By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Tony Jeter officially weighed in for Saturday Night’s fight at 158.5 lbs. 1 lb lighter than his opponent, Tyrel Brown, but in the ring, it looked like a welterweight fighting a super middleweight. Jeter however, showed that size made no difference as he chopped down the bigger Brown over the course of 4 1/2 rounds, knocking out the Oklahoma native at 1:50 of the 5th round of their scheduled 8 round fight. The bout was the main event of Jeter’s self-promoted card at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD.
It was questioned by some at ringside if Brown would be too much of a risk for Jeter, who provided he won the fight, would be fighting Jimmy Lange on October 27th in Fairfax, VA. Brown came into the fight with a record of 7-2, with all of his victories coming by way of KO, and some consider Jeter’s chin to be suspect. Jeter answered all of those questions early, by taking the fight to the bigger Brown from the opening bell. Jeter controlled the action by continuously pummeling Brown’s body with his left hand, almost at will, hurting him with it in the second round. Brown however, didn’t show up for just a payday, and tried to force the action from the center of the ring, to the ropes, and turn it into a brawl. His success in doing that was marginal at best. Brown was able to land some solid punches, but his hardest combination of the night, a right hook/left hook combination square off Jeter’s chin in the 4th round, didn’t phase his opponent. It was that 4th round that produced the best back and forth action of the bout, as both fighters traded punches along the ropes with one another, until the bout was momentarily stopped as an accidental clash of heads opened cuts on both fighters. Jeter had a small cut above his left temple, while Brown was examined by the ringside doctor to check on the more serious cut, above his left eye. Action was allowed to continue, and both fighters had the crowd screaming as they ended the round with a good flurry of punches, where defense was momentarily put on the back burner.
As action rolled into the 5th round, Jeter turned into a one-man wrecking crew as he was finally able to drop Brown with 4 vicious, unanswered overhand rights. Brown, hurt and dazed, was able to beat the count, but Jeter smelled blood and landed another series of unanswered blows forcing referee Bill Clancy to step in and save the defenseless Brown at 1:42 of the round.
With the win, Jeter improves to 14-3-1 (10), while Brown drops to 7-3 (7).
Baltimore, MD Jr. Middleweight Daniel Cannady scored his first KO victory as a pro, stopping Washington, D.C.’s Issa Coulibaly in the 4th round of a scheduled 4 rounder. Time of the stoppage was :49. The stoppage may have been a bit premature as Coulibaly was getting hit with punches, but never seemed hurt, and was fighting back. In any event however, it goes down as a TKO for the Baltimore native who goes to 2-0 (1) in his young pro career, while Coulibaly drops to 0-3.
Heavyweight Duane Mobley improved to 5-0 (4) with a 2nd round TKO over outmatched David Flemming. Flemming (2-2, 1KO) was down twice in the second round. The first coming from a right hand, and the second also came from a right hand that dropped Flemming on his back, and the fight was immediately waived off at 1:13 of the round.
Middeweight Elias Bouloubassis, improved to a record you don’t see too often after 13 pro fights, 8-0-5 (6), with a 6th round stoppage over Stephen Franklin (1-9-1, 1KO). Time of the TKO was 2:30 of the round.
In the walkout bout of the evening, welterweight James Stevenson improved to 16-0 (11) with a first round destruction of Dontre King. Stevenson ended the fight with an overhand right that knocked out King 1:50 into the opening stanza.