Good fight judge Sarah was there and she brought along great fight fan Vanessa, who’s cousin fought in the “main-event” and they, along with the rest of the folks had a great time. Time keeper (Bryan Standridge) kept perfect time, judges (Jon Kennedy, Enos Standridge, Mark Carter and Gerald Ritter) got all their decisions right. The promoter wasn’t proud of the “head-count” but what the crowd lacked in numbers they made up for in noise. A live band showed up and they rocked it out, loud and nasty but I never did get their name (the female singer was good).
This great building (The Farmers Market) looks like “John Wayne’s Alamo” and appears about that old, but it’s a terrific place to hold fights whether it be M.M.A., Toughman or Professional Boxing. The Thursday night “fight-card” consisted of eight well-matched “mixed-martial-arts” contests. Here’s what went down.
Bout#1 – Saint Louis Missouri’s Donald Scott (155#) and Midwest City Oklahoma’s Pat Krencicki (155#) put on a terrific show with Scott squeaking out a close 29/28 unanimous decision. I’d like to see these two guys in a rematch.
Bout#2 – Blackwell Oklahoma’s Hector Arteaga (145#) was game but was knocked out by Dallas Texas’ Humberto Martinez (145#) in 1:58 of the first round. Martinez kept dishing it out and Arteaga kept taking it and with a puncher like Martinez it didn’t take long.
Bout#3 – Bout three was the “big-boys’ turn when Blanchard Oklahoma’s 300# Daniel Ray (I’m not kidding) took on Seminole Oklahoma’s 350# Dakotah Beaver (still not kidding). Believe it or not they went the full three rounds with Ray taking a 30/27 unanimous decision. That’s a lot of “blubber” in the ring at one time but it definitely was “tough blubber”.
Bout#4 – This one ended a bit unusually. Round one was fairly close but at 1:11 of round two Oklahoma City’s Chris Thornton (125#) complained about getting poked in the eye. When referee Gerald Ritter stopped the action and went over to caution Lawton Oklahoma’s Jesse Roman (125#) on the foul, Roman complained that he had dislocated his shoulder and couldn’t continue. Ritter had no choice but award the bout to Thornton.
Bout#5 – This was a close one with Oklahoma City’s Justin Smith (155#) pounding out a close three round decision over Dallas Texas’ Andrew Sosa (155#). These two battlers would also make for a great rematch.
Bout#6 – This fight proved true the old cliché that you “can’t-count-your-chickens-before-they’re-hatched”. Lawton Oklahoma’s Donald Maddox (155#) pretty much ‘put-a-whippin” on Derick McArthur (155#) in round one and round two but 53 seconds into the third round Maddox” ran out of gas” and tapped out from a vicious “rear-necked’ choke” by a fresher McArthur. This was a perfect example why your coach screams “cardio-man-cardio” in the gym every day.
Bout#7 – This fight lasted exactly 43 seconds. When it appeared that Lawton Oklahoma’s Mike Pritts (heavyweight) might have received a “low-blow” (referee Gerald Ritter didn’t call it low) he stopped fighting and Dallas Texas’ Jeff Toro (heavyweight) made him pay. He loaded up with a series of vicious punches to the head and body and the referee quickly stopped it.
Bout#8 – This was the state “155# Amateur Title” and went for the full three rounds. At first Altus Oklahoma’s Prajedis “Joel” Villarreal (155#) didn’t appear as big or as strong as Harrah Oklahoma’s Shakir McKillips (155#) but looks can, at times, be deceiving. Villarreal made the most of his talents and won a unanimous three round decision. These two guys would still make for a great rematch.