Daniel "The Animal" Fink solidified his role as one of the top heavyweight contenders for April's Southeast Showdown with a knockout victory over Byron "Machine Gun" Jack in the main event of last week's Roughhouse Friday boxing event at Marlintini's Lounge.
After a near-even first round with both fighters landing solid blows, Fink threw a haymaker midway through the second round that sent Jack to the canvas.
"It was a rough battle. In the first round, I had a heck of a time keeping up with him," Fink said. "He got tired and when his arms got soft he opened up and I let him have a haymaker."
Jack, who was knocked unconscious, fell backwards into the ropes and it was several minutes before he was able to stand on his own power.
"I never knocked anybody out like that before," Fink said. "It was kind of scary."
In the women's main event, Edna "Wildflower" Abbott won a split decision over Denise Bennett. Both women battled hard with each fighter landing several blows.
In the end, Abbott was more effective with her punches and it gave her the edge to the dismay of the pro-Bennett crowd.
"That was a really close fight - the closest I've ever had," Abbott said.
The Southeast Showdown, the last Roughhouse boxing event of the season, will take place April 8-9 at Marlintini's Lounge.
In other Roughhouse Friday action:
Julio "The Haitian Sensation" Gregoire won an overwhelming unanimous decision over journeyman fighter Rudy Vonda in a lightweight match.
Hoonah's Anthony Lindoff scored a unanimous decision over Sean "The Comeback Kid" Beaird.
Dave "Caveman" Evenson won a decision over Kenneth "The Tlingit" Willard.
Matthew Strickland knocked out Darell "Drop the Bomb" Braman just 24 seconds into the second round.
Two-time Southeast Showdown lightweight champion J.R. Diamond came out of retirement to win a decision over Marcus Ulery.
In the early women's bout, Tracy Ward won a split decision over Phillis Mills.
Josh "The Unknown" Hintermeister won a decision over Mike "The Wrench" Morris.
Alper Johnson of Hoonah won a technical knockout 40 seconds into the first round over Roger "The Killer Cowboy" Sharp.
Tyler "Durdi" Johnson won a decision over Bill Hunter.