By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, Shea Bailey Promotions along with KO Kings Productions presented a card which included would be hopefuls, road warriors, and local MMA fighters making their professional boxing debuts. The main event served its purpose as the most exciting boxing match Atlanta has seen in a while, pitting super bantamweights LeShaun “Lil Bossman” Blair (4-20) vs David Orosco (1-5) in a six round battle. Ignoring the records and pro fighting turmoil’s, both fighters came into the fight looking to score a victory at any cost. From the sound of the opening bell Blair and Orosco took turns controlling the action at a blistering pace. Orosco spent the round switching from southpaw to orthodox moving in and out as Blair was content to mix it up whenever his opponent would engage. Rounds one and two were identical; with little regard for punishment both fighter swung for the fences and connected vicious blows.
Much to the appreciation of the crowd the third round continued in a punching frenzy as both fighters took turns pinning the other against the ropes and letting off an onslaught of shots.
In the fourth Orosco began to dominate, working in and out of distance with fancy footwork. Although hurt on a few occasions, Blair did not succumb to the beating and continued to throw shots at every opportunity he could.
In the fifth and sixth round Orosco got the best of Blair and appeared to have him out on his feet, but once again Blair refused to give in and continued to throw flailing shots as he rested on the ropes. At the end, the crowd rose to their feet and acknowledged the effort with a standing ovation. All three judges scored each round closely for Orasco who scored his first victory with a 60-54 unanimous decision.
In the co-main, Winston “The Rochester Reaper” Mathis (6-0, 2 KOs) took a step up in his young career against road warrior (7-31-2, 2 KOs). Although Baker was the more experience fighter, Mathis proved to be too fast and elusive scoring a 6 round unanimous decision 60-54 twice and 59-60.
In other action:
Local journeyman, John “The Real Dig” Trigg (17-33-5, 5 KOs) won his 17th fight in 55 attempts with a tough fought battle against cross town rival Jamar “Sandman” Saunders (2-5-1, 1 KO). After being deducted two points in round 3 for an intentional head butt Saunders finished strong, but not strong enough. Trigg escaped with a split decision win with scores reading 57-55, 50-53 for Trigg, 57-55 for Saunders.
Erix Quinteros (2-3) survived a flash knockdown in round one at the hands of Timothy Hall (4-7, 3 KOs), and managed to outbox the his heavy handed opponent over four close rounds. All three judges scored it 38-37.
Local MMA attractions Clay Harvison (1-0, 1 KO) and Cale Yarbrough (1-0, 1 KO) had successful boxing debuts against overmatched opponents. Harvison defeated Valdez Eason (0-1) with a third round TKO at the 2:16 mark, while Yarbrough smothered and tattooed Anthony Mitchell (0-2) forcing Mitchell’s corner to throw in the towel at 1:46 of the third.
2004 Cuban Olympian Louis “La Estrella” Franco crushed Shante Fleming in the first round. After a standing eight count about a minute into round one, Franco peppered Fleming with hammering shots and dropped him with a left hook. After making it to his feet at the count of nine referee Jim Korb correctly stopped the fight at 1:41 of round one.