Sunday, May 13, 2018

Harris, Gaines Score Knockout Victories In Sterling; Davis, Olave Battle To Majority Draw!

Two members of the Headbangers camp scored knockout victories after long absences Saturday night during the T.A.C. Promotions card at the Michael and Son Sportsplex at Dulles in Sterling, VA.

In the feature bout, undefeated Hyattsville, MD super lightweight Patrick "YG Pat" Harris won by third-round TKO over veteran Rynell Griffin of New Orleans, LA.  Despite being out of action since August of 2017, Harris was very active throughout the bout, landing hard shots to the head and body. Harris improved his onslaught such that referee Mark D'Antillo was forced to stop the contest at 1:07 of the third.   Harris is now 13-0, eight KO's.  Griffin falls to 8-37-2, two KO's.

Harris's Headbanger gym mate Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines of District Heights, MD came back after an almost two-year absence and put on a solid performance stopping Johnny Frazier of Las Vegas, NV at the end of the first round.  Gaines, who over the last two years, has been shot and battled a non-small cell form of lung cancer, was very effective, landing crushing body shots that sent Frazier on his back foot the entire round.  Frazier was able to survive the round without being knocked down but the corner did not let him come out for the second round.  Despite his absence, Gaines now has a five-bout winning streak and is now 9-2, three KO's.  Frazier drops to 2-31-4, two KO's, one NC.

In the opening bout, Arlington, VA middleweight Javon Davis and Alexander "Suave" Olave of Manassas, VA fought to a four-round majority draw.  Both men were somewhat awkward in the contest.  Davis seemed to get out to an early lead, landing the harder shots in the first couple of rounds.  However, Olave, who was making his pro debut, stayed in the pocket and was able to land great shots in the latter stages of the bout.  One judge, Lisa Cuellar, scored the bout for Olave, 39-37.  However, judges Scott Foster and Brian Costello saw a draw at 38-38.  Davis, who was boxing for the first time since making his pro debut in 2016, is now 1-0-1, one KO.

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