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November 19, 2012

Still undefeated

Lockport's Amer Abdallah improves to 13-0 with TKO win over Cleveland's Tiawan Howard at the Kenan Center Arena

LOCKPORT —  

It took just 15 minutes — that's five rounds in the kickboxing world — for Tiawan Howard to decide he’d had enough of Lockport’s Amer Abdallah, who survived a nasty cut over the left eye to earn a technical knockout win over the tough Cleveland mixed martial arts veteran.
Howard (16-6) failed to answer the bell for the sixth round in the main event of Saturday night’s professional light heavyweight kickboxing bout at the Kenan Center Arena as the Lockport gym owner Abdallah remained unbeaten — and more importantly, took another giant step towards a possible world title bid — before a large, vocal partisan crowd.
Among other big winners in the 11-bout card were Lockportians Pat Thompson and John Calixte.
Abdallah (13-0), the reigning World Kickboxing Eastern United States light heavyweight champion, was in control throughout the WKA-sanctioned, seven-round main event, but a cut over the left eye may have made some fight fans anxious as to the outcome.
Both fighters landed leg kicks and punches to the head in the sizing-up opening round, but one of them apparently caught Abdallah over the left eye and by the second round, Lockport’s U.S. champion was bleeding profusely.
Abdallah came out aggressively the rest of the way and began a well-calculated offensive attack that keyed on delivering body shots to Howard, who is known for his Tyson-like power in the ring.
The affect was immediate and Howard started backing away from Abdallah, who was more than happy to move in and deliver more blows.
Great work from the Abdallah corner kept the bleeding from becoming a factor, as Howard teetered on verge of getting knocked out several times over the next two rounds. A third-round uppercut felled Howard for the first time as referee Joe Pagan stepped in to give the out-of-towner his first of three standing-eight counts.

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