This weeks Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 brought us three entertaining bouts. The first being a ten round Middleweight match-up between Chicago veteran Don “Da Bomb” George (24-3-2, 21 KO’s) and Minnesota native Caleb Truax (21-1-1, 12 KO’s). The second bout being a Junior Middleweight bout between former MMA fighter Ken Glenn (2-0, 1 KO) and twenty one year old Gavin Quinn (1-0, 0 KO’s). The main event brought us a 12 round bout between Cuban up and coming star Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KO’s) and Thailand veteran Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KO’s). The winner of the main event would become the IBF #1 Junior Lightweight contender.
Leading into the first fight, Caleb Traux was 3-0 with two of those win having come by knockout. He had also suffered a broken thumb in his last win against Matt Vanda on Jan 19. Caleb Traux up to this fight had only suffered a loss against a diminished former champion Jermaine Taylor. Don George who was the favorite coming in, was a disappointing 2-2-1 in his last 5 bouts. Before the fight it seemed that George was going to be the aggressor and apply constant pressure, but from the first bell it was Traux who was applying the pressure. Midway through the first round Don George trying to attack ran straight into a Traux right hand followed by a left hook that stunned George. At that point it seemed that Traux was a few shot from ending it in the first round, landing right hands at will. Round two was no different as Don came out throwing his bombs, and again getting countered by a devastating right hand that stopped him in his tracks. By the third round it was obvious by the power punch stats how this fight was going to go. Caleb Traux was 23/35 landing 66 percent of his power shots, to the measly 3/10 that George landed. Finally in the sixth round George was knocked out by a stiff one-two combination followed by a huge right hand that landed behind George’s ear. George’s main flaw was what decided his fate in the end, that being his inability to have any head movement or defense at all. Caleb Traux now has a lot to look forward to in his boxing career, and Don George who has lost 3 of his last 6 fights needs has taken another huge step back in his career.
The next fight brought us two beginners, Ken Glenn and Gavin Quinn. Quinn who had not fought since 2010, showed how rusty he really was throughout the one sided affair. Ken Glenn easily dominated every single round beating Quinn to the punch leaving him battered and bloodied at the end of the four round beating, scoring 40-36 on all three judges scorecards.
The main event brought us a provocative match-up between undefeated Rances Barthelemy and former Muah Thai fighter Fahsai Sakkreerin. Barthelemy who had just come of a controversial win on Friday Night Fights, knew that he needed to prove that he really was a top class contender in the Junior Lightweight division. Based on his unusual 5’11 height and 73” reach for a Junior lightweight, one knew that his jab and long reach would be a big advantage against his 5’3 opponent. The first round was a feeling out round were Barthelemy landed a few jabs with Sakkreerin attempting to get inside and land left hands. Right at the start of the second round, Barthelemy slowly began measuring and timiing Sakkreerin coming in. This lead to two powerful uppercuts to the body that put Sakkreerin on the canvas ending the fight.
Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 again failed to disappoint and gave us some stimulating fights. We learned that there is a tough Middleweight by the name of Caleb Traux that could possibly make any fighters night difficult. With the big win for Rances Barthelemy, he proves that he does deserve the #1 IBF contender spot and could pose some serious problems to current IBF Junior Lightweight champion Argenis Mendez.
Hector “El Torito” Gomez