The Pine Bluff Boxing Club hosted 18 matches of various fighters of different weight divisions throughout Arkansas, including four from Pine Bluff, at the Seabrook Family Christian Center on Saturday evening.
Each match consisted of three rounds with time limits varying on the weight division. The four fighters from Pine Bluff included Donnell Green (160 weight), Darius Thomas (Super Heavyweight), William Townsel (175), and Quincy Means (141). The Pine Bluff group went a respectable 3-1 with the lone loss coming from Thomas, who was fighting in his first match of the year.
Pine Bluff Boxing Club head coach Scott Ladd was proud of his fighters’ effort throughout the night and said they will only get better as the year goes along.
“We just got to get back,” Ladd said. “We just need to get back and (tweak a few things) and we’ll be back on track. You can’t win them all.”
The first fighter from Pine Bluff, Green, won his match with relative ease against Terrell Williams of Augusta. Green came out a bit slow in the first round landing a few punches and measuring Williams. However, in the second round Green came out aggressive and started throwing quick jabs connecting on a few of them. He was able to control the fight the last two rounds with ease as Williams had to protect himself from the punches. Ladd said Green has had good progression so far.
“Donnell’s done a lot better,” Ladd said. “The pressures been hard on him but he has picked up a lot.”
Thomas had a tough matchup for his first bout in facing Jose Cano Jr. from the Dream Team. Cano had more experience entering the match and it showed throughout the fight as Thomas was mostly protecting himself throughout the match. Thomas landed a couple of good punches but wasn’t able to capitalize as Cano controlled the match keeping Thomas on the ropes. Ladd said Thomas did well for his first time out despite the loss.
“That was his first fight of the night,” he said. “I’m happy with it. (Cano) is a good boxer who has had a little bit more experience and I’m glad (Thomas) made it out like he did.”
In the third match for Pine Bluff, Townsel won by way of a disqualification against unattached fighter Demario Moore. Townsel and Moore started the match by eyeing each other up and not throwing many punches. In a strange turn of events, the fight was stopped midway through the second round when a child ran into the ring and started jumping up and down. After the break, Townsel tried to be more aggressive against Moore, but was being held throughout the round. In the third round, the ref had already warned Moore twice about holding before Moore held a third time to earn his disqualification. Ladd said Townsel wasn’t 100 percent for the match but was proud of his effort.
“I think William did real strong,” Ladd said. “He had a real sore arm. He hurt it playing football, but he did real well. He’s strong and he showed his strength tonight.”
The “main event” was the final match of the night which featured Means and unattached fighter Brannon Terry. Both fighters showed great athleticism and speed in their match. Means and Terry came out aggressive throwing punches left and right. In the second round, Means slipped a few times and lost his mouthpiece forcing the referee to stop the match for a bit, but he came back to finish strong. Both fighters put on a great fight for the fans that went down to the wire with Means landing a few more punches than Terry could at the end. Ladd had no words for Means as he continued his winning ways.
“What can you say about him,” Ladd said with a laugh. “He’s bad. He’s just there.”
Some other notable results included the trio from Forrest City who put on an impressive showing winning all three of their matches easily. The Arkansas Boxing Club also had a good showing in finishing 4-1 on the night.