Float like a Butterbean - Sting like a flea - Welliver’s back in action - Come and see 

Heavyweight Chauncy Welliver emerged from retirement to bring the Snoozerweight class back to life at the Coeur d’Alene Casino “House of Fury” fights October 13th by beating tough undefeated Eric Hempstead (8-0-0 8KO) from Montana. Boxing Prospects rates Welliver and Hempstead as the two top heavyweights in the Northwest in a field of bran muffins and soiled diapers. (Number 3 on the list, Elvis Garcia, is 1-0) The Northwest has a remarkable shortage of heavyweights. WallMart has more potential prospects at the cosmetics counter than are present in the gyms. 

Welliver is past his sell-by date but he knows no other way to earn a living. He wants to top off his career by getting into decent enough shape to go get at least one more decent payday. He lost 50 pounds for the bout but, at 330 pounds, needs to lose another 1000. He would also like to fight a former world champion like James Tony.  A few good shots to the head by Tony could put Welliver on Pablum Street where he might spend his remaining days drooling into bowls of Gerber oatmeal. No one wants to see that happen to such a beloved fighter. He has always taken a decent punch and is too tough for his own good. He refuses to go down, has the heart of a champion and has always been a crowd pleaser. Welliver is willing to take the chance.

The sold-out and anxious crowd gave Welliver a standing ovation as he danced his way to the ring with his daughter on his shoulders. He looked ready to make his comeback.

Welliver came out strong in the opening round against Eric Hempstead. Hempstead is a Montana cowboy and has wrestled more than his share of bulls to the ground. He is not afraid of pushing a buffalo like Welliver around. Welliver wanted to make a statement and end the fight early. Ten rounds is a long way to carry that much fat. Hempstead refused to cooperate. “Chauncy and I are old friends,” he said. “I was not going to give him the satisfaction of knocking me out.” Hempstead, who gave up boxing six months ago, took the fight on four days notice when Welliver’s scheduled opponent backed out.

The fight was grueling and brutal from the beginning. Hempstead was dropped in round 2 but refused to stay there. By round 4 both boxers were ready to collapse from exhaustion. In order to conserve energy they hugged from time-to-time, then banged away. Welliver took the decision. 

Sean Quinnett 5-3-0 vs Santos Pakau 28-8-2

Sean Quinnett is becoming a regular piece of furniture in the Northwest with mixed results. When Santos Pakau decided to swing through Idaho from New Zealand, on his way to AARP headquarters, Quinnett decided have a go at the old timer. After all, Pakau has mostly fought New Zealanders and that is not always a great indication of skill. Of his 8 loses, seven have occurred in the U.S. Toss in the fact that Pakau has not fought since 2013 and Quinnett thought he had a sure thing against a tough opponent. And he did. Pakau proved to be no pushover. The action was non-stop. Sean “Grasshopper” Quinnett burned enough energy to  light New York at Christmas. If he stopped jumping around and channeled that energy to his fists he would be a harder puncher.


Patrick Ferguson 13-0-1 vs Miguel Cubos 11-18-0

Miguel Cubos lost a UD 6 rounder to Patrick Ferguson several months ago in Arizona. To be sure the loss was not a fluke he decided to have another go in a cooler climate. The loss was not a fluke. There is no reason at this stage in their careers for fighters to have a rematch. They both had their chance. If they advance to the big leagues, a rematch can often bring big money, the only reason to fight. Money at this level of fighting won’t buy beer and a meal. Ferguson’s manager, “Battling” Ray Frye, wanted another opponent. None could be found. Ferguson is in that limbo stage where he is just good enough to scare everyone else away. Money aside, the boys put up an entertaining fight and it gave them something to do before anything lucrative comes along. Cubos is obviously crazy. He likes being hit. He uses his head like a battering ram. Ferguson never lost his cool and brought in another win.

Andre Keys 8-1-0 vs Lionel Jimenez 5-24-1

Andre Keys is a quiet, unassuming fighter who sneaks up on an opponent before he knows what is happening. The tactic is not difficult against an opponent like Jimenez who entered the ring wearing pajamas and bedroom slippers. All Keys had to do was turn out the lights. Jimenez is a certified opponent - that’s boxing lingo for loser. He fulfilled his contract by walking into the ring and put no effort into the bout other than lean against the ropes, cover up, and wait for the time to pass. Any punch thrown on his part was purely by accident. He might have been trying to surrender but putting up both arms took too much effort. He recently fought Stephen Villalobos in Portland, Oregon, and had fans running for airsick bags. He must be a cheep date or promoters would not use him since he is obviously a liability and is unlikely to increase ticket sales in the future, even if they are free, although a smart businessman could make a fortune selling air fresheners during the bout. This says nothing about Keys who should be treated with more respect. He is off to a decent start. If he wants to continue his career he deserves better opponents, opponents from whom he can learn and help improve his skills. He learns less from an opponent like Jimenez than he would from punching a heavy bag. Of course, if you hit a heavy bag hard enough, it will swing back. Keys was kind enough to take out Jimenez early. 

Kadin Lecoure 2-0-0 vs Dennis Hallman 1-2-0

Kadin Lecoure is building a small following in the Northwest. His straight ahead, bone breaking style is  fan favorite. He used that energy to extinguish the flickering flame of Hallman.

New Zealander Craig Thompson flew across he Pacific Ocean for a 4 rounder with tough but defenseless Rubin Roundstone. Thompson is a promoter but enjoys an occasional scrap. When is opponent dropped out Roundstone stepped in at the last minute. Driving from eastern Montana the day of the weigh-in proved more difficult. First he ran out of gas, then his car hit a deer. Last year, in his first pro fight, he was a last minute replacement for KO artist Patrick Ferguson. Within minutes Ferguson bent is body into a question mark with a hard right. Any other fighter would have stayed down for the count. Roundstone got up only to be flattened, this time for good, with another body shot. If nothing else he has determination. Thompson put him down twice with just as many punches. A rolling stone gathers no moss although it can occasionally pick up a paycheck.

Billy Wagner Debut vs Andrew Whitfield 1-0-0

In the best action packed fight of the night, Wagner bounced Whitfield off the canvass like a basketball. The knockdowns were not devastating and were due more to Whitfield being off balance than being injured.

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