By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Super middleweight Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1, 10 KOs) turned in the most complete performance of his career in stopping “Kid Dynamite” Antwun Echols (31-11-4, 27 KOs) in round seven Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The end came at :42 of the seventh round with Williams battering Echols on the ropes. Also, light heavyweight Marcus Oliveria (19-0, 15 KOs) destroyed “The Next Great Champ” reality series winner Otis Griffin (19-6, 7 KOs) in round two.
Williams switched stances, used a snapping jab and picked his moments to land heavy shots as he beat Echols to the punch for much of the fight. Each fighter tested the others chin early and often with Williams having the edge through the first three intense rounds.
Bleeding from a cut caused by a punch in the third, Echols stole the momentum in the fourth, rocking a tiring Williams with head shots as Williams was loading up his big punches. Williams later said he caught his second wind by the sixth as he returned to boxing and using a hard jab out of the southpaw stance. Both fighters continued to show granite jaws but the heavy punches began to show their marks on Echols face by the seventh round. Williams was punishing Echols along the ropes with head shots when his cornermen stepped up onto the apron just as referee Mark Nelson was getting ready to stop the fight. The end came at :42 of the seventh round.
Afterwards, Echols embraced Williams, saying nobody with only 11 fights should be able to handle a veteran like himself. Williams was overjoyed as he celebrated with friends and cornermen in the ring following the biggest win of his career
Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Oliveria (19-0, 15 KO’s) continued to look impressive as he nearly decapitated Otis Griffin (19-6, 7 KO’s) with a vicious uppercut to the head near the end of round two in the co-main event. Ironically, it was Griffin who started the action with a right uppercut to Oliveria’s jaw in the opening moments of the bout. Both men traded heavy leather but Oliveria looked to be the stronger puncher. Oliveria would confirm this as he landed the fight ending uppercut at 2:25 of the second round. The shot sent Griffin backwards head first on the canvas where he he was laid out for a few minutes.
Middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax (11-0, 8 KO’s) won an eight round unanimous decision over southpaw Durrell Richardson (11-3, 4 KO’s) in a featured bout. Truax stalked his opponent as he attempted to pick apart Richardson who was content to throw rights to the body and get out of harms way. Truax’s higher workrate swayed the judges his way as Richardson seemed happier to display his defensive skills rather then engage with Truax. Scores read 79-74, 77-75, and 80-72 for Truax.
Junior featherweight Thomas Snow (11-1, 8 KO’s) stunned hometown fighter Willshaun Boxley (5-1, 3 KO’s) in a super bantamweight bout. Boxley fought aggressively as he punctuated a good opening round by stunning Snow with a hard right hand near the end. Snow recovered nicely during the next two rounds as he took advantage of Boxley’s inactivity on the offensive side. Snow stayed on his bike and jabbed his way to winning the rounds. Boxley fired back in round four as he stalked Snow with big shots. However, Boxley seemed to tire in round five and Snow again took advantage by being the busier fighter. Snow’s shots had little power on them but he remained more active. Boxley showed impressive defense but did not throw back enough. Seemingly behind on the score cards, Boxley fought with urgency in the final round rocking a the Maryland fighter who was on his heals. Snow gambled on having more rounds in the bank and did nothing but run and hold for the final three minutes. It would pay off though as he was able to make the final bell where he won a majority decision by scores of 59-57, 58-57, and 57-57.
Super middleweight Michael Faulk (1-0) won an exiting four round majority decision over Marvin Rodriquez (1-2). Faulk and Rodriquez brawled for much of the fight but Faulk was the busier, more accurate puncher over four rounds. Scores read 40-36, 39-37, and 38-38.
Junior lightweight Ismail Muwendo (3-0, 2 KO’s) crushed Josh Jungjohann, dropping him once before knocking him out cold with hard head shots at the 1:40 mark. Muwendo stayed true to his ring name “The Sharp Shooter” as he fired hard accurate punches that never allowed Jungjohann into the fight while it lasted.