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Cunningham, Paris Notch KOs

By Bob Ryder at ringside

Photo: Bob Ryder
Photo: Bob Ryder

Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham and Vernon Paris won by convincing stoppages in the featured contests on Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions latest promotion at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Friday night.

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Super middle Cunningham was matched with Ivan Ledon of Las Vegas via Cuba. Ledon utilized some good tactics to keep the fight fairly even for the first three rounds as Cunningham calmly boxed and probed for openings. Darryl came out in the fourth with extreme aggression that soon had Ledon bleeding from the nose and reeling in retreat. Cunningham was able to trap Ivan in a neutral corner where he pounded him until referee Gerard White stepped in to issue a standing eight. As White was completing the count, Ledon decided he was done for the night, and spat out his mouthpiece. When he refused to move to the center of the ring, White waved it off at 1:21. Cunningham improves to 17-2, 9 KO’s while Ledon dropped his ninth straight to fall to 12-10-1.

Junior welterweight Vernon Paris sporting a new green colored Mohawk hair cut looked very sharp in quickly dismantling Akron’s Damon Antoine with a vicious body attack. Paris, now 18-0-0-2 NC, 13 KO’s, knocked Antoine down twice in the opening round and nearly scored a third one, but Allen was able to make it to the bell. Didn’t matter however, as “VIP” went right back to work at the start of the second, dropping Damon with yet another gut shot at which point referee White stopped it at :41 without a count. Antoine declines to 9-29-2.

Hometown heavyweight Rich “Super” Power stayed undefeated (9-0, 6 KO’s) with a unanimous four round decision, 40-36 x 3 over Cincinnati’s Dione Craig (4-17-1). It looked like Power might add to his KO ledger early as he forced Craig back with some solid shots. Veteran Craig though, knew how to survive and as Power tired a bit, was able to keep things interesting and force the fight to the judges.

Alexis “Hurricane” Hloros showed excellent patience in stopping Toledo’s Jeremiah Jones at 2:14 of round three in a middleweight contest. Jones displayed good movement as Hloros pursued. Alexis kept walking him down until he managed to trap Jones along the ropes and unleash a solid head shot that dropped Jeremiah hard. Jones bravely got up at nine but referee Dale Grable wisely refused to let him continue. Hloros now 13-2, 10 KO’s, Jones 1-1-1.

Windsor, Canada’s Andre Gorges won a five round decision over Neopit, Wisconsin’s Dean Peters, Jr. by scores of 50-45, 49-46 x 2. Both seemed tentative, with often more stares than punches, but Gorges was sharper and more effective when they did exchange. Gorges moves to 9-1. 6 KO’s, Peters loses his first and goes to 1-1. Welterweights.

Featherweight Andrew Kooner overcame a cut near his left eye to take the nod over six rounds against Norman Allen of Toledo. Windsor’s Kooner was coming off a first round cut eye TKO loss in his last fight and had to be thinking “not again” when the blood started to flow early in the third round. He stayed steady and closed strongly dropping Allen for counts in both the fifth and sixth rounds to win by scores of 59-53 and 58-54 x 2 to go to 10-2, 4 KO’s. Allen stays winless at 0-5-1.

Detroit cruiserweights Walter Burns and Phillip Jewel opened the show with a wild swinging brawl that terminated with Jewel knocked out cold along the ropes at 2:02 of the fourth and final round. It took Jewel several minutes before he thankfully regained his feet. Burns 3-0, 3 KO’s, Jewel 4-6-1.

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