Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Country Box March 5, 2024 Results From Nashville, TN

Rising unbeaten Heavyweight Erick Arellano  fought to a six round majority draw with veteran Raphael Carolina on Tuesday night at the Texas Troubador Thearte in Nashville, TN. Arellano, who had scored seven knockouts in his ten career wins had a tougher than expected test against Carolina, who entered the bout with a 2-4 record in six professional fights. Despite the record Carolina had prior to the bout, he showed himself to be a crafty southpaw that was able to withstand the best of what Arellano was able to throw at him including his right hand. Carolina’s strength throughout the fight was his ability to land periodic counter punches and was  Official scores were: 59-55, (Arellano) and 57-57 (Even on two scorecards resulting in the draw.) Erick Arellano advances to 10-0-1, with 7 Knockouts. Raphael Carolina advances to 2-4-1, with 1 Knockout. 

Also on this card:

Undefeated Jr. Welterweight  Ermes Orta scored a second round knockout of Cody Jenkins. Orta immediately put Jenkins, a bareknuckle boxer on the defensive frequently landing his right hand to the body and head. The one sided punishment resulted in three knockdowns in the first round and two in the second when Jenkins after taking significant punishment to the body shook his head in resignation. Official time of the stoppage was 1:30 of round two. Ermes Orta advances to 6-0, with 6 Knockouts. Cody Jenkins falls to 0-2, with 0 Knockouts.

Heavyweight Rydell Mayes scored a brutal first round knockout of Ritchie Cherry. A flush left hook to the head nearly sent Cherry through the ropes. From this point on Cherry though able to get up from the knockdown was in survival mode. Three knockdowns followed with Cherry being laid out for the count on the fourth knockdown from another left hook. Official time of the stoppage was 2:47 of round one. Rydell Mayes advances to 15-2, with 14 Knockouts. Ritchie Cherry falls to 3-13, with 1 Knockout.

Heavyweight Kahlil Smoot scored five knockdowns across three rounds of Francois Russell. The end came when veteran Russell was sent down to a knee for the fifth time from a right hand.  Official time of the stoppage was 1:20 of round three. Kahill Smoot advances to 9-3, with 9 Knockouts. Francois Russell Russell falls to 3-41, with 3 Knockouts.

The evening also featured live music performed by Robbie Cockrell. CountryBox: Where music meets Boxing is gradually developing into a platform for young fighters to showcase their developing skills. In addition to their long standing relationship with Triller TV (Formerly FITE), the March 2024 edition was the first to be carried on multiple streaming platforms including the Fox-owned Tubi.  Whether or not the fighters who hope to reach prospect status will be able to step up in the caliber of their competition in their next bouts remains to be seen. It would not surprise this observer given how competitive the main event of this card was as well as the fact to be frank that Raphael Carolina was not expected to be competitive, much less take the undefeated Erick Arellano to a draw, to see the two meet again down the line in a rematch. 

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