Ardreal Holmes & Joseph Hicks Remain Undefeated With Wins
Split-T Management fighters Ardreal Holmes Jr. and Joseph
Hicks Jr. remained undefeated with victories on Saturday
night at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Holmes won a technical split decision over Wendy Toussaint
in a bout that was stopped in round eight of a scheduled
10-round super welterweight bout.
In round four, Toussaint was deducted a point for hitting
behind the head.
Holmes boxed well by using his height, while Toussaint was
coming on late by pressuring the taller Holmes.
In round eight, the two clashed heads and the forehead of
Toussaint immediately began to gush blood. The fight was
allowed to continue, but only briefly as the blood continued
to shoot out of the forehead and the fight went to the
scorecards at 1:54. Make sure to
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Holmes, 153.4 lbs of Flint, MI won by scores of 77-74 and
76-75 while a third card went to Toussaint by a 77-74 tally.
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Holmes is now 14-0. Toussaint, 149.8 lbs of Huntington, NY
“I was expecting a tough fight. Just wasn’t in the shape we
wanted to be in, but no excuses. I got the job done,” said
Holmes post-fight. “I felt like I didn’t catch my second
wind until the seventh or eighth round. That’s when I felt
like the fight was really changing. I felt like I took the
earlier rounds and he started coming on late.”
Holmes said the fast pace Toussaint kept throughout the
fight was unexpected. “He actually surprised me,” admitted
Holmes. “Watching film, he usually slows in the fourth or
fifth round. That’s what I thought he was going to do, but
he shocked me. My plan was to come on halfway through the
fight and I thought I was going to close it out at the end.
I thought the decision was fair. It was four-four (in
rounds), but the point (deduction) did it. He was out of gas
the last quarter of the fight.”
Holmes is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Holden
Joseph Hicks Jr. remained undefeated with an eight-round
unanimous decision over Antonio Todd in a middleweight bout.
Hicks had Todd in trouble several times during the fight,
and although he could not get the stoppage, he was dominant
in winning the decision.
Hicks, 159.4 lbs of Grand Rapids, MI won by scores of 80-72
on all cards and is now 7-0. Todd, 158.2 lbs of Atlanta is
“I didn’t expect Todd to be that awkward,” said Hicks
afterwards. “I knew he was tough, but he was awkward. He did
a lot of unorthodox things. He dropped his head after he
jabbed. He switched back after his jab, and he got the
counterpunch. I was trying to time him, but he was flinching
“It means everything to be a part of this fight card and
this event,” Hicks continued. “I’m very grateful to Claressa
and Salita Promotions. The GWOAT, Claressa, she’s going to
win tonight. I’m very grateful to her, because without her,
this opportunity is not here for me. I’m ready for whoever
they give me next. I’m going back to the drawing board.
We’re going to fix a lot of things, get sharper and be
better in my next fight.”