By Bob Ryder at ringside
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Photos to come Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham continued his climb with an impressive 4th round TKO of Moline, Illinois’ Ted Muller in the main event of Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions latest presentation at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Saturday night. Super middleweight Cunningham again showed his improved punching power, knocking down Muller hard in the 1st round coming out of a clinch and then sending Ted to the deck again in the 4th. Muller got up but was taking punishment against the ropes when referee Ron Cunningham waved it off at 1:25 of the round. Cunningham improves to 14-2 (8) while Muller goes to 19-15 (9) in dropping his 8th straight.
Many in the sold out crowd were there to support hometowners Rich “Super” Power and Alexis “Hurricane” Hloros. Both did not disappoint in scoring big 1st round wins. Heavyweight Power kept his record perfect at 6-0 (6) by stopping Chris Price, 2-1 (1) at 2:13. Price momentarily gave Power some difficulty but once Rich landed several big uppercuts it was over. Middleweight Hloros, 10-2-2 (8) won his 9th straight in kayoing Bay City’s Mike Walthier 3-6 (3) in just 1:12.
Detroit’s Frank “Spiderman” O’Neal, 9-1 (2) won a 4 round majority decision by scores of 38-38 and 39-37 twice over Aaron Anderson, 0-4 of Knoxville TN in a battle of lightweights. Hard luck Anderson can fight but has been matched tough early, losing all his fights against more experienced hometown opposition.
Welterweight Andres Gorges, 6-0 (5) had to travel the full distance for the first time in taking the unanimous 4 round decision over Guy Packer, 3-22 of Battle Creek. Scores were 40-33, 40-34, 40-34. Packer provided a challenge for Gorges early on but Andres kept the pressure up, scoring 2 final round knockdowns via body shots to win going away. Gorges hails from Windsor, Ontario, Canada just across the border from Detroit.
Another Windsor native (via Lebanon) Ali “The Bomb” Mansour improved to 3-0 (1) in stopping Davenport, Iowa’s Guadalupe Diaz, 2-4 (2) at 1:31 of the 1st round. Referee Steve Daher stopped the heavyweight contest when Diaz did not respond properly after getting up from the 2nd knockdown he suffered in the short contest.
Greg Chrisopher Coverson 2-1 (1), son of former contender Greg “Candyman” Coverson, won a 4 round unanimous decision over Mike Fitzgerald 0-3, of Battle Creek. Fitzgerald lost his mouthpiece in every round finally causing referee Ron Cunningham to deduct a point in the final stanza. Coverson fights as a lightweight out of the Motor City as did his father.
A “stay busy” fight for fringe heavyweight contender Travis Walker, 30-2-1 (24) of Houston, TX almost turned into a disaster as he was knocked down in the 1st by an aggressive Marvin Hunt, 12-23-1 (5) of Jackson, TN. Walker got up with fire in his eyes and stormed back to pound away at Hunt until referee Steve Daher halted the contest at 2:23 of the opening round.
Lightweight Joel Flores 1-0 (1) won his pro debut in :29 in hammering Dustin Cooley 0-3 and forcing him to take a knee where he told referee Cunningham that he had seen enough of Flores for the night. Flores hails from Muskegon, Cooley from Battle Creek.