Professional boxing returned to the Quad Cities Saturday, May 31, with Armer Boxing and Calkins Sports Productions: Judgment Day, in front of a packed house at the historic Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, IA.
In the opening bout middleweight Jeremy Marts scored TKO victory over Frank Young. This was Frank Young’s pro debut in boxing and a grudge match in the squared circle as Marts also defeated Young in an MMA fight in 2012. Marts came out throwing body punches, trying to get Young to drop his guard. As the first round was coming to a close, southpaw Jeremy Marts landed a left hook upstairs putting Frank Young down. The ref waved the fight off as Frank tried to regain his legs.
Next up, East Moline’s Gilbert Venegas Jr (son of QC boxing legend Gilbert Venegas) made his pro debut, beating William Bokhart by second round TKO. Venegas Jr scored a flash knock down in the first round with a straight right hand, Bokhart beat the count and made it out of the round. Round 2 Bokhart came out aggressive, throwing right hooks in an attempt to gain control of the fight. This had no effect on Venegas Jr as he was able land another straight right hand through the guard of Bokhart, putting him down for second time. Bokhart survived the count again only to immediately be put down with a vicious right hook from Venegas Jr and to have the fight waived off.
Fighting out of Moline, IL, Limberth Ponce TKO’s Eli Smith in two rounds. Ponce took control of the fight early with his fast combinations and heavy power punches, forcing Eli Smith to fight backing up. Limbo, not wanting to lose the momentum he established in round one, continued with a barrage of punches putting Smith down with a right hand. Eli, able to make the count, was backed into the ropes where Ponce unleashed bombs finishing the fight in dramatic fashion. Limberth Ponce improves to 7-2 with 5 KOs.
Other fights: U.S.B.O Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Shimmel gets a TKO 1 victory over Jonathan Corn. Corn went down from a combination which was enough for his corner, who threw in the towel. Antwun Echols fought a non-contested exhibition match with CBA Latino Champion “Felika” Correa. Both are QC legends and it was fun to see these guys get in the ring for the fans.
In the main event, the CBA North American Jr. Welterweight Title was put on the line when Muscatine’s Lance “Lay Em Down” Williams (6-3, 6 KOs) faced Davenport’s Travis “Two Face” Thomas (4-0, 4 KOs). This fight went the full six rounds and Travis Thomas is still undefeated after winning a majority decision. The score cards read 57-57, 59-55 Thomas, and 59-55 Thomas.
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