Fight Reports

Underground Showdown 4: A Dramatic KO, Upsets and the Tough Road Back

Results and notes from Atlanta.

Last Saturday, Buckhead Fight Club hosted their fourth edition of Underground Showdown. The event aims to showcase the Southeast’s most promising boxing talent in competitive fights. This made for an entertaining evening filled with scrappy performances and an tougher than expected main event.

Photo Credits: Ground Breaking Events

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Opener: Jeffrey Dorsey (red/ black and white trim) vs. Deron Smith (red/white tights), super bantamweights

This was way better than you’d guess from their respective. Dorsey is Hall of Fame lineage through his grandfather, the Easton Assassin himself Larry Holmes. You can imagine the pressure that put on him.

But one thing Dorsey’s record tells me is that this endeavor goes well beyond just being a phrase. He started his pro career in 2012 with a first round TKO loss. He would lose twice more the following year before taking a three year break. He returned in 2016 and fought to four-round draw with Vinny Scaratino. Another two-year break followed before returning for this bout.

At 31 years old, this is likely Dorsey’s last chance to make in the sport and he fought like it. He and his opponent, Deron Smith, are both southpaws. Each showed power in their left hands with Dorsey doing more damage with his sharper counter-punching. Upon being cut above the left eye, the blood seemed to reinvigorate Smith, who fought back with animalistic intensity. Dorsey found himself pinned on the ropes where Smith would wail on him relentlessly.

It was a close, exhausting fight that was scored a majority draw. For both men, the first career win remains elusive.

 

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Darryl Jones (black) SD Stephen Hall (white/blackstripe), super middleweights

This was another barn-burner. Although shorter, Hall was the stockier and stronger puncher. Jones was struggling to keep him on the end of the his jab and had to tie up inside. But starting in the second round, Jones began to land heavy, singular counter shots. The momentum shifted once Jones began to stand his ground inside and work the body. Although Hall was never seriously hurt, the body blows sapped his activity over the last two rounds allowing Jones to squeak by with a split decision.

 

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Justin Biggs (spotted) KO1 Keasen Freeman (neon), super welterweight

As you can see from the picture, this wasn’t a good day at the office for Keasen Freeman. Once he got a whiff of Biggs’s power, his will to fight evaporated. On clinches and glancing blows he fell to the canvas, prompting a ringside observer to quip, “He really likes being on the floor.”

We got our first official knockdown via a short hook. To his credit, Freeman rose but was quickly planted under the bottom rope.

A complete massacre.

 

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Carltavius Jones (gold trunks) UD4 Devante Sewell (red trunks), super welterweight

Sewell was making his debut and had a deer in headlights look every time Jones trapped him on the ropes. Sewell made the decision early on to make due just surviving. Mission accomplished.

 

Patrick Riley (Jamaican flag colors) KO1 Donnie Reeves (black, gold trim)

KABOOM! This is your KO of the night. The 19-year-old Reeves, who goes by the nickname “Babyface,” came out guns blazing and dropped Riley hard with a hook. That’s when Riley set him up for this killer right hand counter. Reeves was all heart in getting up, but referee wisely called it off. Later backstage, Reeves was in good spirits and showed no ill effects from the knockout. Ah, the recuperative powers of youth…

 

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Deonte Brown (blue) KO1 Michael Smith

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Poor Michael Smith. After a few clean punches Brown had him looking for a soft spot on the canvas. “Lay Em Down” Brown is a bluechip prospect with Buckhead Fight Club and already looking to fight again in January.

I heard him say afterward he was hoping to go more rounds. At 4-0, he’s hasn’t gone the distance since his pro debut (UD4).

The southeast isn’t exactly bursting with talent at super featherweitght, but he needs better competition in 2019.

 

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MAIN EVENT

Eric Moon (white/gold trim) SD10 Victor Darocha (blue/white trim)

Moments after the getting the victory in this bruising affair, Moon was heard telling well-wishers “I needed that.” It was a strange statement considering some of the wincing body shots Daorcha hit him with. But Moon, who’s on the comeback trail following a stoppage loss to Meiirim Nursultanov in November 2017, perhaps needed the reminder to not take anyone lightly.

Nothing on Darocha’s record stands out. But the man is built like a tank and has an incredible ability to absorb punishment. Moon hurt him several times, even hitting Darocha with a body shot he was so sure was a knockdown that he began walking to the neutral corner. Darocha amazingly recovered before his knees touched the canvas and was fighting back at full strength moments later.

“Whoever the matchmaker was did a good job finding this guy,” Moon told me. “I just couldn’t find him with the jab.”

In the end, the jabs he did land allowed Moon to slow down the pace enough to nick rounds and get the close decision (96-94 twice, 94-95). Still a bit close for comfort if you’re a Moon supporter, but I also heard one of handlers claiming there were some problems making weight.

At 27, Moon is right in his athletic prime. 2018 was the rebuilding year. 2019 should be where he becomes more active and shoots for 3-4 fights.

 

Stay tuned to BeatsboxingMayhem for news on the next Underground Showdown event.

 

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