Lange and Cabell fight to draw

By Michael Campbell


Lange and Cabell fight to draw

Joe Hensley’s brought world championship boxing to George Mason University’s Patriot Center as area sensation Jimmy Lange faced Fontaine Cabell with the WBC Continental Americas Junior Middleweight Championship at stake.  An official attendance of 5437 watched as legendary trainers, both past and present, urged their fighters on.

Jimmy Lange D12 Fontaine “Flame” Cabell
Lange brought an all-star corner into the contest in the form of trainer Angelo Dundee, assistant Buddy McGirt, and cutman Jimmy Glenn, along with Peter Gallagher and Jackie Kallen nearby to assist.  Lange fought cautiously, utilizing his jab, and focusing on an elusive defensive strategy.  Cabell’s plan was to let Lange lead, and counterpunch his way to victory.  Most rounds were very close to score, with neither fighter significantly hurting the other.  Cabell came in both prepared physically, and well studied, as he withstood Lange’s body attack, and used an effective game plan.  “I saw from his last fight that when he leads with his left jab, his right hand drops, and I wanted to counterpunch that all night,” Cabell said post-fight.

Cabell’s counterpunches were clearly the harder shots landed during the fight, as Lange’s face was bloodied and bruised after the contest, with Cabell’s looking in much better condition.  During the 2nd round, the fighters clashed heads opening a big gash over Lange’s left ear which bled profusely down the fighter’s ear and face.  Cutman Jimmy Glenn proved to be an incredible team asset as the bleeding was stopped between the 2nd and 3rd, and the cut was an afterthought soon afterwards not playing any role the rest of the way.  After the fight, both fighters revealed injured right hands, which limited their attacks.

With the fight very close on all scorecards, Lange attacked aggressively throughout the 12th and final round with Cabell backpedaling.  This would prove significant as it tightened the scores and earned the draw with the cards reading 117-111 Lange, 116-112 Cabell, and 114-114. scored it 115-112 for Lange.

Dean “Pit Bull” White UD8 Dorin “The Pride of Portsmouth” Spivey
In an upset, White avenges a defeat from 1998 in beating the much more heralded Spivey.  With trainer and next year’s Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker pleading for Spivey to use his jab to fight at a distance, White was determined to attack his opponent and fight on the inside in clinches.  “That’s me, I’m the pit bull, I like to fight inside, that’s my game. If I’m on the outside, I’m usually not winning,” he told a gathering of media after his victory.  The ringside judges all scored the contest 77-75 for White, but thought 77-75 for Spivey was more accurate.

Jay “American Dream” Watts TKO1 “The Latin Donkey” JP Flaim
In a special attraction, local radio morning show host, Flaim, inspired by Lange’s ring success, trained for six months to prepare for his boxing debut.  Watts brought a 1-8 record into the contest and did what should be done versus a debuting novice; he applied high pressure with constant punching from the opening bell.  Keeping his punches straight and on the inside, Watts dropped the deejay four times in the opening round before the referee stopped the contest.

Boone Pultz UD6 Alonzo Cutchin
Former WBO Cruiserweight champ, Pultz stepped into the ring for the first time in ten years to face Cutchin, who’s ring activity was similar with only two fights during that same ten year period.  The two fighters combined age of 92 years made for a slow clutch-fest, but Pultz showed he clearly the superior boxing skills in the ring to take the decision by scores of 60-54, 60-54, & 59-55.

Ken Humphrey MD4 Andrew “Doo Man” Farmer 
After two exciting competitive opening rounds, Humphrey dropped Farmer at the end of the 3rd round and then began the 4th with an aggressive attack which he sustained throughout the round to earn a decision and give Farmer his first defeat.  The scores were 38-38, 38-37, & 38-36.

Jaime “Punisher” Palma SD4 Reggie Sanders
Palma improved to 10-10-1 winning narrowly by scores of 39-37, 37-39, & 39-37

Reggie “Concrete” LaCrete UD4 William “Storm” Bailey
Jackie Kallen’s latest prospect picks up his 2nd victory after being stunned in the 1st round by the journeyman Bailey, and then finishing strong to win 39-37 on all three judges’ scorecards.

J.C. “Superstar” Robles TKO2 Dan Sheehan
Robles moves to 5-0 (3 ko’s).