Boxing: Hurricane Wright breezes to win at Radisson
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent April 14, 2013 6:54PM
Updated: May 16, 2013 6:37AM
MERRILLVILLE — Junior “Hurricane” Wright didn’t exactly come into the fight like a “storm with a violent wind” but he packed enough punch in the second and third rounds against his opponent, Chris Thomas, that the judges thought enough damage was applied.
Wright (7-0) earned his seventh straight knockout win to start his pro career with a third-round TKO over Thomas in the Main Event at the Radisson Rumble IV presented by Gotti Promotions on Saturday night at the Celebrity Ballroom in the Radisson Hotel.
Wright said he complimented Thomas after the fight for giving him a run for his money, at times, during the bout.
“It was definitely a lot tougher than I thought. I must have hit him with a thousand hooks and he kept coming so I was surprised,” said Wright, of his first bout lasting more than two rounds. “I knew he could have gone the distance and I think they definitely stopped it prematurely. He could have gone the full six. He was definitely tough enough to do so.”
Wright said he got off to a slow start in Round 1 because he was trying to “feel out” Thomas.
“I kind of came out slow like always ... I was just trying to get an idea,” Wright said. “But in the second round, I pretty much did what I had to do. I knew I would have to press the fight because he’s longer so I couldn’t stay at a distance with him and try to box him.
“In the third round — pretty much the same thing — that’s what I was going to do. I was going to press the whole time but they stopped it early.”
In the co-Main Event, LaPorte’s Nick Cook (16-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Chris Eppley (10-3, 9 KO’s) with a six-round unanimous decision.
It was Cook’s first time in the ring in more than five years. His last bout was a draw against Marcus Oliveria on Feb. 9, 2008, at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium.
Meanwhile, Lee Kriesher upset favored “Irish” Jimmy Murphy in a third-round TKO. Kriesher backed Murphy into a corner in the third and the referee waived off the fight.
Other results included: Ed Brown defeating Warren Snap with a TKO; Ricardo Chavez earning a 2nd Round TKO over Tim Dunn; and Alex Martin recording a 2nd Round TKO in his first professional fight over Clifford McPherson. Both Dunn and McPherson didn’t come out of their corners after the first round.