
After several auctions and live performances, most notably from the original Commodores, professional boxing took center stage. A battle of top young prospects saw  Emmanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (14-1, 10 KOs) from Baltimore, MD in a spirited fight with Prenice Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs) from Cleveland, OH. The scheduled 8-rounder got off to a slow start as both fighters fought cautiously in the opening round. Brewer may have landed the better shots in the exchanges but a hard round to score. Taylor put pressure on Brewer from the second round onward, moving forward with his hands held high. His tendency to follow Brewer rather than cut him off didn’t score well with judges. Rather than applying pressure with offense, he tended to get into position without following through with combinations. Although Taylor did land the more solid shots throughout the fight, he didn’t land enough to be decisive. Brewer was able to counter effectively and caused heavy bleeding from Taylor’s nose for most of the fight. The judges awarded a split decision to Brewer (77-75, 78-74 for Brewer, 77-75 for Taylor).
 
The second and final bout of the evening saw Jerron Cochran (4-0, 3 KOs) beat Jason Rorie (6-14-2, 3 KOs) in a unanimous decision. Cochran stayed with a disciplined textbook attack against Rorie, who tended to be wild at times. Cochran landed solid combinations and won convincingly.
 
From the Fight Night website (www.fightnightdc.com):
Fight For Children is an independent non-profit organization that recognizes, promotes, and cultivates quality education for low-income children in Washington, DC. Fight For Children also addresses the critical link between good health and improved academic performance. Our purpose reflects the goals of the organization’s  founder, Joseph E. Robert Jr., Chairman and CEO of J.E. Robert Companies: to ensure  that all children have the chance to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Prenice Brewer and Emmanuel Taylor battle it out
Prenice Brewer and Emmanuel Taylor battle it out
Prenice Brewer throws a left hook
Prenice Brewer throws a left hook


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