Houghtaling triumphs in Saratoga


Houghtaling triumphs in Saratoga

Micah Yonkoski and Randy Wright @ ringside

Frank Houghtaling W10 Shakha Moore... In the main event in front of a sold-out crowd in Saratoga New York, Frank Houghtaling from nearby Albany won a unanimous decision over Shakha Moore. Houghtaling, 19-9-5, sent Moore, 9-9-3, to the canvas in the seventh round en route to a victory by scores of 100-89 (twice) and 99-90. In a sign of how desperate sanctioning bodies are becoming to collect fees,  the IBC sanctioned this as a welterweight title bout even though it was only a ten rounder.

Tony Marshall TKO7 Avtandil Khurtsidze... Veteran Tony Marshall had enough left in the tank to score a come-from-behind stoppage of previously unbeaten Avtandil Khurtsidze in Saratoga, New York. Marshall, who challenged for a junior middleweight title in 2000, hadn't fought since losing to Fernando Vargas in 2003.  Now a middleweight, Marshall won only one round on one judge's scorecard but he dropped Khurtsidze once in the seventh of a scheduled eight rounder.  It was effective body punching that caused the knockdown and led to Marshall's first win since early 2003. He improves his record to 37-12-6 while Khurtsidze falls to 6-1-2.

Other results: Undefeated heavyweight Shannon Miller won a six-round decision against Corey Gregory. It was Miller's second win over Gregory and it propelled him to 11-0 overall... Cory Jones, an amateur standout from Brooklyn, turned pro with a four-round win over Scott Neblett, also making his pro debut.