Brinkley’s Win – Predicts KO Over Gilbert! Albania Mania in DC!
By Ken Hissner at ringside reporting for DoghouseBoxing (Dec 22, 2008)  
Jesse Brinkley, 32-5 (22), of Yerington, Nevada, stopped James Johnson, 23-31-3 (16), of Dallas, with a wicked body shot to the ribcage at 1:54 of the 3rd round Saturday night at Howard University’s Burr Arena, in Washington, DC, promoted by Babie Girl Productions, headed by Cassandra White,

“Albania Mania” filled the arena when Albanian Kreshnik “The Eagle” Quato, 18-6 (3), of the United Kingdom stopped David Estrada, 12-11 (9), of Chicago at 2:18 of the 6th round. More than half the fans were Albanian with many Albanian flags waving and singing throughout the crowd.

Brinkley, the #13 IBF contender in the super middleweight division is scheduled to meet another “Contender” show fighter in Joey Gilbert, 17-1 (13), February 14th, called “Civil War”, in the Reno Events Center, in Nevada! He used the Johnson fight as a warm-up bout and tuned him up every minute of the way before referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the onslaught. In asking a prediction in the Gilbert fight, “TKO in the 10th”, said Brinkley. He came in at 173, 2 pounds lighter than his opponent for this one, in a scheduled special 6 round bout.

In attendance were former referee Mills Lane’s sons, Terry and Tommy, of “Let’s Get It On” Promotions, ran by Terry, who will promote the Brinkley-Gilbert fight, and who also represents Brinkley.

Quato won his 13th straight fight in defense of his World Boxing Foundation middleweight title. Living in the Wembley section of London, he has not lost a fight in over 4 years. It was his American debut and he treated the fans to a non stop assortment of punches coming out of a crouch that had Estrada busted up so bad that his corner waved off the bout for referee Joe Cooper to put a stop to it.

The show opened with Bastie Samir, 3-0 (3) who scored his 3rd straight knockout in 6 weeks over William Armstead, 2-9 (1), of Columbus, Ohio, at 1:02 of the 1st round. The Ghana middleweight, now based out of Las Vegas, represented his homeland in the 2008 Olympics. Left hook’s to the midsection brought about the first 2 knockdowns, while another left hook landed on the glove of Armstead trying to protect his head with such force he was felled again before the towel was thrown in forcing referee Michelle Hall to put a stop to this bout. Samir is managed by Cameron Dunkin and promoted by TKO Boxing out of Nevada.

Dwayne “Big Ticket” McCrae, 3-0 (3), of Laurel, Maryland, was roughing up Jonathan Felton, 5-14 (6), including rabbit punches, causing Felton to body slam McCrae. Shortly after referee Chevalier got things in order, a right hand to the temple had Felton holding on trying to weather the storm. Before you knew it a towel flew into the ring causing the referee to stop the fight at 2:31 of the 1st round of this scheduled 4 round heavyweight bout. Felton stormed out of the ring in disgust at his cornerman’s actions and made quite a scene before being escorted out of the arena. Considering Felton entered the ring with a baseball bat, all were fortunate he didn’t get his hands on it in leaving.

Horace Ray Grant, 14-2 (9), had an easy time of it with substitute Kevin Hood, 5-11-1 (0), of Coatesville, Pennsylvania. When Hood advised the referee he had no mouthpiece, the bout was held up for 5 minutes while his cornerman, the same one who stopped the bout with Felton, was late arriving. Hood proceeded to jab and run against his opponent who at 255 had a 40 pound weight advantage. In the 2nd round an uppercut dropped Hood near the end of the round. In the 3rd round Grant landed 7 unanswered punches before Hood signaled to referee Hall he had enough at 1:20 in this 4 round bout.

The action finally picked up in the 2nd round of a bout between Wayne “Cobra” Cooper, 8-1-2 (5), of Evansville, Indiana and William “Mongoose” Prieto, 5-3-1 (2), of Lorraine, Ohio, giving the crowd something to cheer about for 4 rounds in this super middleweight match. The only problem was it was scheduled for 8 rounds. The muscular Cooper couldn’t seem to land a punch in the 1st round as the switching southpaw, Prieto, gave him a boxing lesson. In the 2nd round Prieto landed a left hook that rattled Cooper. This prompted Cooper to grab Prieto and force him into and through the ropes onto the ring apron. What made matters worse, referee Chevalier, never warned Cooper. In the 3rd round the frustrated Cooper body slammed Prieto. It is possible Cooper could be a MMA convert because he didn’t seem to know how to handle the style of Prieto. In the 5th Prieto, who hadn’t fought in 15 months, started to slow down allowing Cooper to land more punches as well as win the 6th and 7th rounds in spite of a cut under his left eye. The 8th round was won by Prieto earning him a split draw. This writer gave it to Prieto 78-74 as did one of the judges. Cooper had a 77-75 score go his way and the final judge was 77-77 with mixed reactions from the fans. The fight was for the vacant WBF All-Americas Super Middleweight title which will remain vacant.

The show was preceded by 2 amateur bouts. The arena is perfect for boxing but since it is tucked away on the campus there is little room for parking. In attendance was Darnell “Ding-A-Ling” Wilson who is currently on the “Contender”. If the promoter could lure him into this facility he would certainly pack them in. It was an interesting night of boxing at Howard University presented by Babie Girl Production’s Cassandra White.

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