By Peter Lim
Heavyweight Steve Collins, (21-1, 15 KOs), was lucky to escape with an eight-round unanimous decision win over cross-town rival Billy Willis, (11-17-1, 9 KOs), at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Utilizing his hand speed, Willis was faster on the trigger with his left jab and controlled most of the bout with sharp combinations, while Collins loaded up on power punches he fired one at a time. Willis appeared to win the bout by a two-point margin, but the judges saw it otherwise and awarded the verdict to Collins.
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In other bouts, female junior welterweight Tiffany Junot, (7-2-1, 5 KOs), hit Jessica Grimes, (1-1, 1 KO), at will with straight punches from both hands before the one-sided bout was stopped a little over a minute into the first round.
Junior middleweight switch hitter Chase Shields, (29-2-1, 14 KOs), won a six-round split decision over a crafty and defensively sound Marcus Brashears, (7-13-1, 2 KOs).
New York-based Domincan Nagy Aguilera, (14-2, 9 KOs), stopped feisty but undersized heavyweight Jerod Johnson, (3-2, 3 KOs), in the first round.
Heavyweight Fred Allen, (2-0, 2 KOs), ambushed Brad Browers, (5-10, 5 KOs), with a two-fisted assault to the head and body before stopping him in the first round.
And junior welterweight Jimmy Guzman, trained by former Olympic gold medallist and two-division titleholder Frank Tate, made a successful pro debut with a shutout four-round decision over Edwin Solis, (1-1).
The event, tagged Fists of Fury, was promoted by Savarese Promotions, the fledgling outfit of former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese.