Photos: Scott Foster
Last Saturday night, RiteHook Promotions brought boxing to Pascagoula, Mississippi, a “blue collar” city of 22,000, and from the standing room only turnout, it seemed like the entire city showed up. In the main event, Terry Scott [20-5], a 49-year-old third generation boxer and Pascagoula Police Captain, hoped to give his young children a chance to see him in action as a professional.
Being that Scott had been out of the ring since 1994, more than half of the crowd was certain he would lose, but the crowd of over 1,200 people erupted when they heard the theme song from COPS, triggering a light system off a police cruiser situated above the ring. Scott’s opponent Tyrone Dowdy, who entered the ring wearing a Department of Correction jumpsuit hailed as a “COP KILLER,” sported a sub-standard record, but has gone many rounds with some very good fighters.
The first round started with the two fighters feeling each other out. Scott felt Dowdy out with his long jab off of a 6’5″ frame. There were little signs of ring rust as Scott was very light on his feet, with a style of boxing that looked common in the 80’s and 90’s. Scott managed to land a huge right hook on Dowdy and the crowd erupted late in the 1st round. The second and third rounds were all Terry Scott as he scored a standing eight late in the third. Round four was all Scott as well, and he was able to land several shots on his opponent in a final attempt to earn the KO. Scott won a unanimous decision in impressive fashion coming off of a 20 year layoff. After the fight Scott, who improved to 21-5 with 11 KOs, mentioned that he damaged his hand in round one before battling through the pain for three more rounds. Dowdy drops to 4-35, 3 KOs.
Also in action was ATR (Above The Rest) Regis “Rougarou” Prograis 8-0 in a rematch with Aaron Anderson. The result was the same, however, with Regis winning by fifth round TKO. The action started with Regis throwing perfectly place shots on Anderson, working his body with an old-school style. Anderson tried his best to fight him off, but Prograis was the simply the stronger fighter. Anderson did get a rise out of the crowd after landing 2 out of 3 exciting behind the back right hands on Prograis, but that was short lived. Eventually Anderson had enough and Regis secured the TKO. Regis has all the skills to be a world champion, and many see a big future for him at 135-145lbs.
Roy Jones Jr also had his fighter Eric “Baby Face” Johnson 2-0 on the card, although Jones Jr. did not attend as he was working the Cotto fight. Johnson entered the ring in style waving a flag with his entire camp surrounding him. He was matched against Phillip Hammac, a veteran of over 30 pro fights. When the bell rang you could immediately see the “Roy Jones Jr” style of boxing. Baby Face started fast and landed a monstrous body shot that looked like it really hurt Hammac. Johnson tried to finish Hammac off, but he managed to get out of the round. Johnson immediately engaged Hammac in the second, and while Hammac was a game opponent and showed heart, Johnson was just too much for him as referee Keith Hughes called a stop to the action, earning Johnson a 2nd round TKO. Roy has another solid fighter in his stable with Johnson.
Cameron Springer and Blayton Watson also scored TKO wins. John Turlington also won by four round UD.