By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
Heavyweights Darlington Agha (9-0-1, 6KO) and Jamal Woods (4-11-3, 4KO) took center stage last night at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Paulie Ayala’s “Keep it in the Ring” fundraiser benefiting his own Punching out Parkinson’s and NewDay Services, a mission to end domestic violence. Agha and Woods kept it in the ring and after six back and forth rounds the fight ended in a unanimous draw, 57-57 from all three judges.
This was a rematch of their fight last June where the undefeated Agha won a six round unanimous decision. Woods was determined to change the outcome this time around and as he mentioned at the weigh-ins he was lighter at 239lbs while Agha was much heavier at 253lbs then their first go around. He was also confident, coming off a 1st round KO in his last fight.
In the first couple of rounds, Woods looked up to the task as he landed combinations to the head of Agha and seemed poised to outbox the slower, heavier Agha. By the third round, both fighters began to exchange inside where the shorter Agha started to land some shots, including an overhand right to the end the round.
In the 4th and 5th rounds, Agha was landing shots to the body that seemed to slow down Woods, although Woods would occasionally counter with powerful shots to the head. Agha kept plowing forward and although he never hurt Woods, he was taking the fight to him. A left hook by Agha to start the 6th and final round knocked the mouthpiece out of Woods, although Agha could not capitalize. Both guys went for the KO to the end the fight although neither had enough left in the tank to do any serious damage.
Co-Main Event DeAnthony Bonner vs. DeShaun Williams
In an entertaining lightweight battle in the co-main event, DeAnthony Bonner (6-1, 2KO) slugged out a 6 round unanimous decision over DeShaun Williams (5-16-1, 3KO). Williams took the fight to Bonner early landing several shots at the end of the 1st round. Bonner, however, was just getting warmed up as he started landing combinations against the game Williams the rest of the fight. In a rather bizarre sequence, Williams lost his marbles at the end of the 5th round that had everyone in the building disgusted, even Bonner who almost lost his after seeing this. After a brief timeout to clean the ring, Williams, to his credit, finished the round and the fight. All three judges scored it 60-54 for Bonner.
Johnathan Steele vs. Theodore Walters
U.S. Marine welterweight Johnathan Steele (3-0, 3KO) came out firing against the outgunned Theodore Walters (0-5) and stopped him against the ropes at 1:30 of the 1st round to earn the TKO victory. Walters took several unanswered punches leaving Referee Robert Chapa no choice but to call a stop to the action. Steele got his 3rd knockout in as many fights.
Larry Smith vs. Christopher Jones
In a battle of Dallas fighters, middleweight Christopher Jones (3-1, 2KO) was busier throughout four rounds to win a hard earned unanimous decision over Larry Smith (10-21-1, 7KO). Jones worked the body throughout the fight to slow down “Slo-Mo” Smith who took many hard shots from Jones but kept coming back and landed some nice combinations of his own. In the end, all judges scored it 40-36 for Jones.
Booker Arthur vs. John Paul Bonansinga
Welterweight Booker “Batman” Arthur (1-4) pounded John Paul Bonansinga (1-1) over 4 rounds to win a convincing unanimous decision 40-35 on all judge’s scorecards. Bonansinga, a MMA fighter also, had his moments in the 2nd round when he appeared to hurt Arthur sending him across the ring with a right hand, but it wasn’t enough to even win the round. Arthur dropped Bonansinga with a straight right in the 1st round for the only knockdown of the fight.
Ernesto Delgadillo vs. Leonardo Torres
In an entertaining opening bout to “Keep It in the Ring”, super flyweights Ernesto Delgadillo (1-0) and Leonardo Torres (4-6, 1KO) went toe to toe over four rounds. Delgadillo, a multi-time national amateur champion, got tested in his 1st pro fight but still came out with the unanimous decision. All judges scored it 40-36 for Delgadillo.
Prior to the main event, 2X World Champion Paulie Ayala, former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese, former NFL player Cedric James, 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated pro Errol Spence Jr and entertaining prospect Samuel Clarkson were introduced in the ring.