Bellevue, Washington Monday September 23rd This is the first major fight card that I have seen in the Seattle area or a nearby suburb in the last 2 years. Most of the recent cards have been at Indian Casinos or south of the city in Kent. This card figured to draw pretty well as it featured the very popular local heavyweight Joe "The Boss" Hipp. However, the card was not very well publicized. No coverage in the local papers, no radio or TV coverage, and only one ad in the paper that I saw. I actually know boxing fans who had no idea that the fight would be in Bellevue. The last card that I went to in Washington was in Hoaquim. This is a small fishing and lumber community over 100 miles from Seattle. It was held outdoors in a old semi-pro baseball stadium. THis card was held in the convention center in Bellevue. I walk up to the ticket window. I know several of the fighters on the card and figure this could actually be a decent card. The promoter claims that he expects to draw 1500 people. I think he will be lucky to draw 750 from what I have seen of local boxing cards. $75 gets me a first row seat right in the middle of the row and no more than 3 ft from the ring. The whole promotion is not very well run though. There are no ushers and since the place is only about 30% full the people who bought $20 tickets can just sit down front. Fight #1, 4 rounds Heavyweights Zach Moore 231 1/2lbs, 1-0, Tacoma, Wa. vs Boyd Combs 215lbs, Pro Debut, British Columbia This fight is not much of a contest. Zach seems to have the measure of Boyd early in the fight. Boyd is bobbing and weaving but not throwing any punches. He gets backed up into the cornet with a hard right hand. A 4-5 punch barrage makes the ref give a standing 8 count. Combs now fights very defensively and Zach moves in to finish off his opponent. Another standing 8 count and just after the ref stops the fight. Fight #2 Female Lightweights, 4 rounds Masuyo Oishi 133 3/4lbs, Pro Debut, Tokyo, Japan vs Melanie Blendell 135lbs, Pro Debut, Vancouver, B.C. Masuyo was touted as the only Japanesse female boxer. Masuyo came out in the first round throwing a good jab. Melanie took over about midway through the round. Melanie threw much harder punches as both traded quite a few punches. Blendell backed her opponent up to the ropes several times and landed good body punches and uppercuts. The 2nd round was also going for Blendell when Oishi scored a knockdown. The 3rd round was all Blendell and she got a standing 8 count. Both fighters were giving it their all and Oishi was bleeding and Blendell has bruises under both eyes. The 4th round was all Blendell and Oishi got another standing 8 count. Blendell went on to win a hard earned unanimous decision. Fight #3 Super Middle Weights, 6 rounds Kenny Ellis 162 1/4lbs, 13-0, Seattle, Wa. vs Jason Christopher 168 1/4lbs, 10-2 Boise, Idaho This fight was not much of a match. Ellis just dominated this fight the whole way. Christopher tried to use his reach and jab to keep Ellis off but just didn't have enough power to do so. He took a lot of punches in this fight. In the 2nd round he was really rocked. The ref was in the process of giving a standing 8 count when Ellis landed a devastating left hook that sent Christopher to the canvas for the 10 count. Ellis continues to impress. He seems ready to step up to 8-10 round fights now and can be considered somewhat of a prospect. Fight #4 Jr. MiddleWeights, 8 rounds Tim "Sandman" Shocks 153lbs, 11-3, Seattle, Wa. vs Darrell Cottrell 149lbs, 8-11, Ogden, Ut. This fight was as bad a mismatch in the ring as on paper. Shocks totally dominated Cottrell. Cottrell was constantly backing up and not throwing very many punhces. Shocks seemed to be waiting to time his right hand and left hook off of the jab in the first round. In the second round he was able to follow up that jab with hard power shots. He landed a hard combo midway through the 2nd round. Cottrell went down and the ref waved off the fight. Main Event Heavyweights, 10 rounds Joe "The Boss" Hipp 257lbs, 33-4 23 KOs, Yakima Wa. vs Fred Houpe 204lbs, 13-4, Chicago Il. As soon as Houpe entered the ring I knew this was going to be a quick fight. I have never heard anything about Houpe but I am sure that he use to be a cruiserweight. He wasn't very strong and looked very soft around the middle. He also had small legs. Hipp looked about the same as 7 weeks ago. His best fights have been at 235-240lbs. He came out and attacked Houpe. Houpe was backing up throwing a few jabs but mostly just trying to avoid the on rushing Hipp. A hard right cross knocked Houpe down early in the 1st round. Hipp followed up with a good body attack. The ref gave Houpe a standing 8 count. The fight could have continued but Houpe basically gave up at this point. The ref then stopped the fight at 1:51 of the 1st round. The promoter was talking about a rematch with Seldon or a possible Foreman fight. I can't see Hipp beating Seldon at 250+lbs. If he can train down to 240 or less he would have a shot. Hipp is a good brawler and has a pretty good chin. But he has to have enough speed to get inside and rumble. A foreman fight seems highly unlikely.
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