Welterweight Jamykle Wade scored s hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Mike Lemelle in the main event of a five.bout card on Thursday night at Rodeo West Dallas Nightclub in Dallas, TX. Lemelle seemed to dictate the combat in the first two rounds consistently backing Wade up on the ropes and landing short, compact punches. The third round saw almost a complete reversal as Wade began backing Lemelle up and along with steady pressure, began to outwork Lemelle over the remaining rounds to earn a convincing unanimous decision and along with it a regional championship as recognized by the American Boxing Organizations (ABO). Jamykle Wade advances to 5-4-1, with 2 Knockouts. Mike Lemelle falls to 3-3-1, with 0 Knockouts.
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Light-Heavyweight Robert Hill scored a close four round split decision over Louis Webster. Both fighters had their moments throughout, but Hill’s consistent jabs and cleaner punches were able to earn him the decision victory. Robert Hill advances to 3-5, with 0 Knockouts. Louis Webster falls to 2-4, with 2 Knockouts.
In the Super-Middleweight division, Christopher Jones scored a four round majority decision over Dennis Williams. At times this was s difficult fight to watch due to the differences in the styles of the two fighters. Although Jones appeared to have some trouble with Williams’ height and reach, he was able to get the better of the exchanges on the inside and that seemed to give him the benefit of the doubt as two of three official judges scored the bout in his favor giving him every round. Christopher Jones advances to 6-2, with 4 Knockouts. Dennis Williams falls to 5-14-1, with 3 Knockouts.
Jr. Middleweights Darius Bagley and Benjamin Gurment fought to a four round majority draw. The ebb and flow shifted between both fighters for the entire duration of the bout as both were willing to stand and exchange with each other where neither was able to gain a significant advantage over the other. At the end of four rounds, two official judges scored the fight even resulting in the majority draw. Darius Bagley advances to 1-1-1, with 0 Knockouts. Benjamin Gurment advances to 1-0-1, with 1 Knockout.
In the Lightweight division Kenneth Taylor scored a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Mario Franco. There were some entertaining exchanges between the two fighters throughout the fight, but it appeared Taylor might have been able to get a stoppage as he dropped Franco with a flush left hook early in the fourth round. Despite appearing hurt, Franco to his credit was able to survive to the final bell in one of the more entertaining bouts of the evening. Kenneth Taylor advances to 10-1-2, with 6 Knockouts. Mario Franco falls to 0-6, with 0 Knockouts.
This card, the first under promoter Krishna Wainwright’s Wainwright Productions provided much needed exposure to some up and coming fighters on a regional level. While all the fighters who competed on this event will likely look to either continue to progress towards potentially being regarded as prospects or to bounce back from a loss, events like this are crucial to the sport of Boxing. Not only because they provide a needed platform for young fighters, but also can serve as a way to help grow the sport. Something that a fan of Boxing of any level should support.
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