WASHINGTON, D.C. -- I'm here at the Armory, where I usually come to watch the ladies roller derby each other, but now will be seeing men knock each other down. The undercard is not very much to speak of, but it started off well enough. We'll see if that holds. Come back for regular updates leading up to the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event -- they'll go in chronological order until then...
A six-round featherweight bout kicked things off in sizzling fashion (ring announcer Henry Jones said it was a four round bout, then said it had been "upgraded," but by my reading on BoxRec it had always been a six rounder, and the bout sheet said that's what it was too). I thought the underdog, 2-9 DeWayne Wisdom deserved the decision, but the judges saw it wide for Raul Lopez instead -- 59-55 twice, 58-56 once. Wisdom had what looked like two knockdowns to me in the 1st round, but the ref didn't count them as such, and Lopez walked back to his corner with a welt under his left eye. The 2nd started well for Lopez, as he swarmed Wisdom with body shots and sent him to a knee, then controlled the rest of the round, but Wisdom sent Lopez down hard with a left hook at the end of the round -- it could've been even, but I tilted it to Lopez. The ref called a time out at the beginning of the 3rd for some reason, but I still had him taking that round as well as the 4th and 5th, although they were close. Lopez closed very strong, at least, taking the 6th against a faded Wisdom.
Gavonte Davis made his pro debut a short one -- he dropped Desi Williams twice with left hands and on the second one, he was very slow to rise. The featherweight had a long amateur career, apparently, so there's that to judge him by, but this wasn't enough for me to evaluate him much.