By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photo: Bob Barton
Friday night the crowd was on the edge of their seats at St. Charles, Mo’s Ameristar Casino and Spa as Rumble Time Promotions presented a fight card featuring some of the St. Louis region’s finest talent.
Stephon Young, a featherweight amateur phenom, stayed undefeated as a professional, scoring a four round decision victory over a game Zach Hubbard. Now 6-0-1 with 2 KOs, Young used his superior hand speed to keep Hubbard (0-1) off-balance for most of the contest. Flashing a lightning-quick lead left, Young put his punches together in combination and continually popped his opponent in the midsection with a stinging right hook. The solid performance won over all three judges, each of them turning in a score of 40-36.
“Stephon had a bit of a test tonight.”, Rumble Time’s President, Steve Smith, said after the contest. “There was some rust there, but he continues to improve and has the potential to be a world champion.”
Young hoped this contest would lead to more activity as he said, “I need to fight more often if I am going to put a title belt around my waist.”
Cruiserweight Adam Meredith (1-0) picked up the victory in a 4 round special attraction over Jose Jones (1-2). This bout had long periods of inaction, but in the first three rounds, Meredith did a majority of the work, landing left hands whenever the opportunity arose. Jones, a cousin of former light heavyweight champion, Guillermo Jones, didn’t pull the trigger until the final round, setting off wild flurries of punches, but with few of them finding the mark. Final scores from all three judges were 39-37 for Meredith.
In a give and take affair, super middleweight Dillion Cook stayed undefeated as he pounded his way to a decision victory over Lamaar Harris (7-10-3, 4 KOs). Cook, now 9-0 with 4 knockouts, effectively used his counter left hook to discourage Harris from engaging in any long exchanges. Dropping combinations in at opportune times gave Cook the advantage in this contest as both fighters worked hard to maintain the advantage over the other. In the end, it was Cook’s work rate that won him the contest unanimously on all three scorecards, 39-37.