Fighters claim three title belts

Posted: Thursday, March 04, 2004

Three local pugilists earned Juneau Fight Club titles during the Fight Night Boxing show held Friday at Centennial Hall.

Anthony Manacio III of Juneau gave up more than 20 pounds per bout, but still managed to claim decisions over Asher Townsend and Shaun Beaird en route to winning the men's lightweight title. Beaird qualified for the title fight with a split decision over Wayne "Fu" Smallwood of Juneau (all other hometowns are Juneau, unless noted).

In the men's middleweight division, Anthony "Hoonah Hooligan" Lindoff claimed the title with a split decision over Ketchikan's Tyson Duckworth. In the preliminary round, Lindoff beat Randy Willard by a technical knockout, while Duckworth earned a unanimous decision over Chuck "Iceman" McCracken.

The other title went to event promoter Jamiann "HiBeam" Stevens, who won a split decision over Jill Larna of Ketchikan in the women's featherweight title bout. Stevens, who is the sergeant of arms for the state senate during the day, also runs Stevens Promotions, which hosted Friday's event.

The rest of the night was filled with non-title heavyweight and super heavyweight bouts.

In the main event, Gabe "Steel" Duckworth of Ketchikan defeated Hector Marrero by a unanimous decision. In the other bouts, rookie Josh Dutton won by a TKO over Mike "Rock" Grovell; Terry Powers defeated Tyson Hancok of Ketchikan (decision type not announced) and Dennis "Ruckover" Riley claimed a split decision over Toni Talamai.

The next Fight Night Boxing event takes place on Friday, March 26, at Centennial Hall. Tickets go on sale starting two weeks before the event at both Hearthside Books locations and downtown at the Imperial Saloon.

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