By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Saturday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington, three of the Northwest’s brightest prospects showcased their talents in front of a wild, near sellout crowd in promoter Roy Englebrecht’s inaugural show. Headlining was heavyweight Vince Thompson, who improved to 13-0 with a six round unanimous decision over the very game Geovanni Sarran from Palmdale, California.
Thompson started fast using speed and double jabs to back up Sarran to the ropes where a vicious barrage of lefts and rights to the body hurt Sarran. Thompson then went upstairs and only the ropes saved Sarran from taking a trip to the canvas. Saran was given the eight-count for the knockdown, but made it out of the round. Thompson continued much of the same in round two as he mixed his attack from head to body again getting the tough as nails Sarran hurt. The action began slowing in round three as Thompson began boxing more. Rounds four-to-six were spent on the inside as Sarran got his second win and began lunging in with home run shots, very few coming close to landing. The fight ended with Sarran on the offensive as Thompson was content to counterpunch his way home for the unanimous decision win.
Middleweight Mike Gavronski returned home to the Northwest from Chicago to fight in front of his many fans, and did not disappoint. His opponent Nathan Bedwell was there to win and gave a a good account of himself as he tried everything in the book, including head butts, to derail “Iron Mike.” Gavronski began showing his mastery of the sweet science in this fight as he controlled the much bigger man the whole fight with a beautiful jab and terrific body attack. Gavronski went against the norm as he jabbed the southpaw Bedwell at will snapping his head back throughout the fight while displaying some great footwork. In round five Gavronski dug in and dropped Bedwell twice with big left and right hooks to the body. Gavronski won by shut out on all three Judges cards to improve to 11-0, 8 KOs.
The third prospect of the night was junior middleweight Isaac Tadeo who was in against a tough Carl Hill. Tadeo used speed, both with his hands and feet to offset the lunging right hand attack of Hill, who was looking to load up most of the bout. Tadeo showed maturity as he stayed calm during Hill’s assaults and counterpunched to stay ahead in the fight, which was a close one. Hill won a majority decision by scores of 39-37 twice, and 38-38 to improve to 4-0, 3 KOs.
An entertaining women’s four-rounder saw local Tammie Johnson (4-5-1) dropping a decision to California native Crystal Morales (7-8). Morales was a little too quick at the outset for Johnson who seemed to take a few rounds to heat up, which is tough in a short fight. Johnson came on late, but Morales always seemed to be just a step ahead.
MMA star Eric Dahlberg dispelled rumors about grapplers not being able to use their hands as he neatly “starched” Oregonian Jake “The Snake” Wilson just 30 seconds into the fight with a nicely placed overhand right which Wilson never saw. The cruiserweight battle was Dahlberg’s first ever as a boxer, pro or amateur.
The opening bout was a wild heavyweight affair which saw Los Angeles native Avery Gibson pick up his first win against 2 losses and 2 draws against Spokane’s Freddie Miller ( 3-8-1). The fight was a free-swinging affair with Miller giving up on his jab while Gibson stayed more in control and was the better boxer.
It was a great night of boxing and Roy Englebrecht Productions returns to Little Creek in May for round two. See you at the fights.