On Friday April 12th, the Little Creek Casino hosted a very special night of boxing as ESPN's long running Friday Night Fight series made their first ever visit to the casino's Skookum Creek Events Center. With a card put together by Goossen Tutor Promotions, the show featured high-level national and international boxers, as well as NW talent. One major hiccup did occur unfortunately as the semi-main event between highly regarded Farah Ennis and Francisco Sierra was scrapped when Sierra weighed in an nearly 20 pounds overweight. While regrettable, it did allow for 2 NW fighters to get moved onto the nationally televised portion of the event.
The main event was a 10-round featherweight contest between two hard-hitting fighters in former WBA Champion Rico "Suavecito" Ramos and Mexican contender Oscar Gonzalez. Both fighters were coming off losses and came in throwing hard-leather in looking for the win. Gonzalez consistently found the target for his punching power, scoring repeatedly throughout the fight and getting a knockdown in the 6th. Ramos showed flashes of brilliance but at the end of ten rounds, it was Gonzalez taking the decision 98-91, 97-93, 96-93.
The Ennis-Sierra bout cancellation allowed Lightweight's Ray Lampkin of Vancouver WA and Yakima's Landon Horseman to slip onto ESPN2's live national broadcast and the pair did not disappoint in providing both the viewers at home and the crowd at the Little Creek a lively fight. Lampkin came out on top by rebounding from a knock down in the 2nd to come out in the 3rd and score a KO with a wicked body shot at 1:48 of the round.
The ESPN2 broadcast opened with 2x Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina moving to 3-0 in his pro career with a first round knockout of Spokane's Daryl Gardner. Molina's punching speed and power proved the difference in this Jr Middleweight matchup.
In the non-televised portion of the card, So Cal's Maurice Lee scored a 2nd round TKO victory over Spokane's Sean Quinett in a lightweight bout that was the pro debut for both combatants.
Chinese fighter Ik Yang, who started training recently with Spokane's Chauncy Welliver, won his US debut with a 2nd round KO of Mexican fighter Ivan Zavala.
The first prelim of the night was a Super Featherweight four-rounder that had Eastern WA's Andres Ramos and Vancouver WA's Sammy Perez engage in an entertaining battle to get the crowd going. It went to the judges who all saw it 39-37 for Ramos.
ESPN's Friday Night Fight series is a long-running nationally televised weekly boxing series, with ringside commentary provided by Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas. The series has an active Facebook page at facebook.com/espn.fnf.
More info on Goosen Tutor Promotions at GoossenTutor.com.
The Little Creek Casino regulary hosts pro boxing events. More info at little-creek.com.