Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


June 17, 2014

The Waiting Game

Abdallah picks apart tough Englishman at sold out Kenan Arena; awaits word from WKA president Crenshaw on world title fight


The morning after trading punches at Saturday’s historic fight at the Kenan Center Arena, Lockport’s Amer Abdallah and James Wallis of the United Kingdom said goodbye by trading text messages.
Abdallah’s hard-fought, 10-round unanimous decision victory over the Swansea, UK brawler was fresh on both fighters’ minds — and bodies.
“I woke up to a text message from James. He said, ‘Hey champ, how sore are you today?’ I sent one back and said ‘About as sore as you are,’” quipped Abdallah, the WKA United States Light Heavyweight champion, who’s 97-92, 97-94, 97-94 victory sets the stage for a coveted world title shot.
“I feel strong, but obviously I’m a little sore today,” said the undefeated Abdallah (15-0), who was cut — not seriously — over the left eye by an accidental head butt late in the fight. Great corner work helped Team Abdallah overcome that temporary obstacle..
“Right at the opening bell, he hit me with a roundhouse kick that I blocked, but I could tell that he was very strong. His physique alone, was deceiving. He was very solid. He came in over-weight (196 pounds, compared to Abdallah’s 184), but he was durable. And we knew he was a mover, so our plan was to make him fight a way he wasn’t used to.”
Abdallah dominated the pace and tempo throughout, but Wallis showed tremendous stamina and came up with a few magic tricks of his own.
“When I dropped him in the 10th round, I hit him and he buckled, so I started to turn around when I saw him on the way down, but I guess he caught the rope and got right back up because when I turned around he was standing there,” Abdallah said.
“I’d give myself a B-minus as a grade. He put up a good fight and used his head very well. He was definitely one of the toughest fighters I’ve ever faced. And he was a class act.”

Text Only
  • 140730 Abdallah MAIN art.JPG Abdallah ranked No. 2 in the world by WKA

    Lockport professional kickboxer Amer Abdallah has been ranked the No. 2 Cruiserweight in the world by the World Kickboxing Association.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miller, Erin 2014.jpeg Miller sets 2 national lift records

    Lockport’s Erin Miller has successfully begun to channel the strength she acquired by shot putting and hammer-throwing into powerlifting. 

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140730 Bills Future ART.jpg Trump says he may not be the new Buffalo Bills owner

    Donald Trump says he is unlikely to be the next owner of the Buffalo Bills because he’s “not going to do something totally stupid” to make the team his.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140721 Canal Derby MAIN ART.JPG Medina man snags top prize

    A Medina man was the grand prize winner of a new fishing boat, motor and trailer at the 2014 Erie Barge Canal Fishing Derby Awards Banquet on Sunday at the Gasport Fire Hall.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140719 Bills Camp MAIN ART.jpg LHS grid Lions set to open at the Ralph

    The Lockport football Lions won't need to qualify for the sectional playoffs this fall in order to play a game at coveted Ralph Wilson Stadium — home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140719 Bills Camp SEC ART.jpg Bills will open camp Sunday

    Home-run hitters generally strike out a lot

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140718 Ennis MAIN ART.jpg Ennis earns five-year deal

    The Sabres re-signed center Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth about $23 million.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140716 Area Sports ART.jpg Taylor made victory in Florida

    Lockport heavyweight Joe Taylor improved to 6-0 as a professional by winning an IKF tournament last week in Florida.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140717 Together Again MAIN art.jpg Reed & Kelly: Together again

    Andre Reed will have his old signal-caller right there with him to celebrate in Canton.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140714 World Cup MAIN.jpg Goetzekrieg

    With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
AP Video
Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Judge OKs Record-setting $2B Sale of Clipper Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's 49ers Open Posh, High-tech Stadium in California Jeter, Trout Lead AL to All-Star Game Win Kluwe: I Hope Vikings Make Investigation Public College Football Championship Trophy Unveiled Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Argentina Fans Sad but Proud in Loss Germany Wins the World Cup 1-0 Raw: German Players Head to World Cup Final LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting' Netherlands Beats Host Brazil 3-0 to Finish 3rd Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide