Worthy scores big decision over Smith
By Greg Gulas
All Chalka Worthy needed was a little direction from his corner.
That seemed to spell the difference as he scored a unanimous decision over Burnside A.C.’s Drew Smith in the main event during Saturday’s All-Star Boxing Show 3 at St. Lucy’s Palermo Center.
Four locals were featured on the 13-bout card with each failing to crack the win column.
“My coaches told me to throw a lot of punches and don’t bang with him [Smith],” Worthy said. “He caught me a couple times, but I was able to catch him as well.”
Worthy remained undefeated in three fights while Smith fell to 10-10 overall.
“I felt weak, but had stamina. He just had more stamina,” Smith said.
Brian Sims (13-5) of Downtown Boxing Club went nose-to-nose all three rounds with Cleveland’s K.C. Austin (13-12) at 160 pounds, but dropped a unanimous decision to the Clevelander who forced a standing eight-count in the third round.
“I didn’t listen to my corner. They told me to box more and use my jab, but I didn’t so this is a lesson learned for me,” Sims said. “I thought he was more of a boxer, but it turned out he was more of a brawler. I’ll be back, I promise.”
Austin said he didn’t really have a gameplan going into the fight.
“I knew that Brian was a tough fighter, but I really didn’t have a strategy going in,” Austin said. “All I want from my fights is to be a little better next time out and this fight definitely made me a better fighter.”
Nate Cordova (4-2), also of Keith Burnside’s A.C., fell to Cleveland’s Brandon McCullough (2-1) in a 144-pound pairing, a fight for which Cordova said he had a hard time prepping.
“I was preparing for one fight, but the opponent actually changed four different times,” Cordova said. “I was training to meet a short fighter, but at the last minute he turned out to be much taller than I expected. No excuses because Brandon is an excellent fighter. He’s a hard hitter.”
In a 168-pound match-up, Cleveland’s Russell Scott (25-4) scored a second-round TKO (2:36) over Salem Boxing Club’s Mardell Halas, catching him twice with rib shots.
“Every time he came off the jab I noticed that he lifted his hand. I saw the opening and just took advantage of it,” Austin said.
Halas fell to 5-9 overall with the loss.
“He caught me the first time, it stunned me and I was able to recover,” Halas said. “The second time his rib shot just did me in.”
In the opening bout of the evening and the first of two female scraps, 16 year-old Hannah Smith (2-1), a junior at Richmond Edison High, scored a unanimous decision over Alexa Gosset (0-1) at 132 pounds.
It was Gosset’s debut for Salem Boxing Club.
“I thought she was an excellent opponent, a tough fighter who could hit for her first time in the ring,” Smith said. “It will be a year in December that I have been boxing and I just keep learning every time that I step into the ring. I wanted to lead with my left hand and shift a lot as well.”
The other female pairing had Maria Antunez (23-2) of Erie Boxing Club, who was coming off just her second career loss, score a unanimous decision over Cleveland’s Asia Smith (11-11) in a 123-pound pairing.