Hard Knocks Fight Promotions staged another great show in Kalispell, Montana October 28th when Patrick Ferguson (9-0 9K0) knocked out Damon Reed (48-19 32KO) in round 4 for the WBC-USNBC title in the action-packed main event. Hard Knocks was started by boxer Jesse Uhde to keep boxing alive in the Flathead Valley. This was their 6th event.

Montana has been struggling to reinstate boxing. Some good and dedicated people have been attempting to hold shows, not always with success. Within the last few months some big changes have occurred. A show a month ago went flawlessly. The big show in Kalispell by Jesse Uhde was just as good. Weigh-ins were on time, all necessary paperwork completed, and the fighter meeting was a work of beauty. The fights were all entertaining and the event was as a smooth as skipping a stone across Flathead Lake.

Part of the change is the result of attempting to form a legitment boxing commission. To this end the ABC has been sending in Jim Grow, a representative from Idaho to oversee all activities. Jim has been in the business a long time and knows everything there is to know about the legalities of putting on a show. He will work with the new comission until they can ride without training wheels. 

Patrick Ferguson     VS    Damon Reed

Damon Reed entered the ring with a face full of smiles and left with a stomach full of dents. Ferguson, whose expression never changes, looked as cool as an ice cube in the Arctic. Reed is a tough competitor and, with 32 KOs to his credit, a hard banger. He has fought for both world heavyweight and and cruiserweight titles and been in with the such greats as James Toney, Hasim Rahman, and Deontay Wilder. No one battered him as much as did Ferguson. Starting in the 3rd round, Ferguson continued to send him to the canvass. Any other fighter would have called it a night but Reed is not any other fighter. His heart dragged him to his feet after every knock down. After tumbling several more times in the 4th round he seemed finally unable to rise and the referee, who had been doing an excellent job all night, stopped the fight. After the fight Reed said that Ferguson was the hardest puncher he had ever faced. WBC-USNBC representative Carlos de-la Cruz presented the belt.

Ferguson, although looking great, is not without faults. His footwork remains suspect and he continues to be more of a plodder than a dancer. That is not necessarily a problem since his balance remains good although his chances to appear on "Dances With the Stars" are greatly diminished. His hands are not particularly fast. Rocky Marciano was slow of foot and hands. He made up for it with his determination and power.  Ferguson's left jab is looking particularly good but he is slow to bring it back, something he needs to correct. 


Patrick Ferguson VS Damon Reed

Feguson took a giant step up against seasoned veteran Damon Reed in the Main Event at the Majestic Valley Arena in Kailspell, Montana. Ferguson, possibly the best prospect in the Northwest, prefers talking with his fists rather than his voice. Any attempted interview will be met with silence. Not a problem. Ferguson is surrounded by two of the biggest windbags in boxing: trainer Chauncy “Puffball” Welliver and manager Ray “Typhoon” Frye.

Welliver is always ready to quote his favorite presidents: “I am not a crook,” and “I never had sex with that woman.” Welliver, is a jovial gasbag and former heavyweight champion. He has never had the wind knocked out of him. Once he springs a leak by opening his mouth, it is difficult to plug it up again. His mouth ran super laps after Ferguson’s win over Reed. “Reed, with 73 pro fights is a real pro and our 9 win fighter bounced him off the canvass like a basketball.” There was some truth to the statement. Ferguson knocked Reed to the dirt 4 times in the 3rd round and three more times in the 4th before the fight was stopped by TKO.

Ray Frye, a more vicious and deadly squall, said, “We’re out there fighting seasoned pros for championship titles while other Washington crusierweights are playing patty-cake with local beanbags.” Frye was obviously referring to Marquis Weston, another top prospect who, on the same night, fought a 3-0 opponent in Washington. Frye is the Lewis Black of boxing managers, a straight-shooter who makes Don King seem almost mute. “That bag of bones, Weston, has never been in a fight,” he said. “His manager is afraid he might get hurt. I say get some guts.” Frye does not think Weston will take the fight. “No guts, no sassuage.”

If Weston does take the fight Frye might be surprised. Weston is a formitable contender and not to be taken lightly. He is another top prospect in the Northwest with plenty of skills that improve with each fight. He is afraid of no one.

“I’m not worried,” said Frye. “A tall tree grows no coconuts. The only reason we want the fight is to sweep up the trash in the Northwest.” Frye is not concerned with Weston’s skills. “The only skills he has are running and holding.”

Frye says Ferguson winning his first title makes his work harder. “No one will fight us. We have to start looking under logs for opponents.”

 

Jesse Uhde by UD over Jacob Ruffin


Uhde had his hands full with Ruffin. Although Ruffin has been out of the ring for 10 years, he didn't look it. He started by moving well and fast and continuing to frustrate Uhde. What he failed to do was to throw punches. Uhde chased him all over the ring. When Uhde threw punches, Ruffin was often not there. He managed to land enough blows to easily win the first 3 rounds.

By the 4th round Ruffin started answering back and Uhde started to tire. The fact Uhde could fight at all was remarkable. As the promoter he had his hands full pulling off a successful show. Right up until his bout he was working on the promotion.

Uhde started catching shots in the 5th round and by the 6th he was totally exhausted. Ruffin took both the 5th and 6th rounds. Had the fight been an 8 rounder, Ruffin might had pulled off an upset.

 

Tavorus Teague by TKO over Sean Quinnett


Teague put a downright whipping on the outclassed Quinnett. Quinnett, usually a decent opponent, could never get off as he ate punches like a starving man at a free buffet. Teague knocked him from corner to corner. At 2:36 of the 2nd round the referee wisely stopped the fight after Teague knocked his head back between his shoulder blades. Quinnett left the ring whinging and moaning about the stoppage. He should have thanked the referee for saving his life.

Kenny Guzman by UD over Gabriel Braxton


For two rounds this was a great fight. Braxton was slick and fast and Guzman was determined. The number one reason a fighter loses a fight is due to conditioning. So it was with Braxton. He might not have won, anyway, but he had no chance by the end of the 2nd round. He was totally exhausted. From that point he used what remaining strength he had to run away. Unfortunately for him, Guzman remained relentless.

Jaime Miranda by TKO over Dennis Creason


Miranda was a steamroller as he blacktopped Creason in short order. Creason did the best he could but it was not good enough. After a dozen hard shots Creason decided to fight another day. Another great stoppage buy the referee. Miranda looked good andcontinues to move ahead.

PARTY TIME!!!!

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