Down goes Frazier!
Bahamian Heavyweight Champion Sherman “Tank” Williams was just getting into the thick of things in the first round when his opponent, American Stacey “Big Foot” Frazier, decided to that he could not continue, forcing the referee to award the UBO (Universal Boxing Organization) title fight to Williams by way of Technical Knockout (TKO) on Saturday night at the Kendal G.L Isaacs National Gymnasium. It was supposed to be the featured event of the Bahamian Sons Promotion’s “Back Yard Rumble II” card on Saturday night, but it hardly got started before it was finished.
Williams’ victory climaxed a night with six pro bouts and three amateur contests featuring young boxers from the Strikers Boxing Club.
As for the main event, Williams vs. Frazier, local boxing fans were left disappointed and threw jeers at Frazier.
The official ruling is that the fight was stopped due to a shoulder injury to Frazier.
Williams came into the fight with a record of 42 wins – 22 by way of TKO – and 13 losses.
Williams said he wanted to take the fight to at least three rounds.
“Coming into the fight I was looking at taking him to three rounds. I wasn’t going to let him go past three rounds but I wanted to give the fans something to look forward to. In Grand Bahama last year, it was a first round TKO. A lot of people said, ‘Tank we support you but we are not coming out for a short night.’ That’s why I was aiming for three rounds,” said Williams.
Williams said somehow American boxers find a way to quit, specifically referring to his bout with former world champion Evander Holyfield eight years ago, when the referee ruled a no-contest due to an injury to Holyfield.
“I was really looking to give the fans a dramatic TKO. I do not like when guys find their way to the back door. (Evander) Holyfield found a way to quit, these Americans always find a way to quit. He is a tall guy. What I wanted to do was to start off with the jab, establish a pace and once I started to connect, I think he lost his heart and didn’t want to be here,” said Williams.
Frazier was much taller than Williams but Williams said he wasn’t concerned at all. He said he wanted to feel Frazier out, not going in with anything major. Williams was the more aggressive fighter, not waiting for Frazier to attack him first. He landed some punches and was able to dodge a few that Frazier tried to land. That was it for Frazier for the night.
Williams said he is grateful for the patrons who came out and supported the event, and is looking at giving the younger boxers another platform in September.
“I am grateful and thankful for those who came out and supported the event tonight and I hope this can be an ongoing thing. Israel Johnson and Chino Sherman and a few others came up short but our goal is to put on competitive fights,” said Williams. “Right now, we are looking at a rematch with the two Jamaicans who got a victory tonight and possibly coming back in September with Back Yard Rumble III. Nassau is a good place to be and I think once we stroke it we can get it going again. Boxing went dormant in the country and I just want to make a difference. Even though I am still in the ring fighting, I find time now to double task and do the promotions because most fighters who left amateur really don’t have an outlet. Tonight was just a platform and a beginning for these fighters here in Nassau,” an energetic Williams said.
Malik Glinton knocked out Kyre Woods in the first round in a middleweight bout on the undercard. Both fighters were making their debuts on the professional circuit.
Jamaican Alando Lewis got a victory over Bahamian Chino Sherman in another middleweight bout. Both fighters made their professional debut.
In the super middleweight class, Jamaican Ramel Lewis improved to a 5-4 win-loss record as he defeated American Shayan Shahab in a split decision.
Chad Richards defeated Israel Johnson in a split decision in a cruiserweight fight. It was the professional debut for both fighters.
Tyrone Oliver knocked out Toriano Nicholas in the second round to win the welterweight bout on the evening.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism