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November 25, 2013

Enter the Dragon

Lockport's Joe Taylor proves he's no flash in the pan

LOCKPORT —

There were fists of fury and a couple of knees, elbows and feet thrown in for good measure throughout Saturday night’s professional kickboxing and muay thai fight card at the Kenan Center Arena.
But there just wasn’t quite the same degree of anticipation in the air as an Amer Abdallah main event. Abdallah was not on the card, but he did the next best thing, helping to organize and promote another sold-out event that brought together some of Lockport’s finest, including Mayor Michael Tucker and the best of the Lockport and local business community.
So while the crowd was thoroughly enjoying a terrific night of bouts that included a half dozen of promising young Lockportians, by 10 p.m. there still seemed to be something missing. And with just two fights to go on the 14-bout card, a lot of people were still looking up at the ring hoping to see someone emerge as the next great Lockport fighter.
Enter the dragon.
Joe Taylor’s first punch — a straight right hand — knocked Satbir Bassi to the canvass in the first few seconds of the first round. Lockport’s “Son of a Legend” went on to thoroughly dominate the Torontonian for three rounds and not only won the heavyweight fight by unanimous decision, but captured the hearts and souls of the large Lockport contingent of family and friends who attended.
Taylor, the son of the late Lock City boxing great Johnny Taylor, continues to carve out a promising career, improving to 2-0 with a dominating victory over a lanky, but tough and durable Maple Leaf fighter. Next up for Taylor is the Buffalo Golden Gloves competition in January. Taylor said he will continue to train with Corey Webster and Kendrick Huston at Western New York MMA in Buffalo.
Taylor took control of his fight from the first bell. Bassi countered the best that he could, but Taylor was simply too strong, landing a flurry of punches to the head in all three rounds, winning by the judges’ scores of 29-26, 30-27, 30-26.

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