Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


June 10, 2013

Road to Glory road kill

WKA-sanctioned main event lasts just 117 seconds



“We were looking for a higher quality opponent and I trained hard for this fight — 10 weeks, and traveled across the country, hired the best trainers —so I was very discouraged he did not put up a better fight. After the second knockdown, his cornerman put up his hands as if to say ‘please take it easy on him.’ I’m human and I have emotions so I concentrated on just knocking him down again nicely and getting him out of there with the three knockdown rule,” Abdallah said.
Meanwhile, Taylor’s muay thai heavyweight debut was electrifying as he recorded the evening’s only pure knockout, pummeling Steven Wilson quickly into submission in their scheduled three-round amateur fight.
The partisan Kenan crown welcomed Taylor, the son of the late Lockport pro boxer Johnny Taylor, with a large ovation. The two fighters exchanged punches and kicks with Taylor, who was trained by Lockport’s Corey Webster at Western New York MMA in Buffalo, landing the more telling blows.
With 10 seconds left in the opening round, Taylor moved in quickly and nailed Wilson with a combination of left and right hands. One final, wicked right hand landed squarely on Wilson’s jaw and the Syracuse resident went down like a sack of potatoes as referee Bill Keifer counted him out. The official time was 2:00.
“I feel great,” Taylor said while being mobbed by family, friends and complete strangers as he made his way back to the locker room. “I got great advice from the people who trained me. They told me to relax and take my time out there and don’t go for the knockout right away. When I heard the 10-second signal, I don’t know, my hands just released. I heard one of my men in the corner, Kendrick Huston, tell me to let the hands fly.”

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