Kennedy Shines; Majewski Continues
To Impress At Bally’s Grand In Atlantic City
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
Just a couple
of weeks ago, Teon Kennedy learned that his fight against Lucian
Gonzalez was going to headline the June 6 fight at Bally’s. A
few friends of mine asked if he was ready to be a headliner, and
I wrote at that time that I did think he was ready.
Teon did not disappoint. In fact, I believe that this fight
proves that he is ready for bigger and better fights.
Teon, also known as The Technician, showed off his skills.
Gonzalez proved to be a tough opponent, never backing down from
Teon. In the first round, neither fighter backed down. Both
stayed in close and traded punches. But as I have noticed
before, Teon is a patient fighter. He never seems to get
frustrated, never tries to rush to end the fight early with a
knock out. Teon fights with strategy. So many fighters early in
their careers seem to be one dimensional. Teon is not one of
those fighters. It is evident that Teon works the whole body of
his opponent. In fact, he lands the majority of his punches on
the body of his opponent.
The effects of
this could be seen early in the fight. By the third round,
Gonzalez was leaning on Teon’s shoulder. And Teon was easily in
control of the round, backing Gonzalez to the ropes. By the
sixth round, Teon was clearly in control of the fight. He was
chasing Gonzalez around the ring. His body shots had produced
the desired effect. Gonzalez was fighting with his hands down,
mouth open, and drool coming from the open mouth. In the
seventh, Teon caught Gonzalez against the ropes. It looked like
he might knock down Gonzalez, but Gonzalez was able to spin out
away from Teon. And at one point in the eighth, Gonzalez landed
quite a few punches, looking for that knock out. But Gonzalez
was not able to change the momentum of the fight. Teon had
effectively taken the power away from Gonzalez. Teon won by
The other great fight of the night belonged to Middleweights
Patrick Majewski and Latif Mundy. This fight was a battle
between two previously undefeated fighters, and it was obvious
that neither wanted to lose. Majewski and Mundy have very
different styles of fighting, and I thought, early on, that
those differences would be to Mundy’s advantage. But Majewski is
a tough fighter that does not back down, ever. That was apparent
from the first round when Majewski caught Mundy with a hook to
the head. Mundy, who has more of a boxing style and good
defensive skills, was able to get away from trouble in those
early rounds, even though Majewski kept him moving.
Early in the
third round, Mundy seemed to take control of the round, landing
several combinations to the body of Majewski. However, Majewski
changed the momentum of the fight with a flash knock down.
Although Mundy was right up, Majewski seemed to have the
psychological edge. He was right back in there, trying to knock
out Mundy. Mundy survived that round.
Something seemed to change after that. Mundy seemed to rely
simply on his left jab, rarely throwing his right. Majewski
stayed aggressive, never backing down from Mundy, even when
Mundy would land a powerful punch. Mundy did start throwing the
right, but he relied too much on the left for the rest of the
fight. In the sixth, Mundy was able to cut Majewski above the
left eye. And in the seventh, Mundy landed a series of punches
that made Majewski wobble.
It was obvious that neither fighter was going to back down from
the other in the eighth. Neither wanted a loss on their record.
At one point, Mundy had backed Majewski against the ropes, but
Majewski was able to turn the tide back in his direction.
Majewski won the fight by unanimous decision.
In the first fight of the evening, Welterweight Ardrick Butler
defeated Rashad Bogar. Butler threw cleaner punches, would swing
first, and had more style than Bogar. In the third, Butler was
able to knock down Bogar. And in a moment that seemed like
something out of a comedy movie, Bogar’s trainer hit Bogar with
a towel just before he exited the ring.
The second fight of the evening proved one thing. A fighter’s
alias should really match what he does in the ring. The fight
was between lightweights Luquan Lewis and Osnel Charles. Lewis,
who uses the alias Lightning, moved very little in the first
round. And he made the mistake of fighting with his hands down.
In the second, he came out with several combinations in the
opening seconds of the round. But like lightning, his burst of
energy was over in seconds. Charles, who goes by Prince of
Darkness, was a better fighter and was more in control of the
fight.. The one mistake he made was when in the third round he
moved himself into the corner and allowed Lewis one of those
quick bursts of punches.
The third fight of the evening was between light heavyweights
Garrett Wilson and Louis Robinson. Although Robinson had the
obvious height advantage, he never seemed to capitalize on it.
In the first round, Wilson was throwing three times the number
of punches as Robinson. Wilson knocked out Robinson at 2:06 in
Possibly the one surprise of the evening was the decision in the
fourth fight between lightweights Jose Guzman and Eliud Torres.
This was a close fight from the beginning, but both fighters
showed their inexperience throughout the fight. Torres’s arsenal
seemed to only consist of wide sweeping rights and lefts. But
Guzman never took advantage of the time that Torres was open
when he would throw these punches. And Guzman always seemed to
let up too fast, never keeping the pressure on Torres. Guzman
won by split decision. This was not the surprise. I scored the
fight 38-38, so I expected a split decision. The surprise was
that one judge saw the fight 40-36 for Guzman.
The fifth fight was between heavyweights John Poore and Jermell
Barnes. This fight failed to produce any real excitement. Each
fighter had their moments, but neither fighter had any momentum.
When the ring announcer read the judges scores and said in favor
of … someone behind me yelled Jessica, who was one of the ring
girls. Although the judges scored in favor of John Poore, I
think the audience had decided on a draw between ring girls
Jessica and Victoria.
Three fighters stood out this night. I expect to see great
things from Teon Kennedy and Patrick Majewski, and I think Latif
Mundy will be back on track by his next fight too.