Results From Tunica: Howard Remains Undefeated



The 10th Anniversary of the highly anticipated “Fights At The Fitz? opened to a sold out crowd in Tunica, MS. On Saturday October 25th. This streak has made history as the longest running casino boxing series in sports history. To celebrate this new milestone Fitzgerald Casino along with Prize Fight Promotions invited former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world James Buster Douglas, also known as the man who caused the biggest upset in boxing history by becoming the first man to defeat Iron Mike Tyson. Douglas would remain on hand for a meet and greet with fans. The celebration didn’t end there.





The night’s card would end with a main event match-up between middleweights Tyler ‘Hercules’ Howard  (5-0) and Steve Victor (1-5-1).  Tyler would keep his unbeaten record when he KO’d Victor in the first round. Hercules showed off his power, belting blow after blow to the body of his less capable opponent. Victor went to his knees twice after being hit with a devastating right hook to the body.  The second knock down led to the fight being halted 2:00 into the first round.


The fifth fight, of the night for the cruiserweight division would be the one bout boxing fanatics inside the Fitz arena won’t soon forget.  Darius Shorter (2-9) would enter the ring in intimidating fashion, searing a mean attitude, toying with his 22-year-old rival Cody Williams (7-0) But it wouldn’t end there. Ooohs and Ahhhh’s fill the room when Shorter doesn’t just touch gloves like the orders given him by the third man in the ring. Shorter’s hit resembles the moment when Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago first touched gloves in the Rocky 4 movie Franchise.  From round 1 to round 6 Shorter danced around, and showboats while his opponent Williams used his fist as a battering ram against Shorter’s face.  Although Shorter would get off a couple of good body shots, Cody remains focused sealing the win by landing crisp shots to the head, resulting in Shorter dropping his mouthpiece. The referee would caution Shorter for spitting out the mouthpiece but that did not stop Shorter.  The Referee would deduct points from Shorter in Rds 4 and 5 for losing the mouthpiece. Round 5 also showed Cody landing a devastating right hook that sent Shorter’s mouthpiece several feet into the audience.  In Rd 6, Williams would continue his relentless attack, which resulted in Shorter losing the mouth-guard for the third and final time. The referee disqualifies Shorter in Rd 6.  Shorter would continue his antics by not shaking the winner Cody’s hand which resulted in a chorus of boos in Shorter’s direction. The audience in unison then began chanting Cody! Cody! The Time was 2:21 in Round 6

Mariachi music blazed as Rogelio ‘El Loco’ Cesarez (7-2) took command of the fight from the opening bell.  Cesarez smothered opponent Dedrick Bell (12-21) keeping him against the ropes for most of the 6 round battle. Cesarez maintained a true ‘Mexican style’ thirst that could only be quenched by unleashing a gust of body shots, and punches that left no room for Bell to use his height as an advantage. Welterweight Winner, Cesarez would get the majority decision win with scores of 55-59, 55-59, 57-57

Fight fans would get an eye full of entertainment in the only heavyweight battle of the night.  The four round event pit the winner James Tanksley (1-0) against Little Rocks’ Nathan Hester (0-1).  Tanskley pro-debut was on his “bucket list’.  The 41 year old climbed into to ring a put on a comical showcase with his opponent Hester.  With Hester teasing and throwing his hands in the air giving off that ‘You Cant phase me’ stance, coupled with James raising his eyebrow in a “The Rock “type facial move, along with pounding his own chest, kept the audience wanting more of the acting performances when actual boxing was taking place.  James would get the unanimous decision win. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, 39-39

Biloxi Native Justin Brunetti (3-3) ruins opponent Julius Dyes (2-1) perfect record in a four round junior middleweight challenge.  Although Julius was the obvious crowd favorite, Brunetti would steal the show, connecting body shots and combos to Dyes who looked to have issues keeping his feet. Scores were 39-37 on all (3) cards.

Jr. Middleweight Joey Bryant  (11-0) defends his perfect winning streak with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Bowman (10-51). The scheduled six round bout picked up steam during the 5th round with both fighters hitting the gas in an explosive exchange of body blows. Although the fight would go the distance it would remain one sided. Official scores 60/54 all three judges.




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