By Sam DiTusa at ringside
West Coast Promotions 6th edition of “The Rumble at the Rock” boxing series was a sell out Friday night as fans poured into the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC, Canada and were entertained with seven exciting bouts. The main event saw Qualicum Beach’s Mark Woolnough improve to 21-5, 8 KOs with a decisive second round TKO over journeyman Steve Walker (22-21) from Hannibal, Missouri.
Woolnough started fast and moved Walker around the ring with fast combinations. A well placed right hook to the body put Walker down near the end of the round. The punch could be heard throughout the arena as it landed right on “the sweet spot.” Woolnough followed up with a barrage of punches and put Walker down for a second time as the bell rang to end the round.
Walker probably shouldn’t have come out for round 2 as he was noticeably hurt in his corner, but the game veteran did just that. After taking a fast combination he took a knee, and the count by Referee Bobby Howard ending the fight at :33 of round 2.
The semi main was a rematch between Richmond natives Junior Moar and Louis Sargeant. Their last fight was a fast-paced six-rounder. This time the two super middleweights went seven rounds, which were fast paced and brutal. Sargeant did his best work in rounds one and two when he managed to swell up Moar’s right eye with jabs and counter left hooks. Moar however had the best of the rounds by landing accurate combinations through the holes in Sargeant’s defense.
Rounds three and four were all Moar as he poured it on with power punches to a fading Sargeant. Sargeant, labeled “Chocolate Thunder” made his last stand in round five as he let go with everything he had left in the tank, and won the round on my card. But Moar was too strong down the stretch as he pummeled Sargeant at will. The final tally read 70-62, and 70-63 twice for Moar who improves to 7-2.
The other fight of note saw Darren Darby starch Antonio Dos Santos in round two of their four round welterweight bout. A beautiful left hook did the trick.
The remaining four bouts were in the heavyweight division.
After being knocked to the canvas twice and being battered around the ring for two rounds, Tiny Brown found a power reserve and turned the tide on Stacey Migley, TKOing Migley at :50 of round three with a swinging right hand.
Pro debuting Inderjit Bisla’s MMA backround was no match for the brawling Jaime Walton who won a four round majority decision behind a looping right hand to up his record to (2-1-1).
Football player Paul Cheng has been in a boxing gym for about 5 months I was told. He must have spent all his time learning Muhammad Ali’s famous “Anchor Punch,” you remember , the one that knocked out Sonny Liston in one minute. Cheng used the same one to KO Teddy Adeoba in the same first round to win his pro debut.
And finally, George Foreman has nothing on Mike Heathfield. True, Big George won the heavyweight title in his late 40’s, but “Iron Mike” made his pro debut at age 51. Before you smirk, Mike is a fine athlete who has worked in the gym his whole life and trained hard. While most of us gracefully enter middle age, Mike has fought it every step of the way. Entering the ring with a chiseled physique, and sporting a Mohawk haircut and countless tattoos, Mike came out like a ball of fire and pasted Devon Garnon for four rounds and earned his second win. He now stands at 2-0.
West Coast Promotions is becoming a big player in Northwest boxing. They use two great facilities, the River Rock and Red Robinson’s Casino which are splendid venues. Their next fight is June 12. See you at the fights.