By Chris Perry at ringside
The last time “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA, he had his hometown crowd on their feet with a thrilling victory. Almost eight years later, he did the same. In the main event of the first International Championship Boxing series at the Scope Arena, Spivey (38-5, 29 KOs), from nearby Portsmouth, was impressive winning a unanimous decision victory over tough Baltimore, MD fighter Tyrell “Da Sho Shocka” Samuel (14-4, 6 KOs) with two judges scoring the ten-round fight 100-90 and the third judge scoring the bout 98-92. Unfortunately Spivey, who was the NABA lightweight champion before the fight, weighed in heavier than the 135 pound limit which meant that he automatically vacated the title and that only Samuel could win championship. Spivey’s extra weight was an issue that threatened the fight up until the time of the main event but both camps ultimately came to an agreement to make the fight happen.
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“I knew the kid was going to be real tough,” said Spivey after the bout. “The problem was, I was a little drained this morning. I didn’t think I would have the energy to go as strong as I did. With encouragement from everyone around me, I sucked it up and did what I had to do.”
The crowd rose to their feet many times during the main event as Spivey and Samuel went toe-to-toe. Spivey controlled the action throughout by constantly using his superior hand speed to land more effective shots. Although there were no knockdowns in the fight, rounds seven and eight were for the highlight reel as both fighters traded heavy blows at a furious pace.
“I was drained and fatigued but it was amazing what I did tonight,” said Spivey. “Tyrell’s a tough kid, a good fighter, and a warrior. He’s got a lot talent. A slick and smart fighter.”
“I thought the fight could’ve went either way,” said Samuel after the bout. “I thought I pulled it out six (rounds) to four (rounds). I know I fought a good fight. I showed my warrior’s heart. I’ll take a week off, go on vacation and then get right back in there.”
Although Spivey lost his title on the scales, Spivey’s promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, is excited about what lies ahead.
“Yes we did have a little bit of a hiccup with the weight,” said Garone. “Yes it was tough, he was cutting weight to get down. We’re not happy about the way that turned out, obviously, but on the flip side, we’re going to be back, we’re going to be strong, we’re going to be fighting at 135 and we want to have the opportunity to fight other people. I think tonight, making sure the fight happened was paramount in the team’s whole mind. We needed to make this fight happen because I wanted Dorin to be able to get in the ring and show what he had. …I thought it was a great win. Dorin looked really, really good.”
“We’re going to fight back at lightweight,” Spivey said about his next bout. “Lesson learned. Were going to get it together and get it right as a lightweight. I’m still ranked in the world. We’ll get it back together.”
“Obviously, Dorin is a big 135 pounder, but I think that’s the weight we need to be at if we want to get a legitimate shot at the title,” continued Garone about Spivey’s future. “He’s right in the mix. He’s a top ten guy and hopefully after this a lot of the other organizations will give him an opportunity to be in their world rankings. We’re looking forward to great 2010.”
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On the undercard, undefeated cruiserweight Ran Nakash (23-0, 17 KOs) from Haifa, Israel improved his record scoring a seventh round technical knockout over Richard Stewart (14-9-2, 8 KOs). In control the entire fight, Nakash’s body attack took its toll on the fighter from Newcastle, DE. Cringing with every shot in the seventh round, a digging right hook to the body sent Stewart reeling to the corner. Referee Steve Smoger stepped in and called a halt to the action with 1:37 left.
Norfolk native Bobby Jordan, Jr. (7-2-1, 3 KOs) staggered Marcus Donald Hall (11-5, 4 KOs) with a right hook shortly before a barrage of combinations sent Hall to one knee in round 4. Unable to answer referee Steve Smoger’s count, the super middleweight bout was stopped at the 2:29 mark.
Veteran Larry Brothers (7-33-3, 5 KOs) was no match for local favorite Frankie Filippone (3-1, 1 KO). “The Freight Train” was cautious early, but staggered Brothers late in the first round of the middleweight bout. The Washington, DC native completed the scheduled four rounds but lost a unanimous decision 40-35 on the three judge’s scorecards.
Even though he turns 50-years-old this month, Richmond, VA welterweight Edward Anderson (4-16, 3 KOs) fought a tough four round bout with Elad Schmuel (22-2, 11 KOs). The Tel Aviv, Israel fighter landed a right hook to the chin followed by a straight left hand that sent Anderson to one knee late in round two. Schmuel continued to control the fight, hurting Anderson again in the final round. All three judges scored the bout 40-35 on the scorecards awarding Schmuel the unanimous decision.
In the opening bout of the evening, Washington, DC fighter Ivan Ziglar (1-3-1, 1 KO) earned a unanimous decision victory over Virginia Beach, VA light middleweight Jayson Warh (2-3, 0 KOs). A hard left hook to the body followed by a combination of punches sent Warh down in the 2nd round. Determined, Warh finished the bout, but Ziglar won each round scoring 40-35 on all scorecards.
Promoter Jack Fulton’s inaugural International Championship Boxing Series event at the Norfolk Scope Arena impressed many in attendance.
“I’ve been around professional boxing here for a while and this was one of the best boxing shows I’ve seen,” said Dorin Spivey’s head trainer John Hunter. There wasn’t a bad fight on the card. A lot of times you see mismatches. A couple rounds and the guy is out. All of these fights tonight were good fights.”
Garone was also impressed saying, “I just want to thank Jack Fulton and ICB for doing this because they brought boxing back to Virginia in a big way. Jack (Fulton) was unbelievable to work with. The synergy and the chemistry between us was fantastic and we’re working on some bigger stuff. I’ve got Michael Grant. I’ve got Byron Mitchell. We’re going to try and bring some other people down to the Scope. This was a first class, top notch event.”
The ICB Knockout Series returns to the Scope Arena on May 28, with future events scheduled once a month through September.