Sold-Out Crowd Enjoys Memorable Night Of World-Class
Boxing At Detroit Brawl In Dearborn
Another sold-out crowd of raucous Motown boxing fans showed
up for Salita Promotions’ latest Detroit Brawl event last
Saturday night (March 5, 2022) and despite a controversial
ending to the heavyweight main event, the successful card
saw several exciting matchups go down in the Motor City.
Fighting in the Lincoln Ballroom of the Ford Community &
Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI, heavyweights Robert
Simms (11-3-1, 3 KOs) and undefeated New Yorker Moses
“ThunderHands” Johnson (8-0, 7 KOs) saw their main event end
with controversy, as an accidental foul forced an abrupt end
to the bout.
After fighting evenly for the first two rounds, Simms turned
his head during the action, just in time to catch two heavy
shots from Johnson in the back of the head, unintentionally.
After receiving the dangerous foul, Saginaw’s Simms fell to
the mat for an extended period and was eventually ruled
unable to continue.
Referee Gerard White and the Michigan Commission correctly
ruled that because three rounds had not been completed,
state rules mandate the fight be ruled a technical draw at
31 seconds of round three.
In the night’s co-main event, super middleweight Winfred
“Hot Boy” Harris Jr. (22-1-1, 10 KOs) managed to get by a
determined effort and the veteran tricks of proven spoiler
Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (22-24-3, 7 KOs) and win their
fight by unanimous eight-round decision (scores: 79-73,
78-74 and 79-73).
Detroit’s Harris and Riverside, California’s Johnson waged
an entertaining battle with Harris getting the better, but
Johnson’s toughness and 50 fights worth of guile keeping
things interesting throughout.
Both men had their moments in this “closer than the
scorecards” affair, with Harris doing the slightly better
WBC #10- and IBF #9-ranked super middleweight Vladimir
Shishkin put on an impressive performance in his battle
against Ecuadorian trialhorse Jeyson “Verdugo” Minda,
dropping Minda thrice and eventually notching a TKO victory
at the 1:38 mark of the sixth round of a bout scheduled for
With Tyson Fury trainer SugarHill Steward guiding him in the
corner, Shishkin looked surprisingly sharp in his return
from nearly a year of pandemic-induced inactivity.
Controlling the ring center with authority, Shishkin (13-0,
8 KOs) dropped Minda (14-7-1, 8 KOs) in the fourth with a
right, again with a left in the fifth and finally released
the finishing barrage that forced him to the floor for the
third time and provoked referee Frank Garza to wave off the
Heading for bigger things in the near future, Shishkin
suffered a minor cut to his right eye, that ruled to have
been from an accidental head butt.
Intimidating Super Welterweight crusher Marlon “The Savage”
Harrington (7-0, 6 KOs) of Detroit stayed unbeaten by
stopping Uruguayan opponent Andres Viera (11-5, 8 KOs) at
the 44 second mark of the second round.
With his characteristic savagery, Harrington tore into the
outgunned South American and finally dropped him early in
the second round. Upon rising, Viera indicated he’d had
enough of the stone fists of Harrington, who looks to be
headed for better things.
Fan from Dearborn got to enjoy one of their own in action,
and super welterweight Husam Al Mashhadi (3-0, 3 KOs) gave
them what they came for by stopping opponent, Devin Garrett
(0-1) with an extended barrage of unanswered punches that
culminated in a stoppage victory for Al Mashhadi at the
53-second mark of the opening round.
In other action, heavyweight Vernon Webber (1-0, 1 KO) won
his pro debut by 36-second knockout over a hapless Luke
Sills (0-1). Despite the fight’s short duration, Webber
scored two knockdowns over Sills before ending the one-sided
In the opening bout of the night, unbeaten Detroit
middleweight Gordie Russ II (4-0, 4 KOs) easily took out
opponent Jarrell Murray (0-4) of Iowa in 58 seconds of the
Promoter Salita, who was hosting his 17th show in the area,
says he’s very pleased with the overall event and says he’ll
be back again next month for another rocking Detroit Brawl.
“I am grateful we had an exciting night of boxing with an
enthusiastic crowd,” said Salita. “As we enter the post
COVID era and fans once again can enjoy live boxing, we plan
to use the momentum to keep growing world-class professional
boxing with the help of the talented boxers, trainers,
Detroit gyms and most importantly the fans.”