OAK, Mich. -- The Kaltsas Promotion’s 10 bout fight
card presented at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, was showcased more
than expected. The last two headline fights, ended in first round
KO’s for the local winners, Anthony Barnes and Michael Portillo.
Barnes, a super middleweight, from Huntington Woods, now stands
at 6-0. His opponent, Darryl Fields from Akron, Ohio was a last
minute substitution for the scheduled four rounder. Fields was
caught off guard as Barnes came out charging and landed an early
heavy handed right. It was just 21 seconds into the fight. Fields
attempted to stand but it was all over.
Portillo’s opponent, Bernard Webster a middleweight from
Shawano, Wisconsin suffered a broken rib and the fight had to
be stopped. Portillo, a Detroit native son, who had a large following
in the audience, went to 3-0.
The slugfest four rounder between Dewayne Zeigler and Tony Walker
was the highlight of the evening. Walker of Cincinnati (5-5-2)
fought Zeigler, now of Detroit by way of Alabama (3-0- 1) to a
draw. It was the test Zeigler needed and he used his speed to
escape trouble. He knew he was in a war. Walker matched hard blows
and roundhouse lefts and was even the winner on some observer’s
unofficial scorecards. Each fighter countered with flurries. This
would be a huge rematch with real crowd pleasing potential. Walker
said post-fight, “I am glad I was able to respond and give
a good showing. He knew he was in a fight.”
Zeigler who goes by ‘Alabama’ had been bruised and
bloodied and was frustrated. He didn’t help his showmanship
style by cursing at the audience during post fight comments. Long
time boxing observer Robert Woods said, “Alabama got more
than he expected. Alabama was fortunate to escape with a draw.
Since it was just a four-rounder, both fighters gave it their
Veteran trainer James Lester had two of his fighters warned during
their bouts. Leandre White (7-0. 2 KO’s) used hard lefts
to get a four round middleweight decision over Quincy Brown of
Montgomery, Alabama. White was cautioned for low blows. The bout
started late as there was a wrong glove issue.
Dorrell Van Horn Jr. (5-0, 4 KO’s) knocked down Pete Cajigas
of Chicago in the first round with a crisp left and went on to
a four round super-middleweight decision win. Cajigas was hampered
by an earlier head-but that bled and obscured his vision in the
fourth and final round.
Heavyweight Craig Lewis made his long anticipated professional
debut with a four round decision over a strong Raymundo Lopez
(4-11) of Holland, Michigan. Lewis, a former Golden Gloves National
Champion, was cautious and Lopez surprised with his aggressiveness
Ed Williams who is trained by Frank Tate went to 5-0-1 with a
second round KO over Jose Araguz of Benton Harbor, Michigan.
In a woman’s bought, Callie Cutler of Brighton, Michigan
took out Tiana Barber of Toledo, Ohio. Barber, who suffered a
broken rib, could not finish the first round. It was Cutler’s
first pro win.
Anthony Gallerani (3-1) of Livonia, Michigan had spirited supporters
but lost for the first time in a four round bantamweight split
decision over Carlos Alcala of Chicago. It was a close slugfest
and became Alcala’s first pro win (1-4).
Junior Wright (11-0-1, 9 KO’s) also of Chicago got a unanimous
cruiserweight decision over Marlon Hayes (23-15, 11KO’s)
of Brooklyn, New York. Wright was frustrated by the unorthodox
style of Hayes. Hayes kept interacting with the opposition corner
and chatting up hecklers in the audience. He was staggered in
the sixth with a heavy left from Wright. Hayes lost his chance
for an upset by being penalized a point in both the fifth and
sixth for clutching.
Matchmaker Carlos Llinas said, “The crowd is very responsive
to the quality of boxers tonight.”
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