We hope you enjoy the video from this event on August 15th, 2014
Event:Royal Oak Rumble
Event Time: Doors 6pm/All Ages on Friday August 15th
Game location: Royal Oak Music Theatre
Address: 318 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
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Promoters KP Boxing (George and John Kaltsas) along with matchmaker Carlos Llinas, staged an entertaining club show Friday night at the Royal Oak Music Theatre that had a little something of everything for the fans. Upsets, knockouts, a couple of wars, and even a ladies match. One would be hard pressed to find a person who didn’t feel like they had their money’s worth of boxing action this night.
In the main event local super middleweight Anthony Barnes made short work of late sub Darryl Fields of Akron. One big left hook from Barnes dropped Fields like a rock and although he managed to make it to his feet he was strolling down the proverbial “queer street” causing referee Ansel Stewart to wave it off at a mere 20 seconds of the first round. Young Barnes improves to (6-0, 5 KO’s) but is certainly ready for stiffer competition than what was offered this night. Hopefully next time around the promoters will have better luck securing a foe that can test and develop his skills. Fields is (0-5).
In another feature bout, Dewayne Zeigler and Tony Walker went toe to toe for nearly the entire four rounds as the lightweights battled to a split draw (39-37 each way and a 38-38 score). Zeigler hails from Montgomery, AL but has been making the Motor City his fistic home. Cincinnati’s Walker came to fight and after conceding the first round to Zeigler, really started to turn up the heat as both fired off punches in combos with speed and power. Walker seemed to stun Zeigler in the third and they really tore into each other in the final stanza. It seemed to this reporter that Walker might have won by a slim margin but the fight was close enough where a draw was not out of line. A rematch would be well received by all. Zeigler is (3-0-1, 3 KO’s), Walker is (5-5-2, 3 KO’s).
The other big knockout of the night came from Detroit’s Michael Portillo as he brought Shawano, Wisconsin’s Bernard Webster down with a crushing body shot that left the visitor grimacing on the canvas in obvious distress. Referee Ron Cunningham tolled the ten count at 1:45 of the first as Portillo improves to (3-0, 2 KO’s). Webster drops down to (1-1, 1 KO).
Former National Golden Glove heavyweight champion Craig Lewis of Detroit finally made his pro debut (he won the Glove title in 2008) with a smart tactical boxing exhibition over Holland, Michigan’s Ray Lopez. Lopez was game and kept trying but Lewis had superior skills and used them to his full advantage, scoring repeated jabs that kept Lopez at bay. This was a shutout although one judge somehow had an even score of 38-38 that was offset by the correct scores of 40-36 by the other two. With the majority decision Lopez declines to (4-11, 2 KO’s).
Cruiserweight Junior Wright of Chicago had an off night as he labored to outpoint Brooklyn’s Marlon Hayes (60-52, 59-51, 59-53) over six rounds. Veteran Hayes used all his tricks to frustrate Wright and prevent him from mounting a sustained attack of any note. During cliches and lulls in the action, Hayes carried on a dialog with Wright’s corner as well as a loud fan that added some comedic relief to the festivities. Hayes lost a point in both the fifth and sixth rounds as he began to tire and engage in holding. Wright just couldn’t get going and didn’t exhibit the necessary aggression to end this one before the final bell. Wright now (11-0-1, 9 KO’s) while Hayes moves to (23-15, 11 KO’s).
One of the other fights of the night saw an upset as Detroit’s Anthony Gallerani dropped a split decision to Chicago’s Carlos Alcala in a battle of bantamweights. This was a war from the first bell and Gallerani seemed to be getting the better of the exchanges until he got dropped by a rocket of a shot from Carlos near the end of the first. The tenure of the fight changed with Alcala landing the harder shots in the frequent punch swapping although Gallerani always kept battling back in this excellent contest. Matchmaker Llinas would do well to get these guys together again on a future show. The scores were 39-37 x 2 for Alcala, with Anthony copping the other 39-37 card. Hard luck and tough matched Alcala finally gets into the win column at (1-4). Gallerani tastes defeat for the first time (3-1, 2 KO’s).
In other matches: Detroit’s Dorrell Van Horn, Jr won a UD 4 (40-35 x 2, 39-36) over Chicago’s PJ Cajigas. Super middle Van Horn scored a knockdown in the first and both were cut from a clash of heads in the last round. Van Horn is now (5-0. 4 KO’s), Cajigas is (1-6-1, 1 KO). Leandre White received a majority nod (38-36, 37-36, 37-37) over Montgomery’s Quncy Brown. This one featured more wrestling moves than boxing although the knockdown White delivered in the first help seal his margin of victory, White now (7-0. 2 KO’s), Brown (1-2 (1 KO), middleweights. Ed Williams scored a knockdown in the first and went on to stop Benton Harbor’s Jose Araguz at 2:09 of the second with Araguz’ corner throwing in the towel. Junior middle Williams of Detroit improves to (6-0-1, 2 KO’s) while Araguz declines to (0-4). In the ladies match, Callie Cutler of Brighton made a successful pro debut in stopping Toledo’s Tiana Barber at 1:11 of the opening round. One hard shot to the gut made Barber turn and call it a night as she drops to (0-3).