By Jose E. Santiago
Friday night at the inaugural opening of “The Pit”, a venue owned and operated by Yahya McClain’s Absoloot Boxing/Promotions, Atlanta’s Will “Young Picasso” Farley (3-0 2KOs) remained undefeated as he was thrown in tough against cross town rival Jamar “Sandman” Saunders (2-3-1 1KO) from Lost Mountain GA in a 6 round Jr. Welterweight contest.
Both fighters had sparred in the past so the conventional feeling out process was not necessary and evident as they both came out counterpunching effectively. It appeared in the first two rounds that Farley would have an easy night often avoiding his counterparts shots and using his speed and mobility to counter effectively. At one point in the third, Farley appeared to have hurt Saunders with a counter overhand right but after a brief clinch Saunders recovered.
Saunders made things real interesting in the fourth and fifth rounds as he appeared to be in better shape than his opponent and confused Farley by switching to the unorthodox south-paw stance. Farley had little answer for Saunders’ new approach and often got caught with right hooks and straight lefts.
The fight was hanging in the balance going into the 6th and final round. Just as Saunders appeared to have the momentum with his south-paw effectiveness he mysteriously switched back to orthodox. Farley capitalized and won the round by simply outboxing Saunders. Judges scored 58-57 and 58-56 twice.
In other action, cruiserweight and Cleveland OH native Jabir “The Bear” Basit (3-0 3KO) scored a crushing 2nd round KO over debuting Anthony “Cruiser” Mitchell from Atlanta GA. Basit, the clear favorite in the fight, had trouble with Mitchell’s unconventional style and mobility. Basit was simply not aggressive enough which ensued an “Absoloot” tongue lashing from his chief trainer Yahya McClain in between rounds. Basit responded well to his trainer and came out moving forward landing shots at will. At the :59 mark of round number two, Basit let out an onslaught of shots to the head and body capitalized by a crushing overhand right. As Mitchell crumbled in the neutral corner, referee Brian Stutts immediately stopped the action.