Note: McKinney’s record corrected. On Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, local heavyweight Jonathon Haggler took another step towards getting into the world rankings. Haggler now 23-3, 17 KOs outworked veteran Dennis McKinney for the first four rounds then knocked him out with a massive left hand at the 1:38 mark of the fifth round. This win allowed Haggler to claim the Universal Boxing Council (UNBC) Americas Championship. McKinney falls to 26-52-2 and has lost 19 of his last 20 with 8 straight losses.
In other action Middleweight Lamar Russ continued his winning ways and stayed undefeated moving to 6-0 6KO’s beating tough journeyman Ugandan Robert Kamya by way of Knockout in round 3 of a scheduled six round bout. This was supposed to be the fight where Russ was to be tested however Russ showed that his pedigree is above that of average fighters.
Winston-Salem Heavyweight Corey Winfield improved his record to 4-5 (3KO’s) with a four round unanimous decision win over Philadelphia’s Hassan Lee 1-2. Winfield dominated the action throughout and hurt Lee with in the second and third round with body and head shots. Winfield won 40-36, 39-37 and 39-37.
Greensboro Welterweight Steve ‘Bizness’ Matthews won his pro debut against ring veteran Walter Speight who is now 3-8 (2KO’s). Matthews used his slick boxing skills and superb defensive skills to totally outbox and outclass the rugged Speight over four rounds. The scores were unanimous 40-36 for Matthews on all three judge’s scorecards.
In the opening bout of the evening Winston-Salem Middleweight Steven Williams won a four round unanimous decision against game Kevin Jordan of Mt. Airy. Both men gave as good as they got for the first two rounds before Williams power took over in the bout. Williams physically dominated the last two rounds to get the win 40-36 on two cards and 39-37 on the other. Williams moves to 2-0, while Jordan falls to 1-2.
The card was promoted by Walter Johnson.