By Bob Ryder
Fighting for the first time since signing with DiBella Entertainment, Isiah Thomas was impressive in scoring a solid fourth round TKO over Jeffrey Osborne Friday night at downtown Detroit’s Majestic Theatre. Light heavyweight Thomas had chalked up easy first round KOs in his first 3 fights against novice opposition, but was facing a stiffer task in experienced Osborne of Davenport, IA. Thomas scored knockdowns in the first, third and fourth rounds but each time the ultra game Osborne battled back despite being cut and battered. Isiah also had some anxious moments. After his elbow collided with the top of Osborne’s head in the first, Thomas spent the rest of the round and most of the second visibly rubbing and favoring his left forearm. “I had to fight my way through it,” Thomas told Fightnews. “As the fight went on, the pain went away and I’m fine now,” Thomas related in his dressing room. “I’m in great condition and going almost 4! rounds was no problem. I’m excited having Lou DiBella representing me and I’m looking forward to my next fight in Rochester, New York in August,” exclaimed the happy Detroiter. In the fourth, bleeding from cuts on his forehead and nose, Osborne was still hanging in when referee Ron Cunningham decided to wave it off at 1:51. Jeffrey was upset with the stoppage but in reality had no chance of winning and Cunningham likely saved him from further unnecessary punishment. Thomas is now (4-0, 4 KOs) while Osborne falls to (8-14-2).
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Also on the show promoted by Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Rom Remus Productions, hometown Roscoe Hill battled to a majority 4 round draw (39-37- Hill, 38-38 x2) with Toledo’s Jeremiah Jones in a middleweight contest. Hill was surprisingly tentative and allowed Jones to keep the fight close. Hill is now (1-0-1-1NC) while Jones goes to (0-1-1).
In a great action middleweight fight, Detroit’s Willie Fortune scored a second round TKO (2:35) over Jason Medina of Moline, IL. Lots of furious exchanges highlighted this match. Fortune floored Medina twice in the second. Just as it appeared that Medina was going down for a third time as Fortune was battering him on the ropes, referee Steve Daher stepped in and called a halt. Fortune goes to (3-0, 2 KOs) while Medina slips to (3-11).
Fellow hometown favorite Demetrius Robinson racked up a TKO in round 1 (:50) over Midland, MI native Anthony Gott. Gott suffered an early knockdown and when another wicked shot sent him to the canvas a second time, referee Cunningham stopped it without a count. Robinson is now (2-1, 2 KOs) and Gott (0-2). Middleweights.
Heavyweight Ali “The Bomb” Mansour, Windsor, Ontario, Canada via Lebanon stayed undefeated (7-0, 3 KOs) scoring a shutout (40-36 x 3) decision over Lee Thomas (1-2) of Saginaw over 4 rounds. Mansour used a solid body attack to dominate this contest.
Light heavyweight Duayne Williams of Detroit got a gift KO at :22 of the first over a non-combative Mario Stansley of Toledo. Stansley dropped to the canvas coming out of a clinch from a non existent punch. Referee Daher gave him every opportunity to continue as he administered what seemed to be a very slow count, but Mario was having none of it and stayed down for the full ten. Stansley’s purse was held up by the commission. Both were making their pro debuts.
In the night’s opening lightweight contest Kenneth Walton and Norman Allen fought to a majority 4 round draw. Allen who hails from Toledo, OH, appeared to have done enough to win against Detroit’s Walton, however only one judge saw it that way carding a 40-36 tally for the visitor. The other judges both scored it 38-38 leaving Walton at (1-2-1) and Allen still winless at (0-2-1).