By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Tacoma, Washington’s Emerald Queen Casino was rocking on Saturday night in anticipation of the return of one of the areas favorite fighters, Walter Wright. Wright had been on a two year hiatus and was generally inactive since his stint with the Contender TV show. Wright chose to return to the ring against Joshua Snyder, (8-5-1), which turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. While Wright was heavy, 167 pounds, he still had his quickness and ability to counter punch. Considering his long lay-off, timing and reflex issues were expected and evident, but Wright made his way through five uneventful rounds until he hurt Snyder in round six and finished with a flurry. Wright won a unanimous decision.
The main event pitted undefeated prospect Hector Serrano, (13-0, 5 KOs) against Gary, Indiana’s Angel Hernandez (14-6, 11 KOs) in a 10 rounder. Hernandez looked strong and sharp for three rounds as he bulled Serrano to the ropes and hit hard shots, most of which Serrano picked off with his gloves.
In round four a wicked right hook to the ribs forced Hernandez to take a knee. He was in obvious pain as he rose. Serrano sensed he had his man in trouble and let both hands fly and action resumed. Referee Bobby Howard stopped the fight.
Light heavyweight prospect Sergey Kovalev improved to (8-0, 8 KOs) with a 2nd round stoppage of Harley Kilfian (8-6). Kovalev used a sledge hammer of a right hand to deposit Kilfian to the canvas six times in two rounds. The bout was stopped at 1:24 of the second stanza.
In an all Oregon battle, Aaron Schupp used a huge height advantage to outbox Ben Metts in a 140 pound four rounder. Schupp stays unbeaten at (2-0) while Metts falls to (1-3).
Lamar Russ used a similar height advantage to outbox and eventually stop a game Brandon Wyatt (0-4). Russ used a straight right hand and ended the bout at 1:52 of round three.
In a very close and competitive four round bout, featherweight Evgeny Gradovich stayed a perfect (4-0) with a hard fought unanimous decision over Manuel Ortega. Both fighters landed big shots throughout, but Ortega had no idea what the word defense meant as Gradovich hit him with the proverbial “kitchen sink.” Scores were 40-36 all around for the Arapahoe, NC native.
Another close competitive fight ensued when junior welterweights Miguel Garcia and Guillermo Delgadillo stepped into the ring for their four rounder. The rounds were very close, but Delgadillo did just enough to outwork Garcia. Scores were 39-37 x2, and 40-36 all for Delgadillo who improved to (1-0-1).
Seattle heavyweight Vincent Thompson (4-0) stayed unbeaten with an impressive showing against Enrique Lobatos (1-1-1). Lobatos had a 60 pound weight advantage, but Thompson still fought well on the inside with him. Thompson did his best work boxing and counter punching as the southpaw’s right jab often found the mark. Final scores read 40-36 all around.
The fights were very good as promoter Brian Halquist continues to entertain fans at Tacoma’s Emerald Queen casino. The next show is August 28th.