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November 25, 2013

Enter the Dragon

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



“He was a lot tougher than the guy I beat earlier this year,” Taylor said, referring to his debut first-round knockout win last summer.
“Bassi was the toughest guy I ever fought — ever. He took shot after shot. I hit him with the first punch in the first round and he went down, then he got up and I thought, ‘Okay, maybe one more good shot,’ then finally I thought, ‘It’s going to be a long three rounds.’ “
Taylor thanked his family and friends in attendance for their support. They included his mother, Norma Taylor, his sisters Julie Taylor and Jennifer Sewar, brother Josh Taylor, grandmother May Davis and niece Dayla Mangine. He also thanked the Lockport Little Loop youth football team that he coaches, Abdallah and Lace Up Promotions for their continued support.
“I’ve been coaching that team three years now and we just had our banquet. I asked them if they’d like to lead me to the ring before my fight and it made me feel great that they would come out and do that,” Taylor said. “I have so many people who believe in me. Everyone at Lockport Little Loop is so supportive. They make me a better person every day.”
Taylor’s convincing win over Bassi garned the most attention, but the main event packed a meaner punch — or kick, actually.
Marc Stevens of Liverpool knocked out Buffalo’s Jay Bauman in their scheduled three round professional middleweight fight. Stevens got little support from the pro-Bauman crowd, especially after he knocked the Team Deleon fighter senseless with a powerful sweeping right foot to the chin at 2:16 of the first round.
Among other winners Saturday night were Team Andrello’s popular duo of junior middleweight Kevin VanNostrand and lightweight Luay Ashkar; and Buffalo’s middleweight bruiser Johnny Calixte.

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