Jimmy Lange Captures WBC Title with 8th Rd KO
Fairfax, VA --- Showing his fearless courage and trademark heart, Jimmy Lange scored an eight-round TKO of Fontaine Cabell in their highly-anticipated rematch to capture the previously vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental America’s 154-pound title in front of 4,382 jubilant hometown fans at the Patriot Center on Saturday night.
Article posted on 14.05.2007
Unlike their first match, held in Fairfax last December, Lange and Cabell went toe-to-toe from the opening bell with the local favorite jumping in front and winning round one. However, Cabell, a Staten Island, NY, native now residing in Orlando, FL, employed the same attacking-strategy and didn’t back down from the Lange onslaught and launched his own flurry of jabs and counters that often rocked Lange over the next few rounds.
Despite some visual bruising to Lange’s face, the season one “Contender” star continued his relentless pursuit and seemed to take control in the sixth round after Cabell absorbed a barrage of body punches throughout the first five rounds. With a renewed confidence, Lange went to work in the seventh round, connecting with a shower of devastating body blows and solid jabs that led to a knockdown. Seizing the moment, Lange stormed out of his corner in the eighth round to continue his assault on the visibly shaken Cabell until referee Joe Cooper stepped in and stopped the fight at 0:55.
The championship victory improved Lange’s record to 28-3-2, 20 KOs, while Cabell fell to 21-7-2, 16 KOs.
The remainder of the seven-bout card proved to be equally exciting with a solid mix of veterans and prospects putting on a great show. In the Co-Main Event, Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller (28-4-1, 13 KOs) looked world-class in dispatching of Smithsburg, MD’s Dean “Pit Bull” White (14-7-1, 7 KOs), ending White’s evening in the third round with a technical knockout.
The evening’s first fight didn’t last long, but was exciting while it lasted. Arlington, VA’s Bayanmunkh Bayanjargal (2-0, 2 KOs) utilized some impressive punching power to record a first-round TKO of Shane Gierkie (2-12, 2 KOs) of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.
Despite not having a professional fight among the two of them, Arlington’s Tracey Brewer (1-0) and Alexandria’s Tim Schahe (0-1) delighted the crowd by waging a back-and-fourth slugfest, reminiscent of two veterans. At the end of four rounds, Brewer emerged victorious on all scorecards, and both fighters earned the fans’ respect for their explosive performance.
Damon Antoine (5-13-1, 3 KOs) of Akron, Ohio, jumped all over “Irish” Mike Carrigan (3-1, 3 KOs) early and often in their scheduled four-round contest, handing the Vienna, VA fighter his first loss with a second-round knockout.
Former world champion William “King KO” Guthrie (35-4-3, 28 KOs) of St. Louis, MO escaped with a draw in an evenly matched six-round contest against “Gentleman” James Johnson (20-29-2, 11 KOs), while Philadelphia’s Lenny De Victoria (9-8, 2 KOs) pounded his way to a win against Jason Jordan (3-9-2).
Jackie “First Lady of Boxing” Kallen, best known for her role on “The Contender” and for managing former world champion James Toney, promoted the show through ICE Promotions and veteran JD Brown served as matchmaker for the card.
Jimmy Lange TKO 8 (:55) Fontaine Cabell
Damian Fuller TKO 3 (2:20) Dean White
William Guthrie Draw 6 James Johnson
Lenny De Victoria UD 6 Jason Johnson
Damon Antoine KO 2 (1:40) Mike Carrigan
Tracey Brewer UD 4 Tim Scache
Bayanmunkh Bayanjargal TKO 1 Shane Gierke
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