Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 (Hammond, IN) – Another entertaining night inside the Venue at the Horseshoe casino brought to you by Hitz Boxing. 7 total fights on the card highlighted by a heavyweight war between Nick Asberry and Malcolm Tann, and Headliner Mike Jimenez trying to make good on his promise of a KO.
Bout 1: Tyrome Jones (3-0, 1 KO) vs. Matt Murphy (1-5-1, 1 KO)
Super Lightweight Matt Murphy has made a living fighting tough fights on the road. Looking at his record, you’d think he was simply an “opponent.” When you look closer, you will see his 5 losses have all come to undefeated fighters, and his one win was also against an undefeated fighter (a very good one in prospect Kenneth Thomas, Jr.). Tyrome Jones had a war with Fred Bowen his last time out, and knew immediately he couldn’t judge Murphy by his record. After feeling each other out in the first round, Murphy started unloading bombs in the 2nd. Jones was trapped against the ropes several times, and Murphy was gaining confidence. Round 3 saw the boxing skill and jab of Jones start to dominate, and Murphy faded quickly. Murphy didn’t do himself any favors with his habit of punching himself in the jaw every time Jones landed a solid shot. After 4 rounds it went to the cards, where Jones improved to 4-0 with a unanimous decision win. (HeavyBagBoxing.com scored the fight 39-37 Jones)
Bout 2: Frankie Winton (1-1, 1 KO) vs. Nate Petty (1-30-1)
Frankie Winton was back in action for the first time since suffering his first loss a year ago. Nathan Petty won his debut in 2008, and has proceeded to drop 30 fights in a row since then (with one draw thrown in for good measure). Petty made sure Winton got back on a winning streak in Round 2 after a string of about 30 unanswered punches by Winton caused Petty’s corner to throw in the towel giving Winton a TKO victory and improving his record to 2-1.
Bout 3: Kevin Cruz (4-0, 3 KO) vs. Tomas Aguilera (2-0-1, 1 KO)
Kevin Cruz is unlike most prospects in the fact that he has yet to face an opponent with a losing record. Tonight was no different, as undefeated Aguilera had no plans to lose this fight. It was a back and forth battle for the first two rounds, but Cruz showed enough to win them. In Round 3 it appeared Cruz was “cruzing,” but with a minute left Aguilera caught him with a vicious left hook that had Cruz immediately looking to clinch and recover. Round 4 was a round the fans come to see, with both fighters unloading and connecting on several brutal power shots.. The judges had it 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38 for a majority decision victory for Cruz, moving his record to 5-0. (HeavyBagBoxing.com scored the fight 39-37 Cruz)
Bout 4: Shawn Simpson (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Luis Guerrero (0-6)
Chicago’s Shawn Simpson fought in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a pro, and his fans were loud and proud supporting him. Simpson literally swarmed Guerrero in the opening seconds of round 1, and never let up. The beating was so relentless it seemed as though Simpson had something personal against his opponent. Guerrero was down once in the 1st, and after another brutal knockdown in round 2, his corner stepped in and stopped the fight.
“It was my first pro fight here in Chicago, so I had to make sure to put on a show,” said Simpson (3-0) after the fight to a loud ovation.
Bout 5: Zac Triantafillo (2-3, 1 KO) vs. Skylar Thompson (12-18, 10 KO)
Zac Triantafillo started off his career in 2011 with 2 wins, followed by 3 straight losses and a 3 ½ year hiatus. Back in action tonight vs. Skylar Thompson, it was a fight that could have been sponsored by your favorite fast food drive thru. Both heavyweights don’t seem to be huge fans of cardio, but it ended up going the scheduled distance of 4 rounds. The fight was full of clinching, head butting, and hitting on the break, with an occasional clean punch interrupting the holds. Triantafillo seemed to be getting the better of those clean punches, and the judges gave him a unanimous decision to even his record at 3-3.
Co-Feature Bout: Nick Asberry (9-0, 4 KO) vs. Malcolm Tann (23-4, 12 KO)
Nick Asberry has only fought twice in the past 23 months, but decided to make a big step up anyway and brought in Malcolm “The Showstopper” Tann and his impressive record from Arizona. Asberry seemed to have his way in the first two rounds, controlling the ring and being the aggressor. After the fight Tann admitted that Asberry had him hurt in round 1. Something happened in round 3 though, as Tann came out hungry. A thudding hook sent Asberry into the ropes and Tann jumped on the wobbly Asberry and never let him recover. The ref could have stopped the action for a 10 count, because it was obvious to most in the building that the only thing that kept Asberry up was the ropes, but he let the onslaught continue until it was obvious Asberry would not recover and waved the fight off in round 3.
Headliner: Mike Hollywood Jimenez (19-1-1, 13 KO) vs. Miguel Cubos (8-11, 6 KO)
After warring to a draw this spring against Aaron Pryor, Jr., Jimenez was craving a fight against somebody he wouldn’t have to chase around the ring. Cubos gave him exactly what he wanted, willing to stand and slug with more talented Jimenez. Cubos, to his credit, did get up several times off the canvas to let Hollywood continue the beating. After the 3rd knockdown of the 5th round, Cubos informed the referee that he would not be getting up this time. Jimenez gets his 20th pro win, and his 14th KO. After the fight, he decided to look for bigger and better opposition, calling out fellow Chicago fighter Mike Lee, a Light Heavyweight.