Junior Fa Scores First Round Knockout On In
Main Event Of Special Edition Of Broadway Boxing
On Saturday night in Columbus, OH, world ranked heavyweight
Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KOs), of Otahuhu, New Zealand, knocked
out former French heavyweight champion Newfel Ouatah (16-3,
9 KOs), in the first round of their scheduled 10-rounder,
headlining a SPECIAL EDITION of Broadway Boxing presented by
DiBella Entertainment and streamed live on LIVE.DBE1.com, as
part of DBE's partnership with CBS Sports Digital and
The event was part of the 31st annual Arnold Sports
Festival, the world's largest sports festival, curated by
entertainment legend and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Defending the interim WBO Oriental title for the second
time, Fa thrilled the crowd at the Voinovich Center with
four massive knockdowns of Ouatah, before the referee called
a halt to the onslaught at the 2:51 mark of the initial
stanza. With the tremendous performance, Fa, ranked no. 9 by
the WBO, will continue his rise in the world rankings as he
works his way toward a future world title fight.
In the co-featured eight-round heavyweight bout, George
Arias (13-0, 8 KOs), of The Bronx, NY, won a hotly contested
eight-round majority decision against Robert Simms (8-3, 3
KOs), of Saginaw, MI. Scores at the end of the contest were
77-75 twice and 76-76.
St Louis, MO-based heavyweight prospect Stephan "Big Shot"
Shaw (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a huge knockout of Donovan Dennis
(12-4, 10 KOs), of Minneapolis, MN, in the third-round of
their scheduled eight-round bout.
Rounding out the stellar heavyweight action, Auckland, New
Zealand native Hemi "The Heat" Ahio (13-0, 9 KOs) made his
US debut a rousing success with a seventh-round stoppage of
Ed Fountain (12-4, 5 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, in a scheduled
Cleveland, OH middleweight prospect Isaiah Steen (12-0, 10
KOs) broke down Chicago southpaw Chris Chatman (15-10-1, 5
KOs) through five-and-a-half rounds. In the sixth frame, a
jab-right hand upstairs dropped Chatman for the first time
then a combination, punctuated by a left uppercut, felled
him again to end matters.
In a highly entertaining 10-round clash for the vacant WBA-NABA
super welterweight title, Columbus, Ohio fan favorite Jamie
Walker (9-1-2, 3 KOs) fought to a 10-round draw against Dan
Karpency (8-2-1, 4 KOs), of Adah, PA.