By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Arlington, VA lightweight “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal scored an easy first-round TKO over late sub and former IBF Featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken of Washington, DC Thursday night at the annual Fight Night charity boxing event at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Jargal dropped Aiken twice in the round with right hands before referee Joseph Cooper stopped the contest at 2:24 of the round. The win was Jargal’s third Fight Night victory of his career and gave him the “Fight For Children” title for this year. Jargal’s record is now 17-3-3, 11 KOs. Aiken suffers his second straight first-round knockout loss and is now 16-10-1, 12 KOs.
In other bouts on the card, DC light heavyweight Greg Newby showed very accurate punching and good power en route to a third-round stoppage over Steven "Too Sharp" Tyner of Akron, OH. Newby's battering opened cuts in Tyner's nose and mouth that the ringside physician could not stop. Newby is now 2-0, two KOs while Tyner falls to 3-8-2, two KOs.
In the opening contest, Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest won a four-round unanimous decision over a very game Brice Ritani of Las Vegas, NV by way of New Zealand. Forrest also showed solid accuracy against a bigger boxer who just wasn't going anywhere. Forrest did manage to open cuts on the nose of Ritani. All three judges saw Forrest pitching a shutout, 40-36. Forrest is now 2-0, one KO while Ritani loses for the first time in his career and he is now 3-1-1, three KOs.
This was the 23rd edition of this charity event but the first without its founder, Joseph E. Robert, Jr., who passed away on December 7. Raul Fernandez of the Fernandez Foundation served as chairman this year with Joseph E. Robert, III acting as honorary chair. The event raises money for numerous children's charities in the Washington, DC area.
MC Hammer gave a live performance of some of his great hits including "Too Legit to Quit "and “Pumps and a Bump.” Hammer performed his signature song "U Can't Touch This" with the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders.
During the live auction, the main prize was a Washington Nationals package that included two 2013 season tickets where the seats are in a luxury box, a trip to spring training, two chats with Nats General Manager Mike Rizzo, participation in a pre-game batting practice session and a chopper motorcycle with the Nats logo and autographed by the starting lineup. The winning bid was $100,000.
Former world champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini was inducted into the Fight Night Hall of Fame. Copies of his new autobiography, "The Good Son" were given to each attendee as the major prize in each goodie bag.
Among the many luminaries in the crowd were the last three DC Mayors -- Anthony Williams, Adrian Fenty and current mayor Vincent Gray -- along with At-Large councilmember Michael Brown (a former member of the DC Boxing and Wrestling Commission), and Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans. Also spotted were DC School Superintendent Kaya Henderson and former University of Maryland basketball legend, Olympic gold medalist, NBA player and US Representative in Congress, Tom McMillen.
Next year's Fight Night is slated to be held on November 14. The chairman will be Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, who will be the main sponsor of the event.