Former UNLV Boxer Henry Namauu
Stops Chad Davis In 6th Round
By Robert Jones
Photo: Jessica Jones
On Friday night Frank
Luca presented Crown Boxing at the Crown Nightclub and
Theater at the Rio All-Suites Resort and Casino in Las
Vegas, NV. The main event was a rematch of a July 2008
match-up between former UNLV boxing team member Henry
Namauu and Chad Davis of Phoenix, AZ. In their first
match, Namauu beat Davis over four one-sided rounds,
including knocking him down and winning 40-35 on all
three cards. The rematch wasn’t as easy.
In the first round the cruiserweights came out throwing
heavily, with Davis taking a hard right hand in the
corner just 20 seconds in. Davis recovered after a shaky
minute, even landing a solid left hook near the end of
Davis came out in the second round only throwing one
punch at a time, causing his corner to beg him to throw
two shots at a time, shouts that could be heard
throughout the theater. From time to time Davis landed a
nice counter shot, but Namauu easily took this round by
being the aggressor.
The tide turned in a big way in the third round. Namauu,
perhaps feeling comfortable, started following Davis
around the ring, confidently throwing shots without much
concern for defense. Namauu trapped Davis against the
ropes, and while teeing off left his guard down just
enough for Davis to land a big counter right that
dropped Namauu for a count of four. Namauu was on shaky
legs the remainder of the round, but Davis couldn’t land
the shot that would end the deal.
The minute rest was welcomed by Namauu, who came out for
the fourth round with a flurry. Davis responded by
landing a couple of solid body shots, but while it was a
close round, the activity level of Namauu helped him win
the round on the Pound4Pound card. Namauu’s corner
couldn’t have asked for a better bounce back round.
The fifth round saw Davis sitting back along the ropes
for most of the round looking for the same type of
counter punch he landed in the third. This time Namauu
was more prepared, holding his hands up between his
flurries. This was another fairly even round, with the
fight seemingly up for grabs going into the final three
rounds of the scheduled eight rounder.
The fight was taken out of the judges’ hands in the
sixth. Both fighters came out looking for the knockout.
Davis landed a combination that saw Namauu take a step
back. Instead of continuing to retreat, Namauu countered
with a big right hand that visibly shook up Davis.
Davis, while hurt, continued to throw punches, even
landing a number of his own. Referee Tony Weeks must
have seen something in Davis that most of the fans
didn’t see, as he stopped the fight in the middle of the
two throwing punches back in forth. After the fight
Weeks said he thought Davis had taken too much
After the fight Davis naturally didn’t agree with the
stoppage, and also added that he had to lose 25 pounds
in three weeks to make the cruiserweight limit. Davis
falls to 2-6 with the loss.
When asked about the knockdown after the fight, Namauu
said, “All I could think about was how I had to get up.
I cleared my mind and went back to what I should have
been doing the whole fight.” Promoter Frank Luca said
that if Namauu can get past his next opponent (TBA) on
the October 27th Crown Boxing show, then he will fight
for the IBA Cruiserweight Championship (title vacant) on
December 3rd, also a Crown promoted show. Namauu now
stands at 7-3 with 5 KO’s.
Local favorite Rocco “The So Cal Kid” Santomauro
continued his winning ways with a four-round unanimous
decision over Walter Santibanes. Featherweight prospect
Santomauro is now 5-0 while Santibanes drops to 1-1.
Super Bantamweight Alexis “The Beaver” Santiago moved to
4-0-1 1KO with a four round unanimous decision over
Brian Battease, now 6-3-2 2 KO’s.
Mandy LaPointe returned from an eight-year layoff to
earn a four-round majority draw against Crystal Hoy.
In the opening bout between light welterweights, Juan
Alcolea dropped a four round decision to Daniel Reece.
Reece improved to 2-0 while Alcolea drops to 2-3.