By Damien St. Pierre/gulfcoastboxing.com
It took rising heavyweight Fred Kassi a couple of rounds to warm up Saturday night at the Les Bonano promoted event at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, but when he did he made it count. The southpaw stance of Tampa, Florida’s Moises Droz (13-9) took a while to figure out for New Orleans, Louisiana heavyweight Kassi. The opening round saw both fighters in the “feeling out” process, which resulted in multiple stance changes by both fighters. The 2nd round was most of the same but a little more action. Towards the end of round 3 Kassi saw and opening and attacked. Kassi repeatedly snapped the 245lb Droz’s head back with powerful shots. Droz would go down from a flurry of shots. He would then get back up to one knee and take the full 10 count from the official. With the win Kassi moves to 15-1 and has now won 3 straight bouts since his lone setback.
Fan favorite Bobby O’Bannon (8-2) of Mobile, Alabama made quick work of Georgia native Wes “Tiger” Taylor (7-15). The time of the stoppage was 1:20 of the very first round. Taylor was given a standing 8 count then was dropped shortly after. The bout was scheduled for 6 rounds.
In a battle of “Hills” Bobby won a majority decision over David. Bobby Hill (1-3) of Biloxi, Mississippi won his first professional boxing match in 4 tries over debuting Pensacola, Florida native David Hill (0-1). Bobby controlled the first 3 rounds of the bout but was dropped in round 4 to make the score cards close. Scores read 38-37, 38-37, 38-38 giving the majority decision to Bobby Hill
Geni Taylor (2-0) and Jasmine Patton (0-1) fought to a very close decision as amateur boxers, tonight they met again as professionals. In the amateurs Taylor got the win and tonight was no different. Taylor stalked her way to a 4 round unanimous decision. Geni was simply the busier and more aggressive fighter throughout. Scores were 40-36 across the board; neither fighter was ever in any danger.
In female action Columbus, Mississippi’s Cassandra Lindsey (3-4) upset previously unbeaten April Ward (4-1) of Batesville, Arkansas. Ward came in with a 100% knockout ratio, but tonight she was on the receiving end of most of the powerful blows. Lindsey landed a left hook early in the opening round that put Ward to the canvas, but Ward was also hit with shots while she was on the ground so a point was taken by referee Keith Hughes. Ward came on strong at the start of the 2nd round as Lindsey tired. Round 3 saw Lindsey take over again landing her left hook at will, Ward did not go down but was visibly hurt. With a bleeding mouth and a heavily swollen right eye Ward’s corner decided she could not answer the bell to start round 4.
Starting off the night in an absolute brawl was a pair of unbeaten boxers. New Orleans, Louisiana middleweight Marcus McDaniel (2-0) proved to be too much for Columbus, Mississippi’s Cleoney Fouqua (1-1). McDaniel started off fast and looked to make quick work of his opponent, but Fouqua showed great heart and a strong chin. McDaniel won all 4 rounds on all three judges’ scorecards but it was in no way shape or form an easy win for McDaniel as Fouqua did his part and made most of the rounds close