By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In a clash of former Contender: Season One alums, WBC/USNBC super welterweight titleholder Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) won by ninth round TKO over Jonathan Reid (34-12, 19 KOs) when Reid did not come out of his corner after completion of the 9th round on Saturday night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
In the co-feature, lightweight DeMarcus Corley (36-11-1, 20 KOs) won a unanimous eight round decision over Harrison Cuello (18-12, 14 KOs). Scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73.
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Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange scored a ninth-round TKO over Jonathan Reid of Nashville, TN to successfully defend his WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title Saturday night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.
Both boxers mixed boxing and brawling throughout the contest. Lange was more successful landing the left jab but Reid took control at times when the bout became more of a brawl.
Lange dropped Reid with a right hand in the fourth round to take control of the contest. Lange remained in command through most of the fight, pounding Reid’s left cheek, until round five when Reid succeeded in giving him a bloody nose. Throughout this fight, both fighters were warned against holding and, despite several orders to obey his commands, referee Joe Cooper was forced to deduct one point from both boxers. As the bout wore on, Reid was having trouble seeing out of his right eye. Lange dropped Reid with a overhand right late in the eighth round. After surviving the ninth, the Reid corner stopped the contest with their boxer on the stool.
“He just kept coming. He was very tough,” said Lange of his “Contender–Season One” teammate. With the victory, Lange is now 31-3-2, 21 KO’s while Reid is now 34-12, 19 KO’s.
In the co-feature, former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley made a strong and successful return to the Beltway region, winning by eight-round unanimous decision over Harrison Cuello of Albany, NY.
Corley dropped Cuello in the first round with a left hook. Cuello was able to survive the knockdown but Corley maintained control throughout the contest. Whenever Corley did land more shots Cuello would usually shake it off with some sort of dance, daring Corley to try it again. Corley, who came who came to ringside astride a motorcycle followed by his children who wore motorcycle helmets, was unfazed by Cuello’s antics.
Corley, who was fighting in the greater DC area for the first time in almost five years, won by scorecards of 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. Corley has won five of his last six bouts and is now 36-11-1, 21 KO’s while Cuello is 18-12, five KO’s.
This card also had what will probably end up being the Knockout of the Year in the DC/MD/VA region. Columbia, MD middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter scored a vicious, one-punch, referee-didn’t-even-bother-to-count knockout over Prince Frederick, MD’s Keith Gross.
Gross came out charging against Jeter from the opening bell and tried to land a punch. Once Gross gave Jeter some space, the right hand from Jeter landed and dropped Gross quickly to the canvas. Referee Chris Wollesen immediately waved the bout off at 1:22 of the round.
Jeter is now 8-2, seven KO’s while Gross, who suffered his second straight first-round knockout loss, is now 3-2, one KO.
In women’s action, Manassas, VA featherweight “The Bolivian Queen” Jennifer Salinas survived a late-bout knockdown to win a six-round split decision over Caitlin Dance of Louisville, KY.
Salinas had difficulty with her much taller opponent, however Dance did not use her height fully to her advantage. Instead of using her jab, Dance chose to smother Salinas, who held her ground with a series of timed counterpunches, scoring several direct hits.
Dance, however, did land a punch that made Salinas stumble and fall. Although the Salinas camp thought it was a slip, Referee Michelle Myers called it a knockdown. That was enough to sway judge Mark D’Antonini, who scored the bout for Dance, 58-56. Judges Brian Costello and Joe Gradowski, however, scored the bout 58-56 and 57-56, respectively for Salinas, whose record rises to 11-1, three KO’s. Dance is now 2-6, one KO.
There was a slight surprise in the card as undefeated Arlington, VA lightweight “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal was held to a six-round draw by rugged journeyman Richard “Tiger” Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC.
Hall launched some ferocious attacks, constantly trying to turn up the heat. Jargal’s punches and overall attack remained the same throughout most of the fight, however in the closing rounds he did take a few stumbles and suffered a cut on his right eyebrow.
Jargal remains undefeated at 13-0-2, nine KO’s. Hall is now 12-21-3, 10 KO’s.
Also on the card, Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson won a four-round unanimous decision over “The African Warrior” Francois Ambang of Richmond, VA. This is the second time Johnson has beaten Ambang in his career.
These heavy-hitters went all four rounds with Johnson landing several hooks to the face whereas Ambang would occasionally spring out from up against the ropes, trying to go under Johnson’s long reach. But Johnson was able to win a comfortable decision.
Johnson remains undefeated at 7-0, three KO’s while Ambang is 2-4.
DC welterweight Kendrick “Holy Hands” Walker and Richmond’s Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton fought to a four-round draw. This bout saw Shelton clearly overpowering Walker in the first two rounds. However, Walker immediately turned the tables in the closing rounds with several direct hits that sent Shelton flying across the ring at one point.
Shelton is now 2-1 with one draw to his credit. Walker is now 2-2-2, one KO.
In the curtain-raising contest, Columbia, MD middleweight Barry Trotter won a four-round unanimous decision over a very game Tracy Brewer of Arlington, VA. Brewer, taking most of the punishment through this fight, stayed cheek-to-cheek with Trotter who continued to dish out those uppercuts in what turned out to be a very close-quarters fight. Trotter dropped Brewer in the third round as both men traded right hands. The knockdown sealed the victory for Trotter.
Trotter is 2-0 while Brewer suffers his first loss and he is 3-1, one KO.
The card was promoted by ICE Promotions, led by Jackie Kallen. The matchmaker was JD Brown. Among the boxing luminaries in attendance were former middleweight world champions Keith Holmes and William Joppy and current three-time world champ Paul “The Punisher” Williams