Friday Night Fight Results: Ji-Hoon Kim-Alisher Rahimov Recap
By Aaron Lloyd
May 25, 2012- This week’s installment of Friday Night Fights, broadcasting from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO, ended with a rousing main event, in which South Korean Ji-Hoon Kim was declared the victor over Russian Alisher Rahimov by way of a ten round unanimous decision, 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93. From the opening bell, the fight was contested at an absolutely frantic pace, and the non-stop action kept the ringside reporters scrambling to keep tabs on the round-by-round offensive onslaught. After a while it all became a blur as the two traded leather indiscriminately for ten solid rounds. While Rahimov landed some good solid straight right hands, and did some good work on the inside when he was able, it was Kim who controlled much of the action with his high volume attack, ripping his shorter opponent with good uppercuts and looping hooks. Kim looked sharp and focused early, and he forced Rahimov into uncomfortable territory by apply “pipe busting” pressure. Every time Rahimov found success, Kim was quick to return fire and never allowed the Russian to the opportunity to gain the upper hand. It was back and forth all night as the two stood toe to toe, hitting each other with virtually every punch thrown. When it was all said and done, Kim deserved the decision nod based on his activity and the fact that he landed the harder, cleaner blows during the fight, but Rahimov had his moments, and lost the majority of the rounds by the narrowest of margins.
In the night’s co-feature, Washington heavyweight Vince Thompson improved to (11-0 (2)) after taking a lackluster and uninspired victory over East St. Louis native Joell Godfrey (15-6-1). In what I would call the “Dick Van Patten” fight of the night, “eight was definitely enough” – to lull the fight crowd into a deep and restful sleep that is, as another two rounds would have been far too brutal to bear. At one point a crying baby was the most audible noise emanating from the comatose arena.
As for the action…Thompson bounced in and out and used the jab effectively, but the action was sloppy and very sporadic, drawing boos from half the crowd and zzzzzz’s from the other. The two stood ring center and flicked meaningless and pawing jabs over the first half of the fight, which turned into wrestling and grappling as the fight progressed. Godfrey looked the part, and appeared to have some skill to compliment his “look,” but the activity was nowhere to be found. Thompson was busier during the bouts many “idle” moments and at the conclusion he was awarded the win by scores of 80-72, 80-72, and 78-74; and that’s all I have to say about that.
Going forward, I would say if Thompson or Godfrey’s phone “doesn’t” ring, it will definitely be ESPN calling again.
Jr. Lightweights Samir Simpson-Bey 1-0 (1) vs. Nick Fannin, 0-2
Making his professional debut was St. Louis native Samir Simpson-Bey, who scored a spectacular second round knockout over Kansas City’s Nick Fannin. Simpson-Bey utilized his sizable height and reach advantage to great avail, and despite the aggressive charges of the challenger, was able to land a counter left hook in round one that dropped the visiting fighter onto his back. In round two, it was the same punch that ended the night for Fannin, as he was caught flush once again with another left hook that rendered him unable to continue.
Cruiserweights Ian Warren 2-0 (1) vs. Mitchell Harris 0-2
St.Louis’ Ian Warren kept Lee’s Summit, MO native Mitchell Harris at bay with his jab and lead left hooks, earning a shutout four round decision, 40-36 across the board. In a relatively lackluster affair, it was Warren that stayed busier throughout, outworking Harris with his pawing jab and occasional hook off the jab. Harris hardly seemed a willing participant in fight as Warren doubled him up and kept him on the defensive for much of the four rounds. The final round saw some of the fights’ best action as Warren pursued more purposefully, closed the distance and landed some good body shots.
Heavyweights Tex Trimegistus vs. Brandon McCrary
Also making his pro debut was MMA fighter and St. Louis heavyweight Tex Trimegistus, who defeated Florissant, MO native Brandon McCrary by way of a 3rd round KO. Trimegistus was the busier and more aggressive of the two fighters over the first two and a half rounds, forcing McCrary backwards, and landing frequent straight left hands. McCrary looked out of sorts under pressure, and Trimegistus patiently worked behind the jab, ultimately setting up his big straight left that ended things midway through the third.
Light Heavyweights Ryan Coyne 20-0 (8) vs. Julius Fogle 15-8 (10)
Local Favorite Ryan Coyne entertained the crowd with a thrilling, action packed, eight round decision over North Carolina’s Julius Fogle, by scores of 79-70, 79-70, and 80-68. In a truly “TV worthy” fight, Coyne pressured Fogle, and did some excellent body work, pressuring the visiting fighter and punching in combination effectively on the inside. By the middle rounds it was becoming apparent that Coyne’s body work was taking its toll as Fogle continued to throw and land, but without much force. Coyne showed little respect for Fogle’s punching power in the latter rounds as he continued his forward charge, hammering Fogle against the ropes, ripping him with shots up and down, and scoring an “accumulation” knockdown in the seventh that saw him land between the ropes. Fogle made it to his feet, and narrowly survived the round as the bell sounded. In round eight it was more of the same as Coyne kept the pressure on and floored Fogle twice more before the bout’s conclusion.
In Swing Bout Action:
Welterweights Chris Rapa 6-0 (4) vs. Steve Kollin 2-2 (2)
Undefeated crowd favorite Chris Rapa survived a bit of a test from Arkansas native Steve Kollin, winning a closer than expected majority decision, 40-36, 40-36, 38-38. Rapa used pressure to back his opponent up, and he landed the more effective and telling blows, but he got hit quite a bit in return, showing some vulnerability on the defensive end.
Junior Welterweights Leon Spinks III 2-0 (1) vs. Chavron Spain 0-1
Slick speedster Leon Spinks III won a relatively easy decision in the night’s final bout, taking the four rounder by scores of 40-34 across the board. Spinks started off somewhat cautious and defensive minded, using footwork and head movement to avoid incoming punches, but his offense was limited until the final frame when he scored two knockdowns against his debuting opponent. From the southpaw stance, Spinks eventually delivered some solid combinations, and with help from a vocal crowd yelling “it’s in the blood,” Spinks was able to channel the spirits of his famous ring relatives to get the victory.