Welterweight Michael Anderson scored a second round stoppage of a very "Game" Marklin Bailey on Tuesday night (October 3rd) at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville, TN. In what was the main event of promoter Jimmy Adams' monthly Country Box series for the month of October, the fight was dictated by Bailey, who tried and mostly succeeded in trying to force the combat on the inside in staying pinned to Anderson's chest and trying to back him up against the ropes.
While this approach appeared to be working as Anderson spent most of the first round and part of the second round trying to dodge punches, Anderson would turn the tables on Bailey with a short left hook midway through round two that sent Bailey staggering back to the ropes, which forced a rare standing eight count to be called by the referee, this would be followed by a second standing eight count seconds later as Anderson followed up with a barrage of punches. Following the second standing eight count, Anderson connected with a flush right hook to the jaw that forced the fight to be stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:58 of round two. Michael Anderson advances to 23-3-1, with 17 Knockouts. Marklin Bailey falls to 8-13, with 4 Knockouts.
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Undefeated Heavyweight Erick Arellano scored a four round unanimous decision over Mike Diorio. In what was a workmanlike performance, Arellano simply put the work in and forced the action throughout the four round bout against a durable opponent in Diorio. Official scores were: 40-36 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Arellano. Erick Arellano advances to 8-0, with 5 Knockouts. Mike Diorio falls to 1-6-1, with 0 Knockouts.
Lightweight Tobias Green scored a first round knockout of Juan Pena. Green quickly established that he had more punching power of the two fighters as he immediately began landing hard blows to the body and head from the opening bell. It would be a series of right hands to the head of Pena that would send him down to the canvas for the count late in round one. Official time of the stoppage was 2:47 of round one. Tobias Green advances to 11-3, with 4 Knockouts. Juan Pena falls to 32-12, with 23 Knockouts.
Lightweights began the evening as undefeated nineteen year old prospect Juan Davila scored a four round unanimous decision over veteran Weusi Johnson. Although Johnson would occasionally catch Davila with counter punches in the midst of some exchanges of punches throughout, Davila generally got the better of the action by initiating the combat and landing short, but effective combinations. Davila was also able to open a cut under the left eye of Johnson in the fourth and final round. Official scores were: 40-36, and 39-37 (On two scorecards) in favor of Davila. Juan Davila advances to 4-0, with 2 Knockouts. Weusi Johnson falls to 3-31-1, with 0 Knockouts.
The ninth installment of the Country Box series, with the theme of where Music Meets Boxing, also featured a live concert performed by Pop band KFHOX. The series, which debuted earlier this year and holds events on the first Tuesday of every month is also proving to be a spot for young fighters to develop and the next installment of the series scheduled for November 7th, it will be interesting to see how the series continues to evolve heading into 2024 as fighters develop into prospects as they look to progress in their respective careers.
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