||January 21st Boxing Event
is Standing Room Only!
Submitted by Pamela C.
Saturday night at White Rock Gym was at
its full capacity with over 350 fight fans sitting and standing
along the walls and literally outside to watch the live action in
the ring. Cars and trucks filled the parking lot and the road sides
along Hwy 76. It was apparent to every passerby that there was
something exciting going on in White Rock, SC.
At 8:30 pm ring announcer Sean Fink got
the evening going with the introduction of a local musical artist
Henry Flowers. Oh my goodness let me tell you this man has a voice
from heaven and when he sings I guarantee you that every one in the
house had goose bumps on them by the end of Mr. Flower’s amazing
rendition of our National Anthem. The fans were on their feet early.
Billy Stanick is a true believer in
safety. Along with the ringside doctor, Reginald Parker Billy had
two ambulance services on standby Mitch Hall and Brad Amick with
Richland County and Palmetto Ambulance Service. These guys had a
busier than normal night with boxer Albert Thompson going to the
hospital after being KO’d by Rommel Rene in the fourth bout of the
night. (Details follow in article). Judges Cindy Campbell, Ed
Martella, Jeff Ensinger and Referees Mark Campbell and Bruce Foster
were also on top of their game during the night with the scheduled
10 bout fight card. However, Bout 7 with Johnny Molina and Frank
Reed did not make it to the canvas due to Reed’s blood pressure
being too high to fight. Molina’s disappointment is note worthy.
Johnny was pumped, ready and most anxious to get back in the ring.
He’s been training really hard and staying on top of his homework.
Boxing is his job and his life. Point blank Johnny Molina is ready.
Bout 1 of the night brought
welterweights Marcus Brooks of Saluda, SC and Winston-Salem, NC’s
Kevin Carter together in a great start to the evening. Round one
each boxer was checking the other, but Brooks was more active and
aggressive with his jabs. Carter came out in round three working in
hopes of winning the round. Catching Brooks with a few jabs,
combinations and a left upper cut Carter was trying to bring it to
his opponent. Marcus stood his ground and showed natural boxing
skills. Round four, the last and final round both boxers gave the
fans a great fight. At the end of this fight Brooks has a bloody
nose and Carter was sporting a swollen left eye. The judges had
Brooks ahead on points and their decision went to him. Marcus Brooks
improves his pro record to 3 (2KO’s) – 0.
Middleweights Tim Hall (1-1) from
Athens, GA and Lancaster, SC’s Lorenzo Crawford (aka: Black
Stallion) got busy in the 2nd bout of the night. Both
fighters answered the bell in round one with hooks and straights
flying. Crawford went down from Hall’s right hook in round one and a
straight left in round two. Finally, the referee stopped the bout
when Hall sends the Black Stallion to the canvas for the second time
of round two with a left hook. Tim Hall takes this bout with a 2nd
Bout 3 was a quick one with
Georgia’s Preston Haliburton taking on Mickey Barnickle out of TN.
Haliburton landed a straight left on Barnickle’s chin and this
Tennessee boy didn’t want any more. Barnickle did not answer the
bell for round 2. Haliburton wins!
Bout 4 was looking good with
Rommel “TANK” Rene coming to the center of the ring with Lancaster’s
Albert Thompson. These boxers came out the corners with so much
energy and trading punches. Then in a blink of an eye the “TANK”
nailed Thompson with a straight right, dude was down hard and not
moving. In round two with 2:30 on the clock this bout was history.
The “TANK” stopped Thompson in his tracks, literally and wins by way
of KO. Dr. Parker and EMTs immediately jumped in the ring to take of
business. This stopped the bouts for about 10 minutes while Thompson
was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures after
complaints of the head. This young man did suffer from a mild
concussion; however he is fine and was released from the hospital
In bout 5 the female boxers
showed their stuff and the crowd loved it. Out of Shelby, NC,
Donna Biggers who holds three title belts (WIBC Featherweight
Title, WBB Lightweight Title, and WBE Women’s Super Featherweight
Title) and Joy Irvin hailing from Fort Smith, AR, were
scheduled for four rounds. Biggers landed her combinations and
brought her fight to Irvin. Irvin showed the fans that she is
competitive and has heart. This young lady took a lot of hard
punches and body shots the Nature Girl delivered. However, with a
bloody nose Irvin could not continue round 3. Donna was composed,
relaxed and stuck to her game plan; even after taking an elbow to
the fore head. The Nature Girl adds another win to her pro record.
(18 W (15KO’s) – 2L – 1D)
The next bouts were swift ones.
Bout 6 was another female bout
between Camden, SC’s Jennifer Johnson (0-1) and Puerto Rican
Melissa Hernandez (1-0) traveling from Bronx, NY. Folks, this
was the second time I’ve seen Johnson in the ring and both times
this girl comes to the ring not ready. Hernandez made her presence
know in the ring with her energy; this young lady was ready for the
bout. And again, Johnson was not and quit only moments after the
first round bell.
AGAIN: Bout 7 with Johnny Molina
and Frank Reed was cancelled due to Reed’s blood pressure being too
high to fight.
So, bout 7 of the night was a match up
between World Boxing Bureau World Champion Skyler Thompson of
Rockford, IL and TN’s David Brewer. Thompson came out his corner
throwing hard combinations and punching Brewer in the back several
times before having points deducted. This made no difference to
Brewer he could not handle the Illinois WBB Champion. Referee stops
this bout at 2:23 in the 1st round. Thompson goes home
with the win.
The super heavyweights entered the ring
and went the 4 round distance in bout 8. Willie Walker of Athens, GA
and local Kenny Williams fighting out of Palmetto Boxing & Fitness
slugged it out for the four rounds and it was all noticeable by the
end of the fight. Both boxers looked as if there were sizing each
other up and enticing one another. Seconds into the first round
Walker’s corner yells “Go old school Big Willie”! Walker begins
throwing his punches. Williams counter attacks with his own
combinations. Each punch is heard loud and clear; the crowd reacts
with each one. In round 2 these big heavyweights were slugging it
out in the corners and on the ropes. At the end of this round both
guys were fatigued. A slow start to round 3 but midway through the
action picked up. Williams landed body shots; which seemed to get
Big Willie’s attention. Walker landed his own straight right which
shook Williams and backed him up a couple of steps. Williams kept
coming and returned his own straight left. The last and final round
wasn’t much action until Big Willie hears from his corner again “Go
south paw and hook”. The hook would land hard and Williams felt it.
The fans enjoyed this big heavyweight action and it was a close one.
The judge’s split decision goes to Big Willie Walker.
The main event brought the fans
again to their feet for their hometown favorite undefeated
heavyweight Moultrie Witherspoon who went up against
Jamestown, TN’s 259 lb heavyweight Greg McWhirter. These
boxers went the distance in this 6 round bout. Moultrie executed in
the ring what he had been working on in training ~ his jab.
McWhirter absorbed a lot of hard hits. This Tennessee guy has heart,
determination and is one tough son of a gun. Counter attacking with
his combinations and quick reflexes gave Witherspoon the round
experience he had been waiting for. Trainer Jose Molina instructs
Witherspoon to use his 1-2 combination and to go to the body. “Stick
the jab! Got to the body – body wide open, right hand to body!
Mooch, upstairs, go to body, put pressure on him!” yells Molina.
McWhirter still moves forward and counter attacking with his
combinations. In round 4 McWhirter got busy and backed Moultrie up
with a series of right jabs followed with a straight left. Going
into round 5 McWhirter’s demeanor was more like he was sparring and
not in an actual fight. He got in a few good hits, but at the end of
the fight Greg McWhirter’s left eye was red, blue and swollen.
Afterwards, Moultrie says “I could have gone 2 more rounds”.
Witherspoon wins this bout and is still White Rock’s own undefeated
heavyweight sensation with a professional record of 8 W (4KO’s) – 0
This event definitely made a boxing
statement for what SC fight fans will want to see all year. Billy
Stanick is a hard working man and without him events like this would
not be possible; he is our local boxing icon. And, behind every
boxing man there is a great team. Kudos goes out to Billy, his team
and Head Hunter Promotions for bringing this wonderful event to the
public. We also thank our sponsors for their great support, S&K
Menswear for providing Sean Fink’s tuxedo for the night, our
favorite ring card girl from White Rock the beautiful Ali Malta,
HOOTERS for providing ring card girls to help Ali, Danny Easterling,
Jr for helping the girls in and out of the ring, our timekeeper
Daniel Easterling, Sr., SC Athletic Commission, our officials and
Look for upcoming news on the next
professional boxing event to be held at Jamil Shrine Temple in
Columbia, SC scheduled for February 4, 2006m by Dream Fight