Jason Bergman Drops Horace Ray Grant Twice En Route to Second Round TKO
By Brian Gorman at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 5, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
In the Morgantown Event Center main event on Friday night, southwestern Pennsylvania's Jason "Iron Man" Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs), 246 1/2, won his sixth straight by twice flooring Maryland's Horace Ray "The Reazon" Grant (15-3, 9 KOs), 261, before the bout was waved off as a TKO at 2:47 of the second round.

Grant entered the ring to Sinatra's "My Way," and whether he knew it or not, the end was near.

The local southpaw found a home for his left hand early, leveling the bigger man in the first. Grant survived the round and decided to change tactics by rushing Bergman.

In the deciding round, Bergman effectively countered with his right when Grant came in and decked him hard with a left late in the round. Grant could barely continue, and Bergman's follow up flurry led the referee to wisely call a halt.

Bergman snagged the IBC (International Boxing Council) heavyweight title with the win and became the first to stop Grant, perhaps best known to this point for clocking Kevin Burnett at the final bell, who had to struggle to his feet in order to secure the points win on the ESPN 2 bout.

In the co-feature, Youngstown's Chris Hazimihalis (5-0, 5 KOs), 138, continued to roll by knocking down South Bend's William Bokhart (0-4), 138, five times before the fight was stopped as a TKO at 2:44 of the second round. After a straight right put Bokhart down in the first, Hazimihalis went to a body attack when he had trouble lining up more right hands. Three body shots dropped Bokhart, and another right up top sent him reeling into the ropes and drew the stoppage.

Also on the undercard:

Morgantown's Eric Watkins (2-0), 181, flattened Beckley's David Markert (0-1-1), 186, twice but settled for a four round unanimous decision by three scores of 40-34.

Washington, D.C.'s Ivan Ziglar (3-2-1, 1 KO), 154 1/2, easily outpointed Sidney, Ohio's Jeremy Wood (0-3), 155, in a four rounder by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice).

Altoona's Jeremiah Witherspoon (2-0, 1 KO), 217, dominated Charleston's Kevin Franklin (0-3), 223, with all three judges agreeing upon scores of 39-36..

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