By Johnny B’
Armer Boxing & Calkins Sports Productions put on a professional boxing show Saturday night at the Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa. The co-main event featured a grudge match between heavyweights Gabe Martin (1-1), the hometown favorite, and Moline, Illinois’ Alex Rozman (2-1, 1 KO) who was coming off a KO loss to Hughie Fury in New York this past April. The taller 216lb Martin used his jab but was backed up continually by the shorter, wider 240lb Rozman, who took the fight to Martin and scored enough to win a four round unanimous decision victory. The fans of both boxers started getting into some shouting and pushing matches, but security quickly removed any troublemakers in time to get the main event off without a delay.
In the main event, unbeaten middleweight George Carter Jr. took home the Mid-American title belt and ran his record to 10-0, 6 KOs as referee Pete Podgorski waved off the one-sided affair. Carter scored three knock downs over a game but battered Jamie Castellano whose record is now falls to 4-29 after being halted in the second round of the scheduled six round match.
The show opened up with a competitive four round middleweight contest. William Bokhart of Mishawaka Indiana scored a second round knockdown over Clinton Iowa’s Kenny Schmitz and won by unanimous decision. All three judges Pete Henkels, Adam Pollack and Jim Barr scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Bokhart.
In other action, Limberth ‘Limbo’ Ponce now (5-0, 3 KOs) KO’d fellow middleweight Keith Debow (3-6-2) from Saint Louis, MO, in the first round. Light heavyweight Feliciano Correa (17-6-1, 9 KOs) of Moline, Illinois, quickly stopped Sam Wilcox (0-3) of Le Roy MN, in the first round. Jr. welterweight Lance Williams Muscatine Iowa, and Travis Thomas Davenport Iowa were awarded first round TKO victory’s over Saint Louis Missouri boxers, Tim Clayton and Devin Holster. Williams dispatched Clayton and Thomas pounded Holster as referee Lou Hall called a halt to the two mismatches.
Orlando Reyes of Muscatine Iowa was awarded a quick first round TKO victory as referee Lou Hall waved the bout off when Reyes dropped Kevin Anderson from Moline Illinois in a Light heavyweight matchup. Anderson complained to the referee to no avail. The ringside doctor examined Anderson after the bout and noted a possible injury to Anderson’s right hand. The bout was the professional debut for both boxers.
In another match of heavyweights, prospect Eric Cason, Davenport Iowa made his professional debut as he halted journeyman Jerry Simpson (3-17-1, 2 KOs) of North Liberty Iowa in the second round.