By Chris Perry
Photos: Dee Lee Promotions
Following almost a year away from the ring, former NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey returned to action Saturday in the 10-round Beach Brawl II main event at the Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia defeating tough challenger Damon “The Mailman” Antoine by unanimous decision. The 18-year veteran thrilled his hometown fans looking impressive and quick against his challenger from Akron, Ohio. All three judges scored the bout 80-71.
“I felt good,” said Spivey (39-6-0, 29 KOs) following the event promoted by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC. “I felt like I was in control. I had plenty of gas. It felt weird stopping at eight (rounds) and not going ten or twelve. But I got the job done. Damon’s a tough guy. He was strong. He caught me with some good shots. He’s a strong, heavy-handed guy.”
Spivey controlled the fight throughout, although Antoine (9-32-2, 4 KOs) never backed down. The Portsmouth, Virginia native established a snapping left jab in the first round that remained consistent throughout the bout. Powerful combinations, both to the head and body, were persistent and helped wear down Antoine through the first three rounds.
The physical action escalated in round four as both fighters exchanged punches center ring. “The Mailman” returned fire throughout the round including a solid left hand to Spivey’s head before the bell.
Both fighters stayed close together in round five exchanging punches. A left hook from Spivey slowed Antoine late in the round while a big overhand right led to a Spivey flurry at the bell.
Spivey stayed busy in round six working punches from the body up. A left hook to the head stunned Antoine mid-round and a right hand sent him falling back to the ropes. Although tough, the accumulation of effective, strong punches were taking their toll on Antoine.
A smile from Spivey in round seven showed everyone who was in charge. Following a timeout called by referee Chris Wollensen to fix loose tape on Antoine’s right hand, a big left hand, along with a slight push, knocked “The Mailman” down. After regrouping from the called slip, Antoine was knocked down by a left handed headshot. He answered the count by eight, but was forced to retreat from a swarming Spivey as the bell rang.
With the standing room only crowd on their feet, Spivey dominated the last round. He stunned Antoine with combination shots to the body and head. Heavy swelling was apparent around the Ohio lightweight’s left eye. A powerful left to the body caused Antoine to wince from pain. With Spivey again swarming his tired, fading opponent, the bell brought an end to the featured bout. Following the decision, the two warriors hugged center ring with Spivey taking the microphone and sharing compliments about his opponent and his efforts.
“It was unbelievable,” said co-manager and advisor Floyd Kuriloff about Spivey’s performance after the bout. “It’s amazing how he just kicks it in gear in the later rounds. And the punches that he was throwing and nailing this guy with, I can’t believe his body shots didn’t take the guy down. I mean, at one point he hit him with a left hook, came right back with a right and then an uppercut and the guy kept standing.”
“Dorin’s main concern was to make this guy, who he just beat, feel good about himself,” continued Kuriloff. “In his hometown, to get applause for his opponent, that’s why I love this guy. He’s a class act and he’s a great fighter. I really hope that this leads him to the championship fight he was promised because he’s great and only getting better.”
Spivey’s head trainer John Hunter echoed Kuriloff’s praise after the bout. “He looked awesome,” said Hunter. “His combinations were good. His reflexes were good. His timing was good. He made the guy miss a lot of punches. For a year off, he looked outstanding.”
“My performance, out of ten, I’d say was a six or seven,” Spivey told Fightnews. “That’s me being critical. Other people may think better, Coach Hunter said I looked good every round. But I’d say a six or a seven from my judgement. I wanted to throw more combinations. Get into more of my rhythm. I wanted to take him out. He (Antoine) told me I had devastating power. That’s a compliment coming from a guy like him.”
“I’m never satisfied with my performance, but I got the job done,” concluded Spivey. “I’m happy. The crowd was great. I had a lot of fun in there. Hey, I’m ready to go ahead and get ready for a title fight in October. But, I needed this fight before I fight for the title to get the rounds in.”
Promoter Diane Fischer is hoping Spivey’s next bout may be for the IBF Intercontinental Championship. An October date in Atlantic City, New Jersey is possible. Winning that fight would secure the 38-year old lightweight a top-10 IBF ranking and possibly lead to a world title bout in the near future.
“He’s great,” said Fisher about Spivey after their first bout working together. “Hopefully he’ll fight for a title next. I’ve got to talk to Nick Tiberi, he’s my matchmaker. So, whatever’s good for Dorin, that’s what we are doing.”
Whatever is next ahead, Spivey will be ready. When asked if he would take any time off after this victory Spivey said, “I’ll get back in the gym on Monday.”
The Beach Brawl II supporting card included seven bouts featuring rising heavyweight Travis Kauffman (22-1-0, 17 KOs) in the co-main event. The Reading, Pennsylvania heavyweight only needed 1:58 of the scheduled six round contest scoring a TKO victory against Staten Island, New York’s Sean Williams (8-16-1, 2 KOs). A big left hand to the head sent Williams down early. Up at the count of eight, two left hooks sent him back against the ropes. Kauffman ripped combinations to the body and head. A right hook sent his overwhelmed opponent again stumbling to the ropes. At that point, referee Chris Wollensen had seen enough and stopped the bout.
Popular Norfolk, Virginia fighter Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (8-2-0, 2 KOs) scored his second victory of the year besting Bowerston, Ohio boxer Randy “The Rattler” Campbell (3-7-0, 2 KOs) with a six round unanimous decision win. The super middleweight, and Virginia Beach police officer, earned scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 60-54 on the judge’s cards.
In other Beach Brawl II action: Virginia Beach cruiserweight Earl “The Bull” Platt won his pro debut scoring a TKO at 1:54 of round one following three unanswered right hooks to the head of Charleston, West Virginia’s Joe Mullins (1-1-0, 0 KOs); Light heavyweight Stan “Chin Checker” Harvey (1-1-0, 1 KO) from San Diego, California stopped Reidsville, North Carolina’s Anthony “ASAP” Shuff (0-1-0, 0 KOs) by first round TKO at the 1:50 mark; Norfolk, Virginia heavyweight Dorsett “Bullet” Barnwell (5-0-0, 3 KOs) earned a unanimous four-round decision victory over Akron, Ohio’s Deandre “Showtime” McCole (4-25-3, 0 KOs) with all three cards reading 40-36; Virginia Beach middleweight Kenneth Moody, Jr. (2-2-2, 1 KO) fought to a four-round draw with Philadelphia, Pensylvania’s Horatio “Right One” Pitmon and Bayamon, Puerto Rico featherweight Frank “Diablo” de Alba Espada (1-1-0, 0 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Newport News, Virginia’s James “Boo” Franks (2-8-1, 2 KOs) with scores of 40-35, 40-35 and 39-36.