Andres Taylor remains unbeaten stopping Simon Carr in Johnstown!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, DoghouseBoxing (May 4, 2009)  
“Fists of Thunder II” presented by TKO Boxing Promotions and Team Taylor Made brought boxing back to Johnstown for the third time in the past year Saturday night. The featured their hometown hero cruiserweight Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor, 8-0-1 (3), who stopped Philly’s Simon “One Punch” Carr, 5-4-1 (3), at 1:56 of the 7th round. At stake was Taylor’s World Boxing Foundation All American title.

Carr who handed Taylor a pillow at the weigh-in claiming he would put him to sleep, entered the ring with a golden crown on his head. Carr started the action with an effective jab halfway through the round until a left hook and powerful right hand by Taylor seemed to put Carr on the defense and immediately tying Taylor up. Referee Rick Steigerwald had his hands full the rest of the way with numerous warnings to Carr for holding.

The muscular Taylor seemed much larger than Carr who fought mostly out of a crouch. Coming off a win in Connecticut in his last bout Carr seemed confident coming into this match even before the home crowd of his opponent. Taylor did not fight with the usual ferociousness I have seen him in two other bouts in Tyson-like fashion. He seemed much more poised and willing to counter Carr. “He kept coming in low and I wanted to avoid a clash of heads,” said Taylor.

Throughout the bout Taylor would show his frustration as his fans kept yelling at the referee to either stop the holding or take points away from Carr. This never happened. In the 4th round a right hand on the temple dropped Carr. He got up and went into survival mode. In the 6th a right followed by a left rocked Carr. In the 7th round a straight right dropped Carr. This was followed by a left that dropped him for the 3rd time in the fight. As Carr was facing his trainer Rev. Elvin Thompson and manager Sporty Smith in a sitting position, they were encouraging him to get up. Having lost every round of this 8 round bout Simon did not beat the count. “I felt what it is like to get hit by a real cruiserweight tonight combined with taking the fight on a couple of weeks notice,” said Carr. He even asked for a re-match while giving up his “golden crown” to Taylor.

In the semi wind-up Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson, 24-3 (18), of Philly, was devastating as he scored 3 solid knockdowns over Luis Lopez, 14-16-1 (6), of Pasco, Washington before his corner threw in the towel causing Steigerwald to stop it at 1:53 of the 1st round. Lopez came in at the lowest weight of his career just over the light middleweight limit of 154 but had nothing to offer in return. Thompson started with an uppercut that dropped Lopez early in the round. Upon rising, Thompson went in for the kill scoring another knockdown with a left hook. Upon rising, Lopez was covering up when Thompson put him away with a chopping right hand.

Thompson, a former contender, had plenty to say after the fight. “I have the best manager in the world in Cameron Dunkin. If he wasn’t there I would stop boxing,” said Thompson. “Chet (Koerner) promised to keep me active. I feel the fun is back in boxing,” he added. Koerner is the Houston business man is the founder of the promotional group TKO Promotions. Thompson was coming off back to back losses. His trainer, Derrick “Bozy” Ennis has worked hard in getting Thompson back into fighting shape since his controversial loss to Ishmail Arvin on an ESPN2 broadcast last August. An unintentional head butt was ruled a punch which eventually would stop the bout in favor of Arvin. I know Thompson would love that fight back again.

Terrance Crawford, 8-0 (5), Omaha, Nebraska, opened the show with a lopsided win over the obviously overmatched Miguel Delgado, 3-12 (3), of Dallas, at 1:02 of the 3rd round as his corner threw in the towel. Crawford scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round. Crawford, an alternate on the 2008 USA Olympic team has been kept busy over the past 14 months. This was a 4 round lightweight match.

Pittsburgh’s Jesse Lubash, 11-0 (7), was quite impressive in stopping Chad “Tazz” Greenleaf, 11-12-1 (5), at 2:24 of the 3rd round. Greenleaf is a veteran who switched stances trying to offset the aggressive style of Lubash. Coming out of a crouch like a cobra Lubash landed a vicious straight right hand that knocked Greenleaf out cold. “He would drop his hands so I knew in time I would weave and get the right in,” said Lubash. Several youngsters came up to him during the interview and he was quite the sportsman in receiving them. This was a scheduled 6 in the welterweight division.

Jake Giuriceo, 2-0 (1), of Youngstown, Ohio, brought quite a few fans with him as he fought a very unusual style boxer in Aaron Anderson, 0-6 (0), of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Anderson was a crowd pleaser with his antics while Giuriceo was no nonsense in trying to get him out of there. In the 2nd round Giuriceo suffered a small cut under the right eyebrow that did not affect him in this 4 round welterweight match. The 4th round was the best round of the fight with both fighters mixing it up. “My style is more professional. I beat Ohio’s #1 contender in the amateurs and turned pro with limited fights behind me,” said Giuriceo.

Southpaw Terri Blair, 11-13-2 (6), Louisville, Kentucky, earned a hard fought 6 round decision over Adelita Irizarry, 6-3 (2), of Hartford. Blair was a crowd favorite in this junior welterweight match. She simply outworked Irizarry.

Steigerwald was the referee for the entire show. As always hats off to Bernie Bahrmasel, of Double B Publicity, out of Chicago, who always makes us feel appreciated at the TKO Promotions show’s. Next up will be May 28th at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. Featured will be the junior featherweight Vietnamese sensation Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen, 14-1 (6), Rafael Valenzuela, 12-1 (6), heavyweight Eugene Hill, 16-1 (14), junior welterweight Raul Tovar, 5-1 (2) and KJ Noons, 8-2 (5).

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