Report and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
Spokane, Washington’s Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) added his fourth and most noteworthy win as a pro on Thursday night at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, scoring a first round knockout over former world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-29-1, 16 KOs), of Detroit. An unexpected rain storm had threatened to cause the cancellation of the outdoor event, but after a delay allowed for the storm to pass and crews to clean up the ring, the event went on. The main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am card between Ferguson and Williams was moved to the first pro slot on the schedule in order to ensure the fight went ahead before more rain moved in.
Ferguson quickly went to work behind his jab as the fight began and dropped Williams with the first hard right hand he threw, landing it flush on the temple. Moments later he dropped Williams once again, catching him with a crisp one-two counter as his opponent pressed forward. After the action was allowed to resume, Ferguson started working the body, landing thudding hooks to the mid-section that were visibly hurting Williams. A vicious left hook to the side dropped Williams to a knee where he would stay as referee Russ Hansen reached the count of ten at 1:41 of the round.
Ferguson adds his fourth consecutive win, all within two rounds, and now shifts his attention to his next bout on October 15th in Lava Springs, Idaho. Williams, meanwhile, drops his twenty-seventh consecutive loss. The bout was contested at the cruiserweight limit
What was originally scheduled to be the semi-main event of the card was moved to the final slot and served as an exciting end to the night. In a six round Jr. middleweight rematch, Helena, Montana’s Duran Caferro (15-1, 11 KOs) came back from a one-year long lay-off to score another decision win over journeyman Daniel Gonzalez (12-39-2, 4 KOs), of Billings, Montana in an action packed fight. Caferro, who is a fighter more comfortable using his jab and movement to work at range, tried to take control of the distance early in the fight, but remaining moisture from the earlier rainstorm made that task a difficult one. Caferro slipped multiple times early in the bout, forcing him to abandon his boxing, for the most part, and stand and trade with the shorter Gonzalez, giving Gonzalez much more of an opportunity to work in close where he has been more comfortable throughout his career. Both fighters unloaded with intensity throughout the fight, trading momentum and heavy leather. Caferro, with the quicker hand speed, appeared to have an edge in the first four rounds, out-landing Gonzalez with more effective combinations. Gonzalez came back in the fifth, doing a better job of cutting off the ring and employing a buzzsaw offense as Caferro slowed. Caferro closed out the fight in strong fashion, though, unloading with four and five punch flurries that had the crowd stirred up into a frenzy. The judges’ scorecards read 60-54, 58-56, and 57-57, giving Caferro the majority decision win.
In a four round cruiserweight bout, local fan-favorite and event promoter Jon Jay Mount (3-1, 2 KO) shook off three years worth of ring rust to score a first round stoppage win over late substitute Darian Ponga (0-1) of Lame Deer, Montana. Mount began the bout working patiently behind his jab, slowly stepping up his output as the first round wore on. Mid-way through, Mount dug into his opponents mid-section with a barrage of hooks that drew grimaces and put his opponent in some trouble. As Ponga reeled back to the ropes, Mount unloaded with a debilitating left hook that dropped his opponent to the cavass. Referee Russ Hansen wasted no time, wisely waving the bout off at 2:20 as Ponga rolled in pain.
Las Vegas, Nevada’s Ronald Johnson (12-1, 4 KOs) broke a six and a half year long hiatus from the sport with a third round TKO win over Fort Belknap’s Warren Brocky (0-1), who was making his pro debut. Brocky showed some skill and a lot of determination in the fight, but in the end the superior skill level of Johnson was too much for the local favorite. Johnson dropped Brocky twice in the second round, once with a counter right and again late in the round with a left hook, and twice again in the third, both times with left hooks, before referee Russ Hansen stopped it at 1:03 of the third. The fight took place in the cruiserweight division.
In a lightweight women’s bout between two fighters originally from the Fort Belknap area, Megan Martin (0-0-1), of Dodson, and Wamnee Ereaux (0-0-1), now living in Tucson, Arizona, fought to a draw. Both fighters had a hard time with the moisture on the ring early in the bout, slipping multiple times. The referee repeatedly stopped the action to mop up the ring and wipe off the fighters’ shoes, but the moisture continued to pose a problem, in particular for fighters more comfortable moving around the ring a lot. Martin appeared to get comfortable with the situation quicker and began to land with greater regularity, taking the first two rounds. In the third, though, an increasingly frustrated Ereaux abandoned her movement and walked her opponent down, landing repeatedly with hard over-hand rights to the chin of Martin. Ereaux kept her pace up in the fourth, and while the round was close, it appeared Ereaux took it with the more accurate right hand assaults. All three judges were split, scoring the bout 39-37 for Ereaux, 40-36 for Martin, and 38-38, making the bout a draw. Both were making their pro debut.
The Silver Wolf Fight Promotions crew, who were putting on their first event, responded quickly to an unfortunate situation when the rain rolled in. Thankfully for them and the fans, who waited the rain storm out, they all got a full night at the fights.