February 9, 2001


The Scorecard

Ringside Notes

WHOA!! After watching Jeff Lacy annihilate Jerald Lowe in Lacy's pro debut on Friday, February 2 in Columbus, OH, boxing insiders were left with one thought; maybe Kevin Butts, Jeff Lacy's scheduled January 13 opponent, was right to skip out of town on the morning of the bout to avoid fighting the St. Petersburg, FL bomber. At the 2:00 mark of round one, Lacy (1-0, 1 KO) crippled Lowe with a left hook to the ribs that dropped Lowe to his knees for 45-60 seconds after being counted out. Following the bout Lowe compliment Lacy's punching power. "I thought I got hit with a brick"...

 

OHIO SUPPORTS ITS NATIVE SON: In the co-feature bout on February 2 undefeated Mansfield, OH prospect Anthony Hanshaw raised his record to 10-0, 8 KO's, blitzing Jose Spearman in five rounds (TKO 5). Hanshaw battered Spearman around the ring in round four and earned a two-point round when Spearman hit him low to buy time and regain his wits. At the bell beginning round five, Hanshaw jumped on his prey, pounding him with combinations to the head and body to force a stoppage (TKO 5).

Neither Spearman nor his corner argued with the stoppage... The fight card, held at the Ohio State Fair Grounds, attracted a near $90,000 gate. Main Events matchmaker Carl Moretti suggested, "Hanshaw is on the fast track to becoming the most popular Ohio fighter since Ray Mancini... Both Lacy's and Hanshaw's fights were broadcast live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" program... Should world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (38-1-1, 29 KO's) battle Hasim Rahman on April 21, Hanshaw will box in a 10 rounder on the undercard... On the February 2 undercard, undefeated heavyweight prospect Malik Scott (2-0, 2 KOs) pummeled fellow-undefeated heavyweight Jackie Beard, twice flooring Beard to earn a third round stoppage (TKO 3). Scott will return to the ring on March 16 in front of his Philadelphia, PA hometown friends and family at the Blue Horizon. Scott will square off in a four rounder on the undercard of the Lamar Murphy-Efren Hinojosa USBA lightweight title bout... ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" program may broadcast the Scott bout...

 

RUNNING' REBEL TO MAKE PRO DEBUT ON MARCH 2 FIGHT CARD: Former UNLV football player Troy Kirkpatrick will make his professional boxing debut on March 2 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The fight card features 2000 Olympians Ricardo Rocky Juarez (1-0), Francisco "Panchito" Bojado (1-0, KO), and Jeff Lacy (1-0, 1 KO), as well as undefeated Jr. welterweight phenom Juan Diaz (7-0, 5 KO's). Juarez will battle Los Angeles, CA resident Carlos Zambrano (3-4-1, 1 KO), while Lacy challenges South Boston, MA native Tommy Attardo (8-5-1, 1 KO). Bojado's and Diaz's opponents have yet to be determined. The main event pits former WBO welterweight champion Jose Luis Lopez (44-4-2, 35 KO's) against Alex Bunema (18-2-1, 11 KO's) in a 10 round jr. middleweight bout... Kirkpatrick, listed at 6-5 and 265 lbs., won the 1993 Teenage National Powerlifting Championships, breaking the national deadlift record by lifting 601 lbs. at the tender age of 17. In 1996, he was the Overall Class-A Champion of the Scottish Highland Games. That same year he made the Junior College All-Conference Football Team for the second straight year. In 1997, he was awarded a full athletic football scholarship to UNLV, while in 1998 he was awarded the UNLV Iron Rebel Award, which is given to the university's strongest athlete. In 2000, he was invited to training camp with the Canadian Football League, but was forced to leave camp after injuring his shoulder. Kirkpatrick graduated from UNLV in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree... Roger Vargas, brother of former IBF jr. middleweight champion Fer-nando Vargas, will battle Loughlin, Nevada native Richard Bingham (1-3, 1 KO) on the March 2 undercard also. Vargas is 1-0, 1 KO...

 

"FAST" FREDDIE CADE-NA QUICKLY BUILDING REPUTATION: On January 27, 2001, Freddie Cadena raised his record to 5-0, 4 KO's, stopping fellow New Jersey native and former Puerto Rican National Champion Alberto Santiago in a four round war at Bally's Park Place in Atlantic City, NJ (TKO 4). Cadena floored Santiago in round two and trade bombs with him throughout the bout. With less than 10 seconds left in the bout, Cadena pinned Santiago against the ropes and pounded him to the head and body, forcing the referee to halt the bout at the 3:00 mark of round four... Cadena will probably next fight on the undercard of the Oscar de la Hoya-Arturo Gatti bout on March 24 in Las Vegas, NV...

MISCELLANEOUS

Main Events is close to finalizing an April 14 bout for the IBF's #1 lightweight ranking between NABF lightweight champion Juan Lazcano (26-2-1, 19 KO's) and two-time WBC lightweight champion Stevie Johnston on SHOW-TIME... Undefeated heavyweight prospect Dominick Guinn (7-0, 6 KO's) returns to the ring on February 22 at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas, NV against an opponent to be determined...

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