By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Chris Cuellar
The return of Detroit middleweight prospect Tony Harrison was a bit of a disappointment when opponent, Marcos Primera, offering almost no resistance in the way of offense, quit on his stool after two rounds. A disappointed Harrison was thus robbed of a real knockout and expressed his displeasure when the bell sounded for round three with referee Frank Garza waving the fight over.
Primera was in the ring for several minutes before Garza signaled that Harrison had two minutes to get in the ring. Harrison didn’t make the two minutes, but all was forgiven when he entered the ballroom of the venerable Masonic Temple accompanied by a very large train of rap-strutting noisemakers. Primera attempted head movement to avoid punishment; he didn’t come to fight.
The 15-0 Harrison deserves something more than a 6-round fight against the likes of Primera, but the room packed with a crowd in an almost party atmosphere cannot support better opposition with such a small venue unless ticket prices are jacked. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas will have a much better chance of bringing in a much more credible foe when Harrison returns to the area on October 17 at the Motor City Casino.
This evening’s (September 13) promotion, the second by Kaltsas Productions, was a comedown from a show in Taylor last year. 40+ vets Bronco McKart and Marlon Thomas had inept opposition in an inactive Dan Wallace and Vance Garvey in fights that were little more than sparring sessions. McKart couldn’t seem to do much with the loosey-goosey, floundering Wallace, who “fought” mostly out of corners, and finally succumbed in round four after three knockdowns. McKart looked to be in good shape, but one has the feeling that a (now) pre-club-fighting McKart would have executed his man in one or two rounds back in the day. As for the former fringe contender Thomas, he, too, looked to be in good shape, but seemed overly hesitant with a man, Vance Garvey, who is seemingly on every card as a tough, but non-offensive fighter who has lost every one of the dozens of rounds he has engaged in in Michigan rings. All three judges scored Thomas the 60-54 winner, scores that could have been mailed in advance of the fight.
After the fight, Thomas yelled that he wanted to fight McKart. Are you listening, Bronco? There would not be any big bucks in such a fight (McKart hasn’t had a money fight in southeast Michigan since losing his title, but then he hasn’t fought anyone either); even McKart admits that he doesn’t want to fight more than three more fights and that he wants to finish off his career in Monroe. How about a finale against Thomas? McKart would not be assured a win, but is there anything wrong with earning your victory?
The undercard: Detroiter Leandre “Blue” White, now 4-0, is a pickup of Jackie Kallen; he won a close 4-rounder against Delvery Wofford; The rest of the fights ended in knockouts: “Bebe” Garza, Detroit, 178 (up another seven pounds from a month ago) TKO1 Albert Hawkins, Battle Creek; Anthony Gallerani, 123, Livonia, TKO1 Lorenzo Barber, Toledo, OH; William McElroy, a mostly inactive Kronk boxer, TKO3 William Hill, another Detroiter; Jimmy Paul was in McElroy’s corner; and another Kronk boxer, Anthony Barnes, finally had his second fight, socked out Kenneth Schmitz by TKO1, with Hill apparently sustaining a broken rib.