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Everybody Wins At Fight Night 2012

Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—There are certain annual rituals that make living in the cesspool that governs our nation almost tolerable.

For yours truly, Fight Night 2012 at the Washington Hilton is one of them. Thursday night was long set aside for the Fight for Children benefit, and no storm was going to stop the first edition since founder Joe Robert Jr.'s passing. So I joined hundreds of other local gentlemen that dusted off their tuxes, shined their shoes, and fired up their stogies for a night of the Sweet Science.

A solid three-bout card fully sanctioned by the D.C. Commission provided fewer thrills than expected, but solid action. In a departure from recent years, the audience actually stuck around to watch the fights. Arlington junior welterweight Bayan Jargal (above) stopped the badly shopworn Eric Aiken in the main event to earn this year’s Fight for Children belt. The Mongolian Mongoose was simply too big and strong for the undersized Aiken, who should hang up his gloves. 

Staff favorite Jerry Forrest (above) had more trouble with Brice Ritani, who proved unexpectedly resilient in the face of Forrest’s heavy punches. Ritani went the distance, testament to his Kiwi toughness. But Forrest swept the cards, and seemed happy with his second career win afterward.

Preview: Jerry Forrest Returns At Fight Night 2012

Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

Thursday marks one of my favorite events of the year: Fight Night 2012 at the Washington Hilton, which benefits Fight for Children. This will be my third year covering the black tie event, and the first I won’t have to pull double duty for The Hill. Fortunately, that means I’ll be able to devote my full attention to covering the best fight card they’ve had in recent memory.

The main event was supposed to pit Arlington junior welterweight Bayan Jargal against Lonnie “El Negro Mexicano” Smith, but Smith has reportedly gone AWOL. Jargal is still scheduled to fight, likely against the kind of short-notice opposition that shouldn’t pose too much trouble. The Mongolian native has a granite chin and plenty of heart, but lost three straight fights before taking almost a year off and returning with a win earlier this month. Hopefully he spent that time in the gym refining his offense, rather than soul-searching.

More exciting for our readers is the news both light heavyweight Greg Newby of the Lime Lite All-Stars and heavyweight Jerry Forrest will fight for the second time professionally. Newby will take on Baltimore’s Tacuna Farmer, who is making his pro debut, while Forrest will face the 3-0-1 (3 KOs) Brice Ritani of Las Vegas. Newby has had a couple fights fall through lately, while Forrest’s difficulty finding opponents is well-documented. Nothing is guaranteed is boxing, but Fight Night is about as first-class as such events get. Hopefully the fights will take place, even though in truth, the crowd barely notices.