Gary’s “Merciless” McGee gets back on track, wins 21st professional bout
BY RYAN HASKELL Post-Tribune correspondent November 24, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: December 26, 2013 6:33AM
MERRILLVILLE — Gary’s “Merciless” Mary McGee trotted into the boxing ring to Alicia Keys “Girl is on Fire” with a sneer on her face ready to make quick work of her opponent, Lakeysha Williams from Philadelphia, Pa.
The former WBC International female lightweight champion of the world was out to avenge her previous two losses and get herself ready for another run at a championship belt.
McGee got the win she wanted but not the knockdown she was trying for against Williams.
McGee (21-3, 11 KO’s) won an six-round unanimous decision against Williams (9-18-3) as part of Radisson Rumble V at the Star Plaza inside the Radisson Hotel on Friday night as part of a nine-bout lineup.
The former champion was coming off a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Holly Holm in Albuquerque, NM, on May 11 and a 10-round decision loss to undefeated Erica Anabella Fariass for the WBC lightweight title in Rosario, Sante Fe, Argentina on Oct. 4.
McGee said she was more nervous on Friday than her previous two fights.
“I was more nervous here than I was when I was out of the country,” said McGee, who won every round in the fight. “It’s a different feeling when everybody expects so much out of you.”
Williams gave McGee some fits as she was never able to square up and land the big punch. The fight was never in doubt, however, as Williams didn’t have the power punch to McGee’s.
“From my last two fights, I learned to jab more to feel a person out,” McGee said. “I love to bang so that’s why I fought (more conservative) the way I did the first four rounds. My coach said since I fought so well that he would give me a gift. He said, ‘You can try to knock her out.’ We realized she didn’t have much power so when I didn’t feel any power from her, I knew I could bang some more.”
Angel “The Upset” Hernandez had a different approach to his welterweight bout against Starr Johnson. Hernandez was all about the knockout and it showed as he put his opponent to the floor twice in two minutes before he was rendered a TKO winner in the first round. Hernandez was coming off a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Purnell Gates for the vacant USBO Junior middleweight title in Oct.
“Going past the second round wasn’t going to be any good for me,” he said after improving to 16-12 with 13 knockouts. “I told my kids it just wasn’t going to happen.”
Hernandez said he’s hoping to get back north for a rematch for the Junior middleweight title.
“Maybe January we’ll be fighting for a bout in Michigan,” he said. “Maybe they’ll give me a fair decision since they robbed me last time. We’ll be training super hard and we won’t put it in the hands of the judges.”
Welterweight AlexMartin improved his record to 4-0 (4 KO’s) with a demonstrative performance against Antione Elerson. The Harvey native won by TKO one second into round 2 when Elerson didn’t answer the bell.
Super lightweight Don Moore also remained undefeated with an impressive first round TKO (1:57) over Reymundo Hernandez in the co-Main Event. Moore (17-0-1, 11 KO’s) overpowered Hernandez as he cruised to the victory.
Kelin Sharp, David Diaz, Felix Abner and Benito Tovar were also victorious in their bouts on Friday night.