Brewster Stops Batchelder in 5 During “The Return”
By Bob Carroll, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 2, 2008) (Photo © German Villasenor)  
Saturday night at the Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati Ohio, former WBO heavyweight champion, “Relentless” Lamon Brewster 34-4 (30) stopped Danny Batchelder 25-6-1 (12) in round 5. The fight was carried live by GoFightLive.TV and was commentated by Doghouse Boxing and Fightin’ Words very own “THE Big Dog” Benny Henderson Jr.

Billed as “The Return”, both Brewster and Batchelder were coming off a year layoff, but it never showed in the action packed fight. Batchelder came out of the corner in round one and set the pace, out jabbing Brewster and holding the former champ outside. Round two saw much the same, as it looked like Batchelder would win the fight if he stuck to his game plan. Brewster came out in the third round and looked as though he had spotted a weakness in Batchelder’s defense. Brewster was the more active fighter, landing some bombs that went unanswered by Batchelder, Brewster taking his first round of the night. In round four, Batchelder keened in on the fact that Brewster felt more comfortable coming closer, and used that fact to let his right hand fly, easily taking the round and in the eyes of this writer, building a 39-37 lead, heading into the fifth round. Then came the end, in round number five, when Batchelder had slowed down his jabs, Brewster looked as though he was starting to time them. Batchelder threw a left jab which Brewster answered with a solid right hand, putting Batchelder down for the count. The near capacity crowd stood on their feet as Brewster raised his newly won NABA heavyweight title belt.

I had a chance to have a personal conversation with Danny Batchelder earlier today, and he assured me that he was fine and would be back to fight again. This writer knows both fighters involved with Saturday nights bout, and they are both outstanding gentlemen. I had the pleasure of working with Danny Batchelder in the past few weeks and found him to be an extremely honest person, so I have no doubt that when he says he will return, he will do just that. Lamon Brewster will be back in the gym on Monday, ready to take on his next challenge, tentatively scheduled for November 2008.

On the undercard of “The Return” Aaron Pryor Jr. 11-0 (8), son of the legendary Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, stopped 2000 Olympian Dante Craig 17-8-1 (13) in the third round. Craig was a called in late to take on Pryor, after Pryor’s original opponent, Sammy Sparkman pulled out of the fight at the weigh-in. Pryor used his 4 inch height advantage to keep Craig at bay, pounding him with combinations. In the third round, the referee had seen enough, calling an end to the bout. Previous to the fight, many thought that Craig would be a serious threat to the young Pryor, but Jr. silenced a lot of critics with his performance.

For more on "The Return", listen to Fightin' Words Radio Show, Wednesday nights, 6-7pm on Bob, Butch and "THE Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr. will re-cap this fight, and all of the week’s boxing action.

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