Chip Mitchell ringside…
James Hogan’s Ponytail Promotions hit the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia last night with an entertaining boxing card last night.
The ladies had their say on Saturday night as in the main event, undefeated Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson 11-0-2 kept her WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association World welterweight championship with a debatable decision over Arlene Blencowe 2-3. Scores were 96-94 twice for Nelson. The third judge had it 97-93 for Blencowe.
Blencowe, from Australia started out well as she buzzed Nelson and had her in trouble in round one. Nelson recovered and had her moments throughout the ten round affair. However, she seemed to have problems getting punches off and was outworked by Blencowe. Two of the only votes that mattered, however, went to Nelson and she remains champion. As we exited the ABC Sports Complex, I witnessed a heartbroken Blencowe crying a river while being consoled by her brain-trust. She has no reason to cry as she acquitted herself well enough to be declared victorious on my scorecard. It’ll be a long, tough road trip back to Australia after suffering such a loss. I’d like to see these women go at it again.
In the co-feature, Tyrieshia Douglas only needed 1:22 of the first round to capture the United States Boxing Union championship with a KO of Whitney Gunter. Gunter was never in the fight and was knocked down twice before a member of the commission entered the ring to advise the referee to end the fight. The new champion Douglas moves to 6-0 (2 KOs), while Gunter falls to 0-2.
In the cruiserweight division, Travis Reeves 7-2 (3 KOs) took on Ariel Espinal 8-25 (4 KOs). I’ve met Travis and he’s a very likable young man. Espinal, from Brooklyn had a physique that favored George Foreman… the come-backing George that is.
Despite his worse than lackluster record, Espinal came to win. He landed a solid right hand that got Reeves attention early. However, Reeves landed at will and outworked Espinal in each round, finally dropping him in the third. The referee stepped in and felt Espinal had enough.
There also was a light welterweight matchup between Seth Billups 4-0 (3 KOs) and Ty Felton (pro debut). Felton caught Billups early in round one and dropped him. Billups returned the favor and floored Reynolds later in the round. Billups went on the attack early in the second, finally icing Reynolds with a sneak right hand. The time was 1:14 of round 2. The winner: Seth “Killer B” Billups.
Also up were Henry Goss and Anthony Dave in a super featherweight matchup. Dave (0-4), 3 losses by KO was looking for his first victory. Goss (3-3, 2 KOs) returned after nearly a five year absence.
In a fight that saw back and forth action while still being fought very sloppily (mainly Goss lunging with wild shots)- the verdict was a majority draw. One judge had it 40-36 for Dave. That judge was overruled by the two others who had it deadlocked at 38-38.
Boxing will be back in Springfield very soon.