Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


November 25, 2013

Enter the Dragon

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



VanNostrand knocked out Jeff “Captain Caveman” Denz of Buffalo just 12 seconds into the fifth and final round of their scheduled pro fight. Low blows by both fighters slowed the pace down significantly in the later rounds, but the KO was just a matter of time for the ring surgeon VanNostrand, who had Denz dazed and confused throughout.
Meanwhile, despite a strong start, Lockport heavyweight, Ali Kimmons was KO’d by Rochester’s Chuck Jewell in his final pro fight. A knee to the head by Jewel ended it 1:03 into the second round.
Abdallah said the event would not have been possible without his many sponsors.
“For the first time in 13 years I was able to appreciate an entire Lockport fight card from ringside, and witness first-hand the significance of sponsors like Jeff Folckemer, Dominick Ciliberto, Kyle Brent, Tim Mulvey, Scott Cain, Brian Junke, Brad Cline and Anthony Butera. Without them we wouldn’t be able to produce the sold out event we had on Saturday,” Abdallah said.
Two more locals, Lockport welterweight Matt Harrison and Starpoint lightweight Brandon Freiburger, both lost three-round bouts by unanimous decision. Harrison was defeated by Toronto’s Mark Diryas (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), while Freiburger lost to Sier Aziz of Weedsport (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
“I’m so proud of our local warriors, Joe Taylor, Matt Harrison, Brandon Freiburger, Mike Moyer & Ali Kimmons for representing Lockport and this community,” Abdallah said.
“Win, lose or draw, it takes a lot of courage to get in there in front of your hometown and perform. I’m my biggest critic and I was able to see a lot of things that we can improve on, build, and enhance to give our crowd an even better show next June.”
FIGHT NIGHT NOTES: The ring ladies were Marissa Carcione, Cassidy Boyle and Megan Maurer … The ringside physician was Dr. Margaret Libby … Among those representing LLLF at the fight card were president Ritchie Blackburn and recently-retired head coach Gil Eaton … Others attending the fights included recently-retired city worker Tony Annalora, trainer Rob D’Angelo, former heavyweight contender Baby Joe Mesi and his father, Jack Mesi; and former Lockport High School clutch basketball and gritty soccer player Angelo DiMillo … Singing the National Anthem was Lockport businessman Pete Robinson.

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