Mchunu Wins On NBC/Main Events Show Saturday

Final Results from Foxwoods:
Dargan & Mchunu Walk Away With NABF Titles

Thabiso Mchunu

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In the main event of the afternoonn cruiserweights Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs) and Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-8-1, 7 KOs) faced off for the NABF Cruiserweight Title. The ten-round cruiserweight match-up between Mchunu’s southpaw style and Wilson’s wild style made for an exciting fight. Thabiso landed some clean shots and Wilson countered to no avail. The fifth round was slow with Wilson chasing down Mchunu and Wilson finally landing some shots. The ninth round started off with a bang, both fighters were trading big punches. The crowd began chanting for Wilson and the action started to pick up in the final round with both fighters coming out swinging. In the tenth, the referee deducted a point from Mchunu for holding, but it did not matter as Mchunu retained his NABF Cruiserweight Title with a unanimous decision victory (96-93, 99-90 and 98-91).

After the fight Mchunu said, “First of all thank God. Thank you for supporting me to all my fans in South Africa. My trainer, Sean, and my corner for getting me this victory smooth and easy. I would like to thank all of you for coming to the fight. I had it in mind it was going to be tough, really tough. It was as tough as I expected. He is a strong guy. I knew after three rounds it was going to be tough but then I nearly knocked him out. I knew it was going to be tough and I just can’t go for the knockout. I knew it was going to go for the distance. I boxed him. I showed I can think in the ring. I’m smart. I’m fast and elusive.” He added, “I want the WBC belt, there is a guy from Poland [Krzysztof Wlodarczyk] who got it so I am going for him. After that I will fight the other guys like Marco Huck [current WBO champion] and [Yoan Pablo] Hernandez.”

Garrett Wilson

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“He’s fast. I didn’t quite listen to my corner like I was supposed to. I dropped the ball on this one but even if he wins that world title, I ain’t done,” explained Wilson. “I will be right back. It is just the beginning. I may not have gotten the NABF this time but I am going to be back as long as he is willing to rematch me. I wasn’t listening to my corner and I paid for it. His defense was pretty good. His defense was really good and I couldn’t figure it out the way I wanted to. He kept leaning down and I kept ending up over top of him. I have been making adjustments and hopefully we get a rematch going on. I am going at that belt. Let’s keep it going.”

Mchunu connected for for 54% (105 of 195) of his power punches whereas Wilson only connected for 23% (54 of 231). Also Mchunu (53 of 211 for 25%) threw more than two times as many jabs as Wilson (18 of 108 for 17%). The total punch comparison also favored Mchunu (158 of 406 for 39% compared to 72 of 339 for 21%).

Karl Dargan

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Starting off the live broadcast on NBC Fight Night was ten-round battle between undefeated lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) and Angino “The Nightmare” Perez (16-6, 14 KOs). The bout started slow with both fighters feeling each other out. Dargan was knocked down in the second and got up with a couple of hard shots at Perez. Dargan knocked down Perez in the fifth but he managed to make it back to his feet. “Dynamite” made quick work of Perez after that and knocked him out with a face first fall a few seconds later to secure the Junior NABF Lightweight Title. Now the 29-year old Dargan has two belts (USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight Title).

Perez & Dargan

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In the fight Dargan connected for 42& of his punches (71 of 170) whereas Perez only connected for 17% (38 of 230). Although both fighters threw nearly the same number of power punches (96 for Dargan and 87 for Perez) Dargan connected for almost twice as many of them (50 as compared to 27 for Perez) for 52% when compared to 31% for Perez.

Angino Perez

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“I knew he could punch and I knew he got power. He had about a 90% knockout ratio but I don’t care who it is. He caught me with a good shot but I wasn’t hurt. It was like a buzz. I got back up there. I guess he thought he could pressure me so I just basically lured him in,” explained Dargan. “Him coming forward and me being able to step in the middle of it put more power on me. After the first knockdown my corner said just don’t come straight for the head; go for the body because he doesn’t really expect it.” He added, “Of course I don’t see anyone in my division I don’t see why I can’t beat them. I have the dedication so that I can go up against any of them. I use my ability when it is needed.”

Everett & Wilson

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After the live NBC broadcast middleweights Anthony Everett (0-2) and David Wilson (4-0) met for four rounds. Wilson remained undefeated with all three judges scoring the bout 40-36. Everett is still looking for his first professional victory.

White & Apostol

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The final fight before the NBC broadcast featured Piotr Apostol (1-0) of Atlantic City, NJ and Tyrell White (0-2) of Queens, NY for four rounds of wild lightweight action. Apostol managed to squeak out the split decision victory. The fight was close with two judges scoring the bout 39-37 for Apostol and one judge scoring the bout 40-36 for White.

Perez & Mauras

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In a lightweight rematch Joseph “Chip” Perez (10-3-2, 3 KOs) and Agustine “The Dancing Jaguar” Mauras (6-0-3, 3 KOs) met for six rounds. Perez and Mauras’ previous fight, back in July of this year, ended in a draw. Both men started the fight aggressively. In this action-packed bout both fighters gave their all and the crowd was pumped to watch these two warriors battle it out for another brutal six rounds. Ultimately, the judges scored the bout 58-56 for Mauras, 58-56 for Perez and 57-57 for a split draw.”I thought I fought more aggressively this time, explained Perez. “I thought I got the win both times. I am not taking anything away from him and I have nothing against him but I thought I got the win.” Mauras added, “We need an eight-rounder to make the determination. He came to fight and I always come to fight. I will fight him again or anyone else.”

Barrera & Watkins

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Undefeated light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (13-0, 8 KOs) of Miami, FL knocked out Eric Watkins (10-8-1, 5 KOs) of Harris, NY. Barrera was leading the entire bout but Watkins managed to hold his own. Sullivan managed to finally take down Watkins at 0:24 in the sixth round. After the fight Barrera said, “I feel great. I am very happy with the new team. I am very happy to be training in Big Bear Lake. I want to thank Main Events and NBC for putting this fight on.” Barrera remains undefeated after his first fight with his new trainer, Abel Sanchez.

Foster (top left), Jackson (bottom left) & Foster & Jackson (right)

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In the first fight of the afternoon super middleweight Charles “The Truth” Foster (6-0, 3 KOs) of New Haven, CT made quick work of Robert Jackson (0-2) of Hampton, VA stopping him at 1:51 in the first round.

*Note: All records have been updated to reflect today’s results.



-The Commish :

Solid card by Main Events. A few of these guys are going to be heard from in 2015, especially Mchunu, Barrera and Dargan. I wonder if the commission which runs boxing up at Foxwoods (the Mashantucket Pequot Boxing Athletic Commission) is still run by the same guys when I was their Director of Boxing. The guy who headed it--along with his assistant--were called "Beavis & Butthead" by fellow employees behind their backs. Beavis was the "Yes man" while Butthead called the shots. He was the worst commissioner I have ever worked with or known. One time, on a night Butterbean was fighting there, he almost cancelled Butterbean's fight. Why? Because Butterbean was chewing gum in the dressing room and Butthead had made up a rule that gum chewing in the dressing room was not allowed. It wasn't allowed because Butthead said that the gum could be laced with performance enhancing drugs. Butterbean said he always chews gum prior to a fight. He said it helps him relax. You should have seen the argument between the two of them. Butthead won the argument, and Butterbean had to get rid of the gum. I whispered to Butterbean, "Just get rid of the gum. When Butthead leaves the room, stick some more gum in your mouth." He did exactly that, then stopped chewing when Butthead walked back into the room around 15 minutes later. Butthead gave "DUMB" a whole new meaning. -Randy G.

-oubobcat :

The Dargan fight was surprisingly very entertaining. His opponent, Perez, had lost every time he stepped up and been KO'd a few times. Perez appeared to be there to just showcase Dargan's talents on national tv but really came to win and almost pulled the upset. Dargan was in big trouble in the 3rd and showed a lot of heart and fortitude to come back from that adversity. Dargan has some really good skills as well as some natural talent. His hands are very quick and he has very good fluid movement in the ring. From this fight, he needs a little more seasoning but later in 2015 can see him emerging as the next fighter to really rise from this series. A good fight for him next would be Estrada who just gave Figueora a tough fight or the winner of Cherry-Belmontes. Right now, I'd pick Mchunu against any cruiserweight out there. He is very slick defensively and an excellent counter puncher. To me, he's a poor man's Rigondeaux. A little more offensive minded than Rigondeaux but you get the point. Mchunu makes you miss, makes you pay and then gets out of range. He has very quick hands and quick feet. I can see him having a hard time getting opponents because of his style and ability.

-The Shadow :

The Rock vs. Ultimate Warrior? What is this, Xbox 360? Mchunu is nice. Where he learned that slick ish from, I have no idea. You're right my dude, no one will want to fight him. Because his style of domination is less transparent to the untrained eye, there will be no one clamoring for the titlists to take him on. Which is a shame. He's as dominant and superior as anyone out there. How do you beat him? You can wait for him to get tired. That's the only thing I see. He's got that sort of "unbeatable" style and discipline to carry it out over the course of a fight. That particular attribute reminds of Andre Ward in a sense. Strict focus and discipline throughout a fight. Doesn't look like you can sucker him out of his comfort zone, "outside himself" like Austin "Plenty Doubt" Trout. He'll stick to what he does and win. Slick fighters rule, pun intended. By the way, where's El Dude?