Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Country Box 8/8/2023 Results From Nashville, TN

Undefeated Heavyweight Erick Arellano scored a workmanlike four round unanimous decision over veteran Javier Frazier in the main event of promoter Jimmy Adams Country Box 6 card on Tuesday night at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, TN. A rematch of a fight that occurred one month ago, that was made two days before this fight took place as Frazier agreed to step in on short notice as a replacement opponent, Arellano simply worked through his paces outworking Frazier, whom he defeated via four round unanimous decision in their first encounter, this time around. The highlight of the fight came in the third round when  Arellano dropped Frazier with a right hand. Official scores were: 40-35 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Arellano. Erick Arellano advances to 6-0, with 4 Knockouts. Javier Frazier falls to 8-27-1, with 4 Knockouts.

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Featherweights Victor Hernandez and Weusi Johnson squared off in a scheduled six round bout. An ugly fight that saw no shortage of roughhouse tactics and grappling between the two fighters, it was difficult to distinguish which fighter had the upper hand, or at least where an argument could be made for one fighter over the other. In a truly bizarre occurrence, after being shoved down to the canvas by Hernandez in the third round, Johnson walked around the ring for several seconds before appearing to throw up in a bucket at ringside. Under circumstances where a fighter appears to get sick during the course of a bout, the fight is usually halted and the fighter that suffers the illness loses the fight by what is termed as a "Medical TKO." For reasons unbeknownst to this observer, the fight was allowed to continue, despite Johnson appearing to clearly get sick after being pushed down by Hernandez. 

In round six, Hernandez was able to score a legal knockdown of Johnson with a right hand to the head. Ultimately, Hernandez was able to score a unanimous decision to remain unbeaten in his young career. Official scores were: 59-53, and 60-53 (On two scorecards) all in favor of Hernandez. Victor Hernandez advances to 6-0, with 5 Knockouts. Weusi Johnson falls to 3-30-1, with 0 Knockouts.

In a Middleweight bout, unbeaten prospect Da'Velle Smith scored a third round knockout of veteran Dedrick Bell. Standing at 6'2 and fighting out of the legendary Kronk gym in Detroit, MI, Smith immediately brought up memories for this observer of the legendary Thomas Hearns, who is one of the most notable in a generations-long list of legendary fighters to have come out of the Kronk gym founded by the late great Emmanuel Steward. Smith had looks that were clearly reminiscent of Hearns who was a tall lanky fighter, but in this fight, Smith showed a surprising commitment to attacking his opponent's body, particularly doubling up on left hooks to the midsection of Bell. 

Although it is not often when talking about a tall and long fighter with a 6'2 frame being disciplined in an attack to an opponent's body, Smith would show the benefits of executing a consistent body attack. After punishing Bell with left hooks to the body for the majority of round one, Smith would drop Bell with two right hands to the head in round two. As the attack to Bell's body continued after he got up from the knockdown, it would lead to further openings to the head in round three as Bell would be dropped hard for a second time courtesy of right hands from Smith. Smith would finish Bell off with a left hook to the head that sent him down for a third time, this time for the full ten count. Official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of round three. Da'Velle Smith advances to 7-0, with 6 Knockouts. Dedrick Bell falls to 31-37-1, with 16 Knockouts.

Welterweights began the evening as Henry Hewig successfully made his professional debut by scoring a devastating one punch third round knockout of the also debuting Yoelys Molina. The first two rounds were largely controlled by Molina due to his ability to apply pressure and back Hewig up against the ropes. Molina also was able to showcase a good mix of punching power and hand speed during this period as he was able to keep Hewig largely on the defense.

Just as it appeared as though Molina might have been on the verge of either a decision win or being able to break Hewig down, Hewig caught an aggressive Molina in round three with a perfectly timed left hook to the jaw that knocked Molina down on his back on the canvas. Molina struggled significantly to get to his feet, but, despite being able to do so, he was on very unsteady legs and he was unable to continue resulting in the fight being stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:58 of round three Henry Hewig advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Yoelys Molina falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

This was my first opportunity to cover a Country Box card. The series, which launched earlier this year has the slogan "Where Country Music Meets Boxing." What I observed was one of the more unique events that yours truly can remember with music from the Southern Outlaws band in a live concert atmosphere, a mariachi band performing prior to the main event, and even a stand-up comedy set between fights. We also saw a few prospects in the early stages of their careers. With the next Country Box event scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 5th once again at the Texas Troubadour Theatre, I am looking forward to seeing how the series evolves.

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