SAN DIEGO, Calif., October 12, 2019 – Chicago boxing fans saw their only hometown world champion score a victory, along with several other action-packed bouts on the Usyk vs. Witherspoon undercard Saturday at Wintrust Arena. Full results here.
Hometown heroine Jessica McCaskill successful in messy title defense
Chicago’s only current world boxing titleholder, WBC/WBA World Super Lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill (9-2 3 KOs) won her rematch against Erica Farias of Argentina (26-5, 10 KOs) in a majority decision. Scores were 97-91, 96-92, and 94-94.
Fans hoping to see the same all-action fight the pair delivered a year ago were disappointed, and so was McCaskill. It was a messy brawl, with a point taken from Farias for holding and a point taken from McCaskill for rabbit punching.
“It felt like a WWE wrestling match,” said McCaskill. “I wanted to put on a good show for the fans and I don’t really feel like they got a lot of that tonight so I apologize.
“The first fight, there was a lot of brawling and banging, boxing movement, good shots, . I thought that’s what I was going to get tonight. She just was tired and couldn’t put on a performance tonight. I wish I had given the crowd a lot more. I’m not fully surprised by the draw, it is difficult to score a match like that.”
McCaskill landed 151 of 435 total punches (35 percent), compared to 127 of 393 total punches (32 percent) for Farias.
The 35-year-old McCaskill will no doubt watch the upcoming Nov. 2 fight between unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor and WBO World Super Lightweight Champion Christina Linardatou of Greece; the winner will own one of the belts McCaskill wants to add to her collection.
“The Magician” wants to make a belt appear
Super middleweight prospect Anthony Sims Jr. of Compton, California via Indiana (20-0, 18 KOs) dropped Morgan Fitch of Pittsburgh (19-4-1, 8 KOs) twice in the first round, and it seemed he’d make it an early evening. But Fitch carried on. Sims knocked down the 36-year-old Fitch again in the fifth. He survived the round. On his way back to his corner, Sims Jr. urged Fitch’s corner to stop the fight. His advice was ignored, so Sims Jr. took care of things with a little help from the referee, who stopped the fight with less than a minute left in the sixth when he pinned Fitch in the corner and delivered a flurry of hard head shots.
“As a fan, it’s one thing to watch a fight. But to be insider here, this fighter has to go back to his family, to his kids, to his job. If he doesn’t have to take any more punishment, get it over with. A hurt man is dangerous man, until he’s out of here I gotta do what I gotta do.”
“The Magician” said he’d like to fight David Fielding next as a “warm up” before he fights WBA titleholder Callum Smith of Great Britain. “Stepping stones, he’s a champion for a reason.”
TJ Doheny returns to form, wants Roman rematch
T.J. Doheny of Ireland (22-1, 16 KOs) returned to the ring in good form, dispatching Jesus Martinez of Colombia (26-10, 13 KOs) in five rough rounds. The former super bantamweight champion opened the year with an early 2019 Fight of the Year loss against Daniel Roman by a narrow decision. Doheny hopes the road will lead him right back to Roman, who was forced to withdraw from a scheduled Sept. 13 mandatory title defense against MJ Akhmadaliev in New York due to a shoulder injury.
Conwell remains undefeated; opponent Patrick Day injured
Charles Conwell of Cleveland (11-0, 8 KOs) remains undefeated with a blistering knockout over Patrick Day of Freeport, New York (17-4-1, 6 KOs) at 1:46 of the tenth and final round in their super welterweight bout. Conwell had knocked down Day several times but Day was still in the fight when Conwell delivered a combination of right hook, body shot, and left hook, with the final punch dropping Day hard to the canvas, out cold.
Day was immediately taken to an area hospital for treatment as a subdued Conwell accepted the victory while express concern for his opponent. It was Day’s second tough loss in a row, the last a 10-round drubbing by Carlos Adames in June. The boxing community wishes him well.
Additional results: Biyarslanov, Jones, Lynn winners
Super lightweight prospect “Chenchen Wolf” Arthur Biyarslanov of Russia and now training in Toronto (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance to win by unanmous decision against Tyrone “Sweet T” Jones of South Bend, Indiana (4-5-1, 1 KO). Scores were 59-55 X 2, and 58-56 .
Welterweight Summer Lynn of Chicago, a freshman at DePaul University, wins her pro debut against Jenna Johlin Thompson of Toledo (1-3-1). Lynn, a lifelong martial artist who turned to boxing because she wanted something “faster paced,” trains at the Body Shot Gym with unified lightweight champion Jessica McCaskill.
Super featherweight Otha Jones III of Toledo (4-0, 1 KO) kept his record perfect with a four round majority decision over Eric Manriquez of Houston (7-9-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 39-37, and 38-38.
Additional fights not complete at press time:
Super featherweight Joshuah Hernandez of Chicago (9-2, 7 KOs) vs Giovanni Mioletti of Chicago (17-0, 7 KOs)
Super welterweight Reshat Mati of Staten Island (3-0, 2 KOs) vs Norfleet Stitts of Fort Wayne, Indiana (1-4)
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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