Photography by Tim Warner
Bahodir Mamadjonov (9-0) used speed,
aggression and effective body punching to close the show in the third round against
Aaron Anderson (2-12) at the Houston Club in downtown Houston. A left-hook to
the body sent Anderson down in the second round and again later in the round
with the same shot. Mamadjonov unleashed a flurry of shots that sent Anderson
down again in the third and forced referee Bobby Gonzales to stop the fight via
a TKO ruling 35 seconds into the frame. The end of the fight saw the fans
treated to a eastern European ballet number from the celebratory Mamadjonov
that had the crowd on its feet.
Light Heavyweight Medzhid Bektemirov
(7-0, 5 KOs) knocked out Matthew Thompson (2-4-1, 1 KO) at 1:23 into the first
round. A right hook had Thompson out on his feet against the ropes when
Bektemirov followed up with two additional shots that forced Thompson to the
floor. He was out cold for at least five minutes before waking up and caused a scary
moment for the fallen Thompson. Thompson was carried out on a stretcher and taken
to the emergency room for further observation. The classy Bektenirov also
performed a celebratory dance number for the audience at the conclusion of his
spectacular knockout win until he realized the potential seriousness of his opponents
injury and attended to him by helping the paramedics lift him onto the gurney.
Former Houston Texans player Marlon
Greenwood scored a 1st round knockout in his his pro debut by
stopping Jonathan Boyce at 2:25 into the opening stanza. Greenwood looks green
but who knows, with the right trainer and development maybe he can become a
nice heavyweight attraction in Houston.
Welterweight Joel Baglio of
Louisiana (6-0, 5 KOs) aggressively broke down Robert Hill (3-17) by knocking
him down three times and forcing Hill’s corner to throw in the towel at 2:38
into Round 4.
hopeful Fred Allen improved his record to 13-0 6Kos with a 4 round decision win
(40-36 3X) over Andrew Greeley. Allen utilized polished technique and above
average speed to turn away the challenge of the spirited Greeley. Greeley of
the fighting Greeley family of Louisiana dips to 14-38
Welterweight David Thomas made quick work of Maurice Boston by scoring a TKO at
0:48 into Round 1 in a matchup of pro debutants.
Eyubov Bakmtiyar moved to 2-0 by stopping a reluctant Jhaquis Davis (pro debut)
at the 2:57 mark of Round 3. Bakmtiyar also performed a dance number but this
time tried to incorporate his defeated opponent. Davis did not fancy these
actions and a 2nd fight almost broke out 3 minutes after the fight
had ended. Lou Saverese who had to this point already worked the crowd,
directed traffic for EMT staff now had to play negotiator in calming Davis down
and convincing him to leave the ring.
event was held at the Houston Club in the heart of downtown Houston and
promoted by Lou Saverese Promotions. The cozy but packed house was treated
graciously to cuisine and beverages and got the opportunity to talk with former
Heavyweight contender Lou Saverese who made himself accessible to all of those
whom wanted to meet him. He appears to have a good thing going by building up
local fighters and reinvigorating the Houston Boxing Scene.