Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge fell on Friday the 13th, eerily surrounded by a glowing full moon and the Augustine Volcano eruption.
The eruption about 200 miles south of Anchorage forced a change in the main event, as powerful Julio "The Haitian Sensation" Gregorie faced a substitute. Gregorie's original opponent, Johnny Totten, was unable to fly out of Anchorage due to the ash-filled sky.
Randy "Hard Rock" Edenshaw filled in for Totten in the headliner. Gregorie turned "Hard Rock" into a rolling stone, knocking him down twice in the first round with his signature right haymaker. Edenshaw said his strategy was, "straight luck." His luck ran out in the second round, however, when he was knocked down for a third time and retired.
The night started out with first-time fighter Ryan Ruby decisively defeating Bill Hunter by technical knockout in the first round.
Next, Tim Peele, fighting for the first time in Juneau, retired from his fight against "Jessiah the Messiah" Baker when he suffered a shoulder injury in the first round.
The fight card gained momentum after these quick, initial fights.
In a thrilling rematch, Cheri Phillips defeated Jamiann Hasselquist for the second time in a row via decision.
Tim Tong took on 55-year-old boxing veteran Wayne "Fu" Smallwood but got pummeled early in the match. Smallwood ended up winning by unanimous decision.
Shawn "The Comeback Kid" Beaird defeated Mike "The Wrench" Morris via decision in an exciting, high-energy lightweight battle.
Heavyweight Walter "The Showstoppa" Brown defeated first-time fighter Darren "Lights Out" Wigg in another close bout, where both fighters traded blows to the head.
In the other female fight, 21-year-old Leslie Lozada of Juneau defeated Jennifer Ann Jimboy, 22, via decision.
First-time fighter Fred "The Moose" Woolever let loose on Kyle Nalan, who was looking for his first win. Nalan said his strategy was to "keep swinging," but Woolever dodged Nalan's shots and came up with the win.
The next Roughhouse card will be on Feb. 17
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