The Ketchikan boxing brothers Gabe and Tyson Duckworth were the featured attraction for last weekend’s Roughhouse Fridays at Marlintini’s Lounge.
Looking a little above their fighting weight, due to holiday entertaining, the duo still provided the most entertainment inside the ring on the night.
Gabe, age 29, standing 6-foot-four and weighing 250-pounds, put his 26-5 record to the test against Anchorage’s Orlando “Young Raws” Laws (16-13), 29, 6-foot-5, and 195-pounds.
“I have to admit, when he entered the ring and I saw him over there with almost no body fat, I was a little intimidated,” Duckworth said. “My corner and I have been working on beating the other fighter to the punch and, most importantly, staying busy in these shorter fights.”
Duckworth used his reach to snap some jabs at the advancing Laws, and his power to push him against the ropes if the Anchorage fighter started to unload combinations.
“When he came out and connected with his first couple one, two’s, I was impressed at both his speed and power,” Duckworth said. “Luckily, he started to shy away from my power and was less and less willing to mix it up as the fight went on.”
Laws unwillingness was due to the fact that Duckworth landed a few early shots to the body and to the side of his opponent’s defensive gloves. The heavy leather made the Anchorage fighter wary in one of the blows connected. In round two Duckworth unloaded a chopping blow to Law’s head and pinned him to the ropes on two occasions, while Laws landed a couple of combinations to his opponents face. In round three Duckworth was able to unload multiple upper cuts and over hand rights that hurt Laws. Laws would counter but did not land any scoring hits. When the bell sounded both fighters collapsed in a congratulatory hug in the center of the ring.
“Orlando couldn’t have been a better opponent for me just returning to the ring in Juneau,” Duckworth said. “The fight was action packed. Every fighter will tell you, after you give each other the best you got in the ring and you are both still standing, you are pretty much instant friends.”
Tyson Duckworth (33-6), 31, 165-pounds lost a tight decision to Juneau’s Cody “Mr. Steal” Rice (15-7-1), 23, 170-pounds.
Both fighters were in the unorthodox southpaw style and were content to jab and stick, then clutch if the heat was to fast.
Rice proved to be as hard as the sheetrock he packs for a living and landed more punches. While Duckworth seemed to try and look off the blows, they took a toll in the final round as Rice won the crowd and the judges.
“We have only had a couple weeks of light sparring,” Gabe Duckworth said. “I was 300-pounds in October and have been running every other day for the past two months, playing basketball six times a week, and sparring two times a week.”
The only fight with as much excitement as the Duckworth’s lasted just half a round as Hawaii’s Chance “Bubba” Galletes, 19, 212-pounds bloodied Hoonah’s Robert Beltz, 25, 192-pounds in an MMA match.
Other action saw Joey Chairs (1-0), 23, 204-pounds, wear his wicked smiley face shirt into the ring and take out crowd favorite Charlie Gallant, 22, 192-pounds. Chairs was too tall and too strong for Gallant and had him pinned to the ropes throughout the three-round decision.
Hoonah’s William Milton (1-1), 18, 165-pounds, won a three-round decision (with boos) over Juneau National Guardsman Brice Harvey (1-1), 19, 164-pounds.
Kake’s Martin Pate, 25, 160-pounds, won an MMA bout against Idaho’s Tony Temanson, 24, 161-pounds, with a rear-naked-choke in the first minute of action.
Juneau’s Anthony Barril, 21, 204-pounds, stopped Hoonah’s Shawn Sheakley, 33, 292-pounds, just 55 seconds into round two.
Needing his knife back from the pawnshop, Juneau’s Wayne Fu, 61, 155-pounds, won a decision over Hoonah’s Casey Yakovich, 21, 155-pounds.
The “big” attraction of the night was the bouncer bash between Viking Bar’s bouncer Mike Gallo, 40, 199-pounds, and Marlintini’s own Darrell Jerue, 42, 245-pounds. Jerue was too much to handle and the referee stopped the bout in round one.
The next Roughhouse at Marlintini’s is Feb. 24.