House of Fury presents fights honoring the great Moe Smith

Boxing’s House of Fury, at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Woorly, Idaho, is again open for business. The House of Fury was once the home of Promoter Moe Smith and staged some of the best fights outside of Vegas. Fight fans were saddened at the death of Smith, but equally sad at the loss of a great boxing venue.

 

The casino is a lovely funhouse located in the middle of nowhere along Highway 95 22 miles from Coeur d’Alene. It has grown from a tent to a modern and first-class gambling spot and resort. Their golf course is one of the best in the Northwest and the food, from several restaurants, is fantastic.

 

The event center is perfect for boxing. Although fights on Thursdays are not the best day to stage any kind of event, fans still turned out in numbers. The excitement was electric. As Sylvia Little Bear said, “We once had the best fights in the Northwest. We hope to have them again.”

 

If the night’s event was any indication, they have already come close. A packed house: decent fights, knockouts, one great bout, and a pathetic stinker, everything a card should offer.

Patrick Ferguson UD over Mario Munoz - WBC/NABC title

 

The main event between Patrick Ferguson (10-0-1) and Mario Munoz (12- 4- 1) was a total slugfest. With 10 knockouts under his belt, 4 against opponents with winning records, Ferguson has been slowly establishing himself as one of the top cruiserweight contenders in the Northwest. The only blemish on his record, if it can be considered a blemish, was his draw against 12-0-0 Abraham Tabul for the WBO Africa Cruiserweight title in Africa. With his win against Munoz, a rematch with Tabul is in the works.

Munoz had something to prove. A win over Ferguson would have put him back in the picture. He is a no-nonsense banger who only moves in one direction - forward. His last fight was a KO against tough Jim Franklin that started his comeback.                  

He has a chin of granite and has never been knocked out. He walks through punches like an icebreaker ploughs through the Artic. He leaves a wake of destruction everywhere he moves: teeth here, broken noses there, fractured jaws elsewhere, and cuts and bruises everywhere. He is so feared that finding opponents is difficult. A call from him sends them scrambling to hide out behind the sofa or to pack their bags hoping to find a fight in backwoods Vermont against midgets or maple syrup candied figures.

Kansas is his home where evil winds bend prairie grasses into the soil and cattle drives once deposited their loads of meat as cowhands ripped apart towns and could only be tamed by the likes of Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok, both rank amateurs in the fight game as compared to Munez. When Munez says there are no guns allowed in town, he means none but his two .44 magnums. He likes a fight and he comes to fight.

He planned on walking over Ferguson as he would have a piece of chewed gum. A bit of the gum might cling to his shoe, but that is easily scraped off and he was determined to leave Ferguson stuck on the pavement, chewed, beaten, and unable to move.

The proof is always in the ring. He wanted to give Ferguson, if not a beating, at least a punch in the nose. Ferguson has been punched in the nose before. Big Deal.

In what was the best fight in the Northwest this year, the two men refused to give an inch. Ferguson showed skills not seen by him before: more movement, better combinations, pulling his left back quicker and keeping it higher, all good stuff. It seemed as if any desultory punches had been left in the past. All blows were deliberate and mostly accurate.

You don't get a great fight without a decent opponent. Munoz was all of that, and more. He might have gotten disheartened and simply laid down, collected his money, and left, especially in the 3rd round. He took a body shot at the end of the round that sounded throughout the event center like a thunderclap. No way. Like Ferguson, he is a warrior. He fought, and fought hard, right to the final bell.

Ferguson continues to march up the ladder. He most resembles Rocky Marciano and he would do well to watch every fight Rocky had. The biggest difference between them is that Ferguson is much more accurate than Marciano. They have the same heart and the same clumsy and plodding style. Neither man is, or was, a dancer unless one considers a wrecking ball graceful. 

The biggest International fight of his life may be coming soon. For now the details are quiet, just like the dignified and discreet Ferguson.

 

Andre Keys by KO over Shawn Harwood

You always get a good fight with Andre Keys. This night was no exception. Harwood was so overmatched he resembled a boy scout on the Russian Front. He was game enough, just not skilled enough. Keys put him down twice in the 2nd round then after a few hard shots, the referee, who apparently did not know the rules used during the match, gave him a standing 8 count. It was just as well. The fight was stopped shortly afterwards.

Kadin Lecoure by SD over Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons turned out to be a real surprise. Let's say he is not loaded with boxing finesse. In fact, we might even say he has none while Lecoure, although new to the game, has a nice set developing skills. After the first round one wouldn't have given Simmons a chance. They would have been mistaken.

Although Lecoure was all over him in the first round, and quite often afterwards, every time one thought Simmons was finished, he came back. And he returned hard. He simply refused to quit. What should have been a terrible fight, turned out to be the second best fight of the night.

Sean Quinnett by MD over Kevin Davila

Many people thought Quinnet was finished after his last fight, a TKO loss to a man with a record of something like 1-210-0. But on this night he fooled everyone. Davila is a nice little fighter the size of Micky Rooney. In the beginning, Quinnett was all over him. Davila seldom fired back. That probably cost him the fight. Quinnett remained relentless, moving forward, sliding from side to side, firing as often as he could. It was a fun fight had by all and Quinnett does not have to think of quitting. He still has some steam left.

Craig Thompson by KO over Dennis Hallman

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