Beach Performing Arts Center – Redondo Beach, CA, this
past Friday evening, where “Boxing at the Beach” was
presented. Though many of the matches ended rather
abruptly, it was, nonetheless, an action packed evening.
Three Amateur bouts in the Heavyweight Division (201+)
opened the show. The 3 bouts, in typical amateur boxing
fashion were continuous action.
The Female contest followed. Matched against each other
were Tina “Lil Tyson” Anderson (142 lbs., Las Vegas,
Nevada a, 2-0, 2 Kos) and Tammy Franks (143 lbs., San
Antonio, Texas, 2-8-1). From the opening bell, Tina
Anderson dominated Franks.
She sent Franks to the canvas at the end of the first
round, and from this point, it was only a matter of
time. The end came at :51 of the next round. Tina
Anderson was the winner by KO.
Next up was a Heavyweight contest between Alex Rivera
(187.5 lbs., Las Vegas, Nevada, 1-0, 1 O) and Brandon
Bennett (207 lbs., Kokomo, Indiana, 0-2). Rivera
exploded upon Bennett from the opening bell.
By the middle of the opening round, Bennett appeared to
be finished, and it turned out he was, having dislocated
his shoulder. Because of the injury to Bennett, the
contest was halted, and Rivera won by TKO.
A local favorite, John Ellis, Jr. (209 lbs., Redondo
Beach, California, 1-0, 1 KO), was featured in the
Heavyweight contest that followed. He was matched
against Patrick Johnson (202 lbs., Kokomo, Indiana, Pro
Their fight started at a slow pace, but Ellis appeared
to be landing the better shots. Johnson suffered an
ankle injury toward the end of the second, causing the
contest to be halted, and Ellis being declared the
winner by TKO, at 2:39 off the round.
Two MMA matches were next. In the first, between Adam
Allison (205 lbs., Redondo Beach, California, 2-0) and
Lamar Jiles (205 lbs., Victorville, California, 2-3-0),
Allison dominated the first half of round 1, but Johnson
reversed the momentum, and eventually pounded out a TKO
victory, winning due to strikes at 2:20 of round 3.
In the second, Sean “Destroyer” Leoffler (193 lbs.,
Redondo Beach, California, 16-4-0) dominated Steve
“Caveman” Schneider (185 lbs., Kansas City, Missouri,
13-17-1), winning by a verbal submission at 2:30 of
It was now time for the Main Event, which was scheduled
for 12 rounds in the Heavyweight Division, with the WBC
USNC Championship at stake. The contestants were Lance
“Mount” Whittaker (249 lbs., Van Nuys, California,
33-5-1, 27 Kos) and Matthew Ellis (211 lbs., Blackpool,
UK, 20-8-2, 8 Kos). Whittaker dominated Ellis from the
start, utilizing some very effective combinations,
eventually stopping him in his tracks. “Mount” Whittaker
was the winner by KO at 1:39 of the first round.
All in all, it was an enjoyable evening of Amateur & Pro
Boxing, and MMA contests. There are plans to bring more
shows here, the next one scheduled for October 9th.