By Sam Geraci at ringside
In the main event of Bobby Hitz Promotions Fight Night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, longtime heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (35-7, 23 KOs) of Chicago, IL, defeated rugged journeyman Robert Hawkins (23-20, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, via 7th round TKO when Hawkins retired on the stool after the seventh. Oquendo controlled the action with his jab, movement, and thudding body shots and scored two knockdowns in the third with body combinations and stunned Hawkins several times. After the fight, Oquendo expressed that he was content with his performance and is hoping to land a fight with a top heavyweight.
“I needed to get the extra rounds. My goal was to go to the body and outclass him with my skills and it worked. I want anybody in the top fifteen. Bring it.” Oquendo said immediately after the fight.
Mike Kurzeja (6-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago, IL, defeated Gerald Taylor (5-4-2, 2 KOs) of Chicago, IL, via unanimous decision for the “World Senior Boxing Council” championship in a competitive brawl between local “good guys” by three scores of 60-53.
In what on paper most fight fans and writers thought would be the best fight of the night, the cruiserweight bout between previously unbeaten fighters Dimar Ortuz (5-0, 4 KOs) of Chicago, IL, and Donta Woods (8-1, 7 KOs) of Atlanta, GA, did not disappoint. In an all-out six round slugfest, Ortuz overcame his biggest test to date in muscling and gutting out a unanimous decision with scores of 58-54, 57-55, and 58-55. The fight was even until the sixth when Ortuz scored two knockdowns with a flurry of punches.
In a lightweight bout, Frank Scalise (4-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago, IL, overwhelmed Randy Ronchi (0-5) of Superior, WI, who appeared to lack any boxing skills, via first round TKO with a left hook. All of Ronchi’s losses have come by knockout.
Hugo Guarneros (3-10-1, 3 KOs) of Veracruz, MX, pulled off a minor upset in the local welterweight scene by defeating Johnny Lewus (26-5-1, 21 KOs) of Chicago, IL, via second round TKO because of a deep cut above the left eye of Lewus. Guarnero controlled the action throughout with his reach and right hand and appeared to be well on his way to a stoppage before the fight was stopped in between the second and third.
In a surprisingly competitive heavyweight bout that brought the crowd to its feet several times, local fan favorite David Martin III (6-0-1, 5 KOs) of Hammond, IN, fought through a cut above his right eye to pull off a come from behind majority draw against the surprisingly athletic and skillful Joshua Clark (1-1-1, 1 KOs) of Lexington, KY, with one score of 59-55 for Martin and two scores of 57-57. Martin carried the first with his dynamic hooks but appeared to be confused and outworked until the fifth when he began to land his hooks again, which carried the fifth and sixth.
In his first step up in class, super middleweight (168lbs) Paul Littleton (4-0-1, 4 KOs) of Chicago, IL, appeared to have established himself as a legitimate prospect by outworking the crafty Darnell Wilson (9-1-3, 7 KOs) of Lafayette, IN, over six hard-fought rounds en route to a decision. When the scores were announced, however, the fight was ruled a draw with scores of 58-56 for Wilson, 59-55 for Littleton, and 57-57. While each round was competitive, Fightnews scored the bout 59-55 for Littleton. In 2004, Wilson lost a ten round unanimous decision to light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson.
In the first bout of the evening, which took place at light heavyweight (175lbs), Simon Buettner (2-0, 2 KO) of Carpentersville, IL, overwhelmed Mike Reiter (0-3) of Mukwonago, WI, with body combinations to score a TKO at 2:16 of the first round. Referee Kurt Spivey called a halt to the bout after Buettner scored his fourth knockdown; combinations to the body caused all knockdowns.