By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Jose Mateo
On Sunday night in front of a standing room only crowd at the Mansion Élan just north of Atlanta GA, Route 30 Promotions successfully launched a new and exciting boxing series for boxing starved Georgia fans. The event was littered with notable boxers retired and active along with celebrities including R&B and pop start Usher. Also in attendance was 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder.
In the main event, light heavyweight Jaidon “The Don” Codrington (21-3 17KO) made quick work of Steve “The Spoiler” Walker (26-30 18KO). It was obvious from the opening bell that Codrington was going to use his boxing prowess to make it a quick night. As he followed Walker around the ring, Codrington landed a crisp right to the head that dropped walker to his knees. Walker survived the round, but was simply getting outclassed. In the second, Codrington continued the assault and landed a left to the body that immediately dropped his foe. Walker grimaced as he slowly rose to his feet. Capitalizing on the knockdown Codrington kept his composer and looked for another opportunity to land a hard shot. The opportunity came when he successfully pressed Walker against the ropes and landed a left uppercut to the forehead that dropped Walker again. After beating the count on wobbly legs, referee Jim Korb stopped the contest at 1:05 of round 2.
In the co-main event of the evening middleweight Quatavious “King” Cash (7-0 4KO) scored a unanimous 6 round decision over a crafty Dennis Williams (2-5 1KO). In the first couple of rounds, Cash pursued Williams around the ring looking to land hard shots. He was successful at times, but Williams was an awkward fighter who refused to engage and looked to survive most of the fight. It wasn’t until a tongue lashing from his new trainer Yahya McClain at the conclusion of round two that Cash starting putting combinations together. In the third Cash finally caught Williams with a nice left hook that wobbled his foe to the canvas. From then on Williams looked to hold and not engage with the more talented Cash. Although visibly frustrated with Williams’ antics, the young Cash remained composed and dealt with what was dealt. He went on to win a unanimous decision 60-54 on all cards. After the fight Cash told Fightnews.com, “I’m glad I won, but I wish I could have scored the knockout!”
In other action:
Meegal Harper (9-0 7KO) outgunned Leo Laudat (8-13 8KO) with a second round TKO at the 1:30 mark.
Pablo Velez 2-0 -1 2KO) scored a second round TKO at 2:12 over Perseus Givens (2-2 1KO)
Nate “Made In” Heaven (7-0 5KO) won a unanimous 4 round decision over Tobias Rice 4-8-1 2KO.