Hatley Has His Way, Trout Leaves No Doubt, Releford Rolls

Lisa and Durwyn Lamb
Lisa and Durwyn Lamb
In these parts, Thursdays have become synonymous with black-tie boxing events and the Dallas Petroleum Club held a 4-bout card of their own on Thursday, November 5th.  It was the typical upscale fight scene; men with enough money to burn, sporting tuxedos, smoking overpriced cigars, flirting with waitresses half their age and openly wagering on the action that transpired in the ring.  In attendance, representing the DFW boxing community were Lisa Lamb (along with trainer/husband Durwyn), 1992 United States Olympic alternate, Derrick James, Larry "Slomoshun" Smith, Wayne Fletcher, Paul Juarez (trainer/father of the "First Lady of Ft. Worth", Vanessa Juarez) and Jimmy Lennon, Jr., who did the ring announcing.

The godfather of Dallas boxing Curtis Cokes.
The guest of honor was local legend, Curtis Cokes.  Cokes, former undisputed welterweight champion of the world and an international boxing hall of famer, is also known for training world class contenders like Ike Ibeabuchi and Kirk Johnson.  At his gym, "Home of Champions", Cokes has a personal shrine dedicated to his stellar career, consisting of old fight posters, awards and photos.  Some time ago, Cokes had his world title belt on display as well, but it was consequently stolen.  Luckily, the World Boxing Council was in town for the main event of the Dallas Petroleum Club card and when they got wind of this, they had a new belt made and presented it to the first undisputed world champion "Big D" has ever had. As a matter of fact, Cokes was a champion at a time in boxing history when only eight men wore the title of World Champion.

Hatley vs. Oldham
Here's some insight into how confident Charles "The Future" Hatley is.  At the official weigh-in for his latest bout, Hatley tipped the scales at 152.3 pounds, put his clothes back on and walked away as his opponent was set to check his own poundage.  As Brandon Oldham stepped on the scale, his trainer said, "Hey Hatley, don't you wanna see how much Brandon weighs?"  Without batting an eyelash or skipping a beat, the 2008 United States Olympic alternate replied, "Nah, it's not gon' matter anyways."

Charles Hatley left and Shelly Finkle.
Nostradamus wasn't required to predict that Hatley (7-0, 7 KO's) would use Oldham (1-4, 1 KO) as a piece of gym equipment and dispose of him quickly, but one gets the feeling that Hatley's level of self-belief wouldn't waver regardless of his adversaries records.

Mere seconds into the fight, the game Oldham, 152, introduced his face to a counter right hand from Hatley and visibly staggered.  Hatley then landed a left hook to the body and a left uppercut, which opened a nick under the left eye of his hapless foe.  Like Tiger Woods on the first hole, it was tee time and Hatley administered punishment with no remorse. After three full minutes with North Texas Boxing's number one rated fighter pound for pound, Oldham's eye was swollen with blood now pouring from what used to be a nick and his nose busted up as well.  The rib cage couldn't have felt much better either, courtesy of the severe body-head battering he received.

In between rounds, Hatley got more of a fight from the lovely blonde ring card girl, who accidentally bumped into him as he stood in his corner.  A counter left began Oldham's demise in round two and the "Future" went left hand crazy until the referee finally intervened at the 47 second mark.  Though badly over matched, Oldham deserves credit for being the first man to fight the "Future" without tasting the canvas. 

Famed manager, Shelly Finkel, flew into Dallas just to watch Hatley fight.  Finkel has guided the careers of Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiao, Pernell Whittaker, Evander Holyfield and Fernando Vargas, among others.

Austin Trout getting his hands wrapped.
Trout vs. Washington
In the main event of the evening, Austin "No Doubt" Trout picked up the vacant WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Dallas’ own Taronze "T-Reezy" Washington.  It was a very business-like performance for the undefeated Trout (21-0, 13 KO's), who even wore a shirt and tie as he got his hands wrapped.

Trout was much more impressive in person that he appears on tape and he's a big super welter.  Throughout the contest, he was more aggressive, busier and harder to hit.  While Washington (13-11, 7 KO's) waited and waited, looking for the perfect counter, Trout landed southpaw jabs to the body and flurried when Taronze backed to the ropes.  Trout opened up in the 9th and 10th rounds, looking to get Washington out of there, but the proud veteran admirably fought off the advances of his eventual conqueror to offset his bravado. 

All three judges scored the bout 120-108, Trout had shown that it's going to take world class opposition to beat him and Washington earned respect in defeat.

Releford vs. Willis
The co-feature pitted Kendrick "The Apostle" Releford (21-13-2, 11 KO's) against "3rd Ward" Billy Willis (11-18-1, 9 KO's).  Though Releford's been campaigning primarily at cruiserweight these days, this was a heavyweight rematch.  Left jabs to the head and body kept Willis at bay and right hands bloodied his nose.  The end result was a unanimous six round decision for Releford by scores of 60-54 by all three judges. 

MMA Bout
The evening also featured a mixed martial arts debut between Zachariah King (1-0) and Stephen Adkisson (0-1), but it may as well have been a boxing match, as King deposited Adkisson on the canvas and temporarily removed him from consciousness with strikes.  It took King a grand total of 19 seconds and I'm still wondering what took him so long.

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