Seals vs Sharpe, Jones vs Moore, Augustine vs Phippen, Dulay vs Griffin
BY KID HERSH
Thursday evening PBC boxing on FS1 from the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Tunica Mississippi had a great undercard stacked with prospects.
Michael Seals (19-1, 14KO's) vs Dennis Sharpe (17-22-4, 4KO's) was first up on the card to start the night. In the first round it was painfully obvious that Seals was not only bigger and stronger but already too much for Sharpe as he scored a knockdown to end the round and hurt him multiple times through the round with punches to the temple. In the second round it looked like Seals was carrying Sharpe as he lightened up on his punches and looked like he had no hurry in the world, looking to get some rounds in. The fight was then over early in the third round when Seals landed a big right hand that scored another knockdown. Sharpe rose and tried to continue but was knocked to wobbly legs right away and the referee stepped in and called a halt to the bout.
Next up was Jean Pierre Augustin (8-0-1, 3KO's) vs Danny Phippen (21-3, 16KO's). Phippen looked something along the lines of Two-Ton Tony Galento but that was where the comparisons ended as the fight was over when it began. Phippen went down almost immediately and took a ten count, shaking his head as if to say "no way". Somewhere in media row I heard a journalist yell "I told you not to do it dad"
Justin Jones (19-0-2, 11KO's) vs Rodney Moore (17-13-2, 7KO's). After the main event we had this heavyweight matchup yet to show. Jones was very respectful of Moore in the first round. perhaps a bit too much, as Moores feints a la Tyson Fury vs Wladimir Klitschko were working to stop Jones in his tracks a bit. In the second round Moore was still clowning a bit but proving a hard target for Jones to find yet. Moore continued being super frustrating while talking to King but he was doing more talking than punching until in the fifth round he went to work after announcing to everyone it was time for him to go to work (yes during the round). Moore is a character, as he was at one time a long time ago to be taken seriously and he even caught
Austin Dulay (7-0, 5KO's) vs Rynell Griffin (7-26-2, 2KO's). Dulay had some trouble reaching Griffin in the first round and although he was winning the round he was getting tagged in spots by Griffin. Dulay then took over in the second round and was picking his spots on Griffin who seemed to be shrinking more and more by the minute. Dulay was winning but he seemed to be a bit off with his offense and defensively he was admiring his work and leaving himself open for counters. He seemed a bit off despite winning the rounds but he did put Griffin away in the fourth round after two knockdowns. He found Griffin to the body and then followed up to the head. After the fight my thoughts were confirmed when he said that he did not have southpaw sparring so he was having trouble for a few rounds with the southpaw in front of him until he could find him.