By Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: Jimmy Range
Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotion returned this past Friday to the Ameristar Casino in St. Louis, Missouri with a 8-bout card titled “Chaos” that showcased several up and coming local talents. The main event of the evening featured hometown heavyweight Ed Fountain who pummeled Alex Rozman from the opening bell to score a fourth round stoppage.
Fountain (6-0, 3 KOs) started off fast by establishing his jab but stepped up the pressure quickly as he recognized he could slip and counter his taller opponent with ease. Early in round one, Fountain landed a thunderous straight right that sent Rozman (2-4, 1 KO) to the canvas. Rozman beat the count but only to be knocked down for a second time with a hard right hook to the body. Rozman barely beat the count of referee Mike England as the round ended.
In round two, Fountain slowed the pace down but controlled the ring by establishing his right jab. The jab set up a quick and punishing right hook that staggered Rozman. Rozman was able move and clinch to stay on his feet. Rozman was more offensive during the third round however Fountain quickly took away any hope his opponent had by battering Rozman to the body.
Fountain seemed ready to end the bout in round four as he came out pressuring his opponent. Fountain landed a left hook-straight right combination that sent Rozman to the canvas for the last time. Fountain was awarded a TKO at 2:15 of round four.
Redkach destroys Brownfield
Lightweight contender Ivan Redkach destroyed Lowell Brownfield with a TKO at 2:46 of round three. Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) started out slow in round one allowing Brownfield (11-10, 4 KOs) to control the tempo however this quickly changed in the next round.
Redkach came out aggressively in round two rocking his opponent with continuous straight lefts and punishing body work. Redkach continued the pressure in round three and a crunching overhand right sent Brownfield to the canvas. However, in the excitement of the knockdown, Redkach landed an illegal punch while Brownfield was on the canvas.
Referee Mike England called time to allow Brownfield to recover. As each minute passed, tension built in the ring on whether Redkach would be DQ’ed. Fortunately Brownfield recovered and informed the referee that he was ready to continue.
Prior to starting the action, England deducted a point from Redkach. Redkach picked up right where he left off and landed an uppercut that sent Brownfield to the canvas for the final time. Redkach scored a TKO at 2:46 of round three.
Young knocks out Stimmel in One!
Outstanding amateur and native son Stephon Young looked impressive as he scored a first round knockout over Billy Stimmel in a featherweight four-rounder. Young (7-0-1, 3 KOs) kept his composure and displayed excellent foot movement to weather an early barrage of punches from Stimmel (1-2, 1 KO). Stimmel’s assault ended quickly and Young connected with a quick, hard straight left that sent his opponent flying across the ring. The time of the knockout was 1:25 of the opening stanza.
Young expressed to FightNews how happy he was with his performance and that he is excited to remain busy with a bout scheduled for January.
Cruz decisions Fahnestock
Junior welterweight Kent Cruz scored an impressive unanimous decision over Brian Fahnestock. Cruz (3-0, 2 KOs) used his superior footwork, lightning speed and combinations to control the entire bout. Cruz moved around ring in the early rounds landing with accuracy and power. Fahnestock (0-1) tried to slow Cruz down however nothing worked against the superior skills of Cruz. In the fourth round, Cruz increased the pressure and rocked Fahnestock with a body shot that sent him to the canvas. All judges scored the bout 40-35 for Cruz.
Harris outboxes Combs
In a grudge match between St. Louis middleweights, Lamar “The Prince of Pain” Harris scored a lopsided four round decision over Jeff Combs. Harris (8-10-3, 4 KOs) came out looking to prove a point against his Combs (1-6-1) as he started off fast and never let his foot off the gas. He punished Combs connecting with hard-hitting body shots throughout the bout. In round four, Harris lived up to his nickname of “The Prince of Pain” as he landed six unanswered body shots followed by a thudding overhand right that sent Combs to the canvas. All of the judges tallied the contest at 40-35.
More undercard action:
In a short but entertaining bout, the crowd was treated to an action packed welterweight battle between Chris Childers (2-0, 2 KOs) and Fierce Taylor (0-2-0). Early in round one, Taylor pressured Childers and was able to land several combinations that seemed to stun Childers. As the round continued, Childers began to slow Taylor down with clever foot movement and a stiff jab. Childers took control in round two as he connected with combinations. A series of punches by Childers pushed Taylor back against the ropes. Taylor had no answer for the unrelenting barrage and consequently Referee Mike England had no choice except to stop the bout. Childers was awarded a TKO at 1:12 of round two.
Heavyweight Nick Reeder was looking to get back on track after his first loss and he did exactly that with taking a unanimous decision over journeyman Dakota Tallbott. Reeder (4-1, 2 KOs) was able to move around the ring and land whatever he wanted as Tallbott (2-10) seemed slow and telegraphed most of his shots. All of the judges had the bout the same at 40-36 for Reeder.
Opening the show, Eduardo Alicea (4-2, 3 KOs) knocked out in two rounds Jake Constant (0-2) during a light heavyweight encounter. Alicea established his jab early which allowed him to land multiple combinations during the opening stanza. In the second round, Alicea moved his focus to the body of his opponent. Alicea drilled a hard left hook to the body and finished him off with a viscous right hook to the head that sent Constant crumbling to the canvas. Time of the knockout was 2:30 of the second round.