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Photos and Story By Ricardo Ibarra
What was to be a showcase night for up and coming Northwest heavyweight prospect “Vicious” Vincent Thompson turned into a tougher than expected assignment against journeyman Giovanni Sarran last Saturday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Fighting in front of a packed house of local fans and headlining Roy Englebrecht’s Fight Night Club, Thompson had to work to earn his victory over his resilient opponent, boxing his way to a hard-earned six round unanimous decision victory.
From the outset of the bout it was clear that Thompson (13-0 2KO’s 243lbs.) looked to impose his will over his opponent and end matters quickly. As the first bell sounded, he quickly rushed Sarran (3-5 1KO 229 lbs.) and unloaded with hard power shots to the head and body, pushing him back and punishing him along the ropes. For three minutes Thompson battered Sarran, hurting him on several occasions and seemingly having him on the verge of a stoppage. Nearing the end of the round, Thompson cornered Sarran, prompting the referee to issue a standing eight-count when a barrage of punches had him sitting on the ropes to avoid the onslaught. As the first round came to a close the overwhelming consensus among ringside observers was that the fight would not go much longer. (continue reading…)
Knockouts the Theme of the Evening; Middleweight War Thrills Fans
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CHICAGO, IL, December 16, 2011 — In the final card of the year, 8 Count Productions continued its tradition of introducing promising fighters to Chicago fight fans, featuring a number of prospects and the pro debut of 2011 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Paul Littleton. The event was packed with explosive action, with the young boxers seeming to vie for who could achieve the quickest knockout. Andrzej Fonfara gave his fans what they were shouting for, and middleweights Viktor Polyakov and Foster Nkodo showed the grit that brought them to a showdown of undefeated prospects.
The first fight of the evening featured Oakland, Tennessee’s Curtis Lee Tate (252 lbs.,3-3, 3 KO’s) against Hannibal, Missouri’s Lance Edward Gauch (280 lbs., 3-4, 3KO’s) in a four-round heavyweight bout that promised not to go the distance, given the knockout records of the participants. The first round started slow, with Tate finding his range with a jab. When Gauch started countering with uppercuts, the fighters switched to some inside fighting. Tate seemed to have the sharper punches at the outset, but Gauch began looking for and finding targets, especially for his heavy right hand. Near the end of the round, Gauch’s punches began to take their toll, though Tate rallied at the end. (continue reading…)
CHICAGO, IL, December 14-, 2011 — 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has put together a sensational six bout undercard for Windy City Fight Night 20 set for this Friday, December 16th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
“Our goal is to keep the fans fully entertained the entire evening. Many are coming for the main event to see Andrzej Fonfara but we’ve put together an exciting undercard card full of terrific fights,” said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. (continue reading…)
CHICAGO, IL, October 16, 2011 — Tickets are now on sale as ‘The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara returns to the boxing ring on Friday, December 16th headlining Windy City Fight Night 20 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions.
Advance tickets priced at $76, $51, $36 and $31 can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Boxing Office (312-413-5740) or the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. (continue reading…)
Andrzej Fonfara Destroys “Seek and Destroy” Spearman and Jaime Herrera Looks Sharp Against Wiley Robert “The Wolf” Jones
Local Fighters Taken into Deeper Waters on Undercard with Mixed Results
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CHICAGO, IL, Friday, September 23, 2011 – Windy City fight Night 19, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, saw the return of fan favorite Andrzej Fonfara, whose huge contingent of Polish supporters were not disappointed by his efficient dissection of his latest foe. In the co-main event, Jaime Herrera successfully continued to build his winning streak in a war against the upset-minded Robert L. Jones. Chicago-based Ukrainian Viktor Polyakov was welcomed back to the ring by hard-punching Romaro St. Johnson. The undercard featured local fighters facing more experienced fighters, though not all proved to be the tests that they looked to be on paper, as well as the professional debut of Dimar Ortuz.
The first bout of the evening featured middleweight Viktor Polyakov (8-0, 6 KO’s, 161 lbs) of Chicago via Ukraine returning to the ring to face the more experienced Romaro St. Johnson (11-4-1, 7 KO’s, 161.5 lbs.) of Joliet. Both men came with bad intentions in the first round. St. Johnson worked behind a stiff jab, while Polyakov raked the body of his opponent and exploited the openings he created. By round’s end, the body shots were starting to take their toll on St. Johnson and his corner was urging him to return the favor. (continue reading…)