By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Harrington Raceway and Casino, Salisbury Maryland’s Alex Guerrero (7-0-1, 4KOs) took another step up the cruiserweight ladder with a one sided second round stoppage of thirty five fight veteran Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas (17-16-2, 14KOs) in the four round main event of the evening.
Guerrero, the older brother of Alex Guerrero seemed relaxed right from the opening moment, snapping sharp jabs which opened up several tight combinations. Thomas of Chicago, Illinois tried to step back and counter but the Salisbury natives’ defense was tight and he began to time his opponents advances. Guerrero timed one of those advances late, in the opening round and sent Thomas reeling to the ropes from an overhand right. Guerrero tried to end it and was battering him in the closing seconds, but the bell to end the round temporarily saved him.
Thomas still hurt from the closing moments of the first round, went on the bicycle and jabbed, hoping to take the confidence away from Guerrero but he calmly walked him down with several combinations. The outgunned Thomas began to find himself fighting more with his back to the ropes due to the constant pressure and was forced to trade with Guerrero. It would be a big mistake as Guerrero hurt him with a big overhand right on the button. Guerrero sensed the end was near and began to batter him as he covered in the closing moments. The bell sounded to end the round, and Thomas gingerly walked back to his corner, puffed up and clearly still in bad shape. The ringside physician stepped up and took a look at him and immediately waved the fight off. The official time of the technical knockout was three minutes of the second round.
“I knew the key would be working of my jab and head movement,” said Guerrero. Who upped his record to 7-0-1, with four of those victories by way of knockout. “He had power in his right hand, but I do too and I was quicker and more precise. I am going right back in the gym and will hopefully be right back in the ring as soon as possible.”
Guerrero seems to be improving with every fight and could be one of the rising stars of the cruiserweight division.
In the co-feature of the competitive seven bout card promoted by A&D Promotions, Cleveland, Ohio junior middleweight prospect Michael Moore remained undefeated with an impressive four round unanimous decision victory over a gritty West Virginian, Wes Lane.
Moore looked like he was going to make an early night of it in the opening round, landing several bombs on the chin of Lane, but his chin was sturdy and he would clinch and try to fight on the inside. The crowding by lane continued throughout and he did have a few moments, but Moore had the cleaner and more powerful combinations throughout to easily capture the unanimous decision victory by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-36 respectively.
Michael Moore moves to 9-0, 6KOs while Wes Lanes dips to 3-3, 3KOs.
Local cruiserweight Lamont “The problem solver” Singletary of Dover Delaware blew the local crowd away in his debut with an explosive second round knockout of Cleveland Ohio’s David Burns (0-2).
Singletary and Burns traded in the early going and it looked like it would cause an early knockout but both fighters could not land the telling blow in the opening round. The second round was much different as the heavier handed Singletary found and more stationary Burns with a bug left right combinations and he dropped to the canvas. Burns was clearly hurt but made it to his feet and tried to survive the final minute of the round. The heavy handed Singletary would have none of it and corner him, unloading a big double uppercut that had him out cold before he collapsed to the canvas. The time of the explosive knockout occurred at 2:38 of the 2nd round.
Another Dover fighter made his debut also but had a much more difficult time of it against rangy southpaw Vince Burkhalter of New Orleans Louisiana in their four round contest. Bowman had trouble getting inside the long combinations of Burkhalter throughout but did bang way whenever inside. After three very close rounds, it looked like the fight could go either way and both fighters put out a big effort to pull out the victory in the final round but Burkhalter’s long shots from the outside appeared to capture the round and the victory. The first scorecard went in favor of Vince Burkhalter, but the other two officials saw it 38-38 for the majority draw. Vince Burkhalter moves to 0-4-1.
Salisbury Maryland cruiserweight Tahir Thomas dropped outgunned San Antonio’s Terence Anderson once on his way to a one sided unanimous decision victory.
Thomas was in control throughout but it looked like he almost had it over in the opening round as right hand sent Anderson to the canvas. Anderson rose to his feet and Thomas jumped on him but was able to survive until the bell sounded to end the round.
From the second round on, it was clear that Thomas was in control with heavy combinations throughout. Anderson was game though and able to go the distance. All three scorecards read the same, 40-35 in favor of Tahir Thomas who, jumps to 2-0, 1KO. Terence Anderson falls to 2- 5, 1KO.
Felton, Delaware journeyman welterweight Mike “Strictly Business” Demby switched up his normal straight forward, no excuse attack to a more of a boxing style in his four rounder with Newark New Jersey’s Tolan Tascoe in their four round contest. Though awkward at times, the new style appeared to give him the unanimous decision victory, but the judges saw it differently. One judge had the contest scored 39-37 in favor of Mike Demby, but was overruled as the other two officials saw it 38-38 for the majority draw. Mike Demby moves to 3-9-4, 2KOs, while Tolan Tasco slides to 1-5-1.
In the opening bout of the evening, Cambridge Maryland welterweight Dontre King moved to 5-9-2, 2KOs with a four round unanimous decision victory over Miguel Pizarro of San Antonio Texas, by scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-37 respectively. Pizarro falls to 1-3, 1KO.
The matchmaker for the entertaining show was Chuck Bayley.