By Peter Lim
A Russian version of Mike Tyson was unveiled in the form of 22-year-old power punching cruiserweight Medziah, who goes by just one name, at the Stafford Center on the outskirts of Houston. Trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist and former two-division world titleholder Frank Tate, Medziah made a successful pro debut by knocking out Louis Webster, (0-1), at 1:12 of the third round. Although Tate was one of the best exponents of the left jab in his hey-day, it is a weapon thus far absent from Medziah’s arsenal. Instead, Medziah’s preference is to hide behind a peekaboo defense and dip under incoming blows before unloading explosive punches with both fists, a mode of combat uncannily reminiscent of Tyson in his destructive prime.
Webster circled the ring and managed to deflect most of Medziah’s bombs for two rounds but was caught flush with a huge overhand right n the third that dropped him face first for the full count. Medziah claims to have no amateur experience although he has two MMA bouts under his belt.
One-punch knockouts turned out to be the order of the night. In the main event, light heavyweight Alfonso Lopez remained undefeated at (18-0, 15 KOs), after flattening Tiwon Taylor (26-18-1, 19 KOs), with an overhand right to the head midway through the second round.
Also undefeated at light heavyweight, Terrence Woods knocked out southpaw Brandon Singleton with a picturesque lead left hook to the cheek early in the second round. In other fights, Fernando Castenada, (5-4, 1 KO), stopped Josh Burns, (3-8-5, 1 KO), with a flurry of punches in the fifth round in a welterweight bout. And junior welterweight Ivan Castenada, (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Deshaun Williams, (0-1), over four rounds. Billed Evening of Boxing, the event was staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions.