Williams, Holloway, Warren post big wins!
Report & photos by Frank Coleman
Saturday night, a loud and enthusiastic crowd of 4,137, witnessed an outstanding night of boxing as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, curator’s of the coast to coast “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” series and Cincinnati’s Tmax Events presented “3 The Hard Way” at the US Bank Arena.
In the co-featured main event, 2000 US Silver Medalist Ricardo Williams Jr., continued on his comeback trail after a three-year absence, winning his fifth bout in a row since last summer. Williams was scheduled for an eight round welterweight bout against Bronx, N.Y. native Harrison Cuello.
Both combatants spent the first two rounds staying on the outside, cautiously and only sporadically attacking each other. The slow moving, tension-filled two rounds were erased in round three as the southpaw Williams dropped Cuello with a crushing over hand left that sent him to the canvas hard.
Although allowed to continue, Cuello was clearly hurt, dropped again and finally for the last time at the 1:50 mark. Williams, who stated he can make 140 for the right fight, improved to 15-2-0 (8 KOs) while Cuello fell to 18-9-2 (14 KOs).
Holloway decisions Carrasquillo
Also headlining was Cincinnati native Rashad Holloway who faced off against Puerto Rican banger, Doel Carrasquillo, in an eight-round welterweight bout. Holloway, fighting for the first time since August started off slow and methodical against the awkward Carrasquillo who had fought an eight-round battle with Ricardo Williams in January.
With Carrasquillo being the aggressor, Holloway was content to stick and move, using his height and reach advantage to his advantage with a terrific jab along with short power shots as he got in close. After five similar rounds of boxing, Carrasquillo changed his approach, using a free swinging, much more physical attack which took Holloway most of the sixth round to adjust to.
The seventh and eighth were found at a very highly competitive and entertaining pace with each combatant looking to score big as the fight wore down.
Scorecards at the end, all for Holloway were 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75, improving his record to 10-1 (5 KOs) while Carrasquillo fell to 12-11-1 (10 KOs).
Warren outclasses Moss
In the only amateur bout of the evening, hometown Olympian Rau’Shee Warren outworked, outhustled and outclassed Derrick Moss of Cleveland over three rounds to earn the win. Warren is looking to the 2012 Olympics, which would be his third US Olympic team, having participated in the 2004 and 2008 games.
In an entertaining six round middleweight bout, Detroit’s James Countryman took on Houston native and MMA standout K.J. Noons. Countryman, the taller and stronger fighter, was able to impose his will as he worked his southpaw jab early, cutting Noons above the left eye. Noons, fighting in a sometimes awkward stance, was unable to mount a consistent attack as Countryman successfully peppered him throughout the fight.
With no knockdowns, scores at the end of six were 59-55, 58-56 and 58-56, all for Countryman who raised his record to 14-1 (8 KOs) while Noons moved to 8-2 (5 KOs).
Sensational lightweight prospect Terrance Crawford improved to 7-0 with four knockouts as the 21 year old made quick work of Indianapolis’ Lucas Rodas, dropping him twice before the bout was halted at the 1:52 mark of the first round.
Cincinnati heavyweight David Long, 6-1-1 (3 KOs) and Kelsey Arnold, now 1-1-2 (1KO) of Hurron, TN battled in an entertaining four round bout which was scored a draw by scores of 40-36, 37-39 and 38-38.
Flashy featherweight Jesse Carridine of Cincinnati battered and bloodied pro debuting Ramon Santos of Irvington, New Jersey prior to dropping him twice in the second, the last time for good at the 2:11 mark of the second round. Carridine improved to 3-0 (2 KOs).
Opening the evening, Russian heavyweight Nurpais Torobekov, now based in Cincinnati, had his way with Cleveland’s Rayshawn Myers for almost two full rounds before dropping Myers towards the end of the second round earning the stoppage. The win improved Torobekov’s record to 2-0-0 (2 KOs) while Myers fell to 2-3-0 (2 KOs).