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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.

WBA light heavyweight beltholder Beibut Shumenov (right) was too big, too strong, and too young for Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago in Las Vegas Friday night on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate. Shumenov outclassed his 38-year-old opponent for eight rounds before stopping him in the 9th with a vicious flurry of heavy shots that shattered Santiago’s guard.
The former Kazakh Olympian hardly looked fatigued afterward while accepting a challenge from recently dethroned world champ Jean Pascal and proclaiming himself for anyone and everyone at 175 lbs.
“I didn’t count the punches,” Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) said after the fight, “but I could have thrown more.”
Vegas native and owner of one of the best nicknames in boxing Lonnie “El Negro Mexicano” Smith used his right hand to open a nasty cut on the left eye of Tijuana native Eduardo Arcos that forced the doctor to end the fight after the 3rd round on the televised undercard. Another super featherweight contest followed with Joel Diaz Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) overpowering Esteban Nichol in the 1st.
Photo by Alex Salahi

WBA light heavyweight beltholder Beibut Shumenov (right) was too big, too strong, and too young for Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago in Las Vegas Friday night on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate. Shumenov outclassed his 38-year-old opponent for eight rounds before stopping him in the 9th with a vicious flurry of heavy shots that shattered Santiago’s guard.

The former Kazakh Olympian hardly looked fatigued afterward while accepting a challenge from recently dethroned world champ Jean Pascal and proclaiming himself for anyone and everyone at 175 lbs.

“I didn’t count the punches,” Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) said after the fight, “but I could have thrown more.”

Vegas native and owner of one of the best nicknames in boxing Lonnie “El Negro Mexicano” Smith used his right hand to open a nasty cut on the left eye of Tijuana native Eduardo Arcos that forced the doctor to end the fight after the 3rd round on the televised undercard. Another super featherweight contest followed with Joel Diaz Jr. (5-0, 4 KOs) overpowering Esteban Nichol in the 1st.

Photo by Alex Salahi