By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the sold-out Grand Ball Room just Northeast of Atlanta GA, Sugar Bert Promotion delighted the Georgia boxing fans with a stellar show featuring great matchups leading up to a shocker in the co-main event and a new champion in the main event.
In the main event, cruiserweight Mike “CannonHandz” Seals (14-0 10KO) destroyed former two-time super-middleweight champ Byron Mitchell (29-11-1 22KO). It was evident at the sound of the opening bell that speed would be the obvious difference. As Mitchell prodded forward looking to land, it was Seals who used his brilliant hand speed and power to pick him apart. Half way through the first round, Seals began landing overhand rights at will, wobbling Mitchell numerous times. At the 2:35 mark one last right hand put Mitchell down. Although he was able to beat the count, referee Brian Stutts stopped the fight after seeing that Mitchell was still wobbly and had received an exuberant amount of hard shots. With the victory Seals won the cruiserweight WBC United States (USNBC) belt and continues to move up the world rankings.
In a cruiser-weight shocker, road veteran Harvey Jolley (13-19-1 7KO) knocked out would be hopeful and prospect Brian “Big Bang” Howard (10-1 8KO). Facing his toughest competition to date, Howard came out unexpectedly tentative in the first round. During a clinch, an inadvertent elbow to the top of Howards head paused the action as he winced in pain. Common in boxing, the elbow did not appear to be as deliberate or as brutal as Howard was portraying it to be, but referee Brian Stutts allowed him to fully recover from the elbow. Shortly there after, a borderline low blow once again caused Howard to wince as the ref stepped in and once again allowed him to recover. Meanwhile, Jolley stood in the neutral corner protesting the time Howard was allowed to recover. Once the fight resumed, Howard aggressively moved forward looking to land a hard shot.
In the second round Jolley used his experience to frustrate Howard on the inside. Just as Howard would try to build momentum Jolley would land an unexpected shot that would surprise Howard and get him thinking about his plan of attack.
In the third and final round of the scheduled eight, Howard began to land solid shots and it appeared as though he was starting to feel comfortable. However, Jolley was countering well and found success with his right hand. About half-way through the round Jolley landed a perfect right hand on Howard’s chin; who didn’t see the punch coming. Howard melted into the ropes and was out before he hit the canvas. Official time of the third round knockout was 1:28 of the third round.
In other action:
Calvin Smith made a successful debut by defeating Jerson Ramos (1-1-1) in a four round feather-weight bout. All three judges unanimously scored it 40-36.
Featherweights Roberto Ceron (3-0) and James Young (1-2-1) slugged it out in the most entertaining bout of the evening. Although every round was close Ceron got the nod on all of the judges score cards winning 40-36 x3.
In a matchup of debuting hopefuls, D’Andre Smith used his brilliant speed to mesmerize his welterweight counterpart, Ray Younger in a scheduled four rounder. After scoring a knockdown in the first, Smith nullified Younger’s inside attack by using angles and countering well. All three judges scored the contest 40-35.
Mexican Welterweight Jesus “La Sombra” Tavera (5-3-1 1KO), won an exciting bout against Puerto Rican Xavier Lugo (0-3). The national rivalry was evident as the two boxers slugged it out for six rounds. Judges scored the fight 58-56, 59-55, 60-54, all in favor of Tavera.