Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
DIAAB Entertainment put on an eight-bout pro-am card dubbed “Fight Night At The Flickinger” in downtown Buffalo, New York Saturday night. Headlining the the show was a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight title between Geneva, NY and Michael Walchuk of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Brinson bounced back from his lone loss in his last fight to pick up his first belt in an absolute war with Walchuk over eight rounds. In a tactical dog fight where each fighter gave no quarter, Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson and Kitchener, Ontario’s Michael Walchuk waged war for eight rounds to contest the New York State Middleweight title. Brinson was coming off a TKO7 loss back in November for the state Super Middle belt and was looking for redemption.
Walchuk was coming off a loss for the Canadian Light heavyweight title and had his own score to settle. From the outset, it was evident both fighters had skills and speed, as well as determination. The pattern settled into a “I’ll punch, then you punch” affair, as Walchuk never stopped coming forward, and Brinson chose to counter his foe off the ropes for the most part. In round three, things really picked up as the pace quickened and the volume of punches thrown increased. By the seventh, Brinson showed a bit of fatigue as his mouth opened, and Walchuk for his part, wore a mask of lumps around both eyes. The eighth and final round saw both fighters looking to leave it all in the ring and stood toe-to-toe, bringing the crowd to its feet. Judge Don Ackerman saw it 76-76, while Eric Marlinski saw it 78-74 and Terry Beecher-Johnson had it an inexplicable 80-72, for Brinson, by majority decision. One had to feel bad for Walchuk as he fought as tough a fight as fan could want, only to come up short. Now 9-4, 3 KOs, he needn’t hang his head, but keep at it as he certainly is a crowd pleasing fighter. Brinson for his part, felt redeemed after his last fight, the loss to Lennox Allen for the state 168 lb. title. “After finding out my brother lost earlier tonight, I had to keep my emotions in check coming into the ring,” said the new champ. “I felt good at the new weight, and I plan on staying here at 160 for a while.” Brinson improves to 8-1-1, 5 KOs.
Geneva, New York’s Tony Brinson, younger brother of headliner Nick, took on Kitchener, Ontario’s Julius Bunda in a four round Middleweight bout to open the show. After a fast paced first round that seemed in favor of Brinson, things took a turn. Brinson was hurt with a wicked right uppercut in the second round, and seemed out on his feet. He fell into a clinch with Bunda, and both tumbled to the canvas, but referee Charlie Fitch ruled no knockdown. Round three saw nearly the same incident as an overhand right froze Brinson in his tracks, he clinched and both fighters staggered into the neutral turnbuckle. Another overhand right had Brinson seconds away from being stopped in the fourth as the referee gave it a close look, with Brinson taking heavy punishment along the ropes. Brinson survived the bell, but not the score cards as judge Eric Marlinski saw it 38-38, while judges Terry Beecher-Johnson and Don Ackerman saw it 39-37 both for Bunda, now 4-1, 2 KOs, while Brinson loses his first bout and goes to 2-1.
Rochester, New York Lightweight Jamell Tyson got back on the winning track with a methodical beat down of Niagara Falls, Canada’s Scott Paul, winning by TKO at :49 of the fourth and final round. Tyson took it to the well-worn Paul from the get go. Paul went down from a right to the head in round two, survived round three without hitting the deck, but got dropped to his knees again in round four. The ringside physician, at the urging of Scott’s corner, signaled referee Dick Pakozdi to halt matters, saving Paul from more punishment. Tyson gets his first stoppage and moves to 2-2-1, 1 KO while Paul drops to 5-8, 1 KO.
In a battle of cruiserweights, Orangeville, Ontario’s Steve Franjic had none of Cleveland, Ohio’s Rayshawn Myers’ antics. Myers, mugged, back pedaled, looked into the crowd, talked to the ref, and on occasion, threw a wild overhand right, to little effect. Franjic for his part, was too schooled and poised to fall for such hijinks. A combination to the body, plus a possible push, caused Myers take a trip to the canvas in the second. All three judges–Ackerman, Marlinski and Beecher-Johnson saw it the same way, 40-36 for the now 4-0, 3 KOs Franjic. Myers slides to 4-7, 3 KOs.
What can yo say about Canadian journeyman heavyweight Taffo Asongwed? He’s been called the Canadian Emmanuel Augustus, the best 0-7-6 fighter you ever saw, and the fighter who wants his “0” to go. Arriving from California the day before the fight, and giving up 54 lbs. to his debutante opponent Lourenzo Davis, Asongwed finally got his elusive first win. It didn’t come easy though as Davis had the edge in speed, despite his massive girth. Asongwed had the pro ring experience though and it showed down the stretch, as he eked out a split win, his first ever, by scored of 39-37 (Marlinski and Beecher-Johnson), while Ackerman saw it in favor of Davis by the same score of 39-37. Now Asongwed is the best 1-7-6 fight you ever saw, while Davis starts out at 0-1. Ironically, Asongwed held Davis’ brother Johnnie to a four round draw almost exactly a year a go to the day, June 19, 2010 here in Buffalo.
Lawrence King W3 Dana Hamilton – Middleweights
Kingsley Alexander W3 Karlen Minasyan – Light Middleweights
Nick Bayer W3 Lamar Pace – Light Heavyweights