SALT LAKE CITY (August 18, 2007) – A vintage double left hook to the head gave David “Tuaman” Tua an impressive first round knockout victory against Saul “La Cobra” Montana in tonight’s main event on the Pinnacle FiteNite pay-per-view show, promoted by C.A.M. Boxing, Inc. in association with Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. and Gotham Boxing, at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.
Article posted on 19.08.2007
“Pinnacle FiteNite” is a pro boxing pay-per-view series emanating for a wide variety of venues across the county.
Tua (48-3-1, 40 KOs), ranked No. 13 by the WBC, unleashed his lethal left hook on Montana (48-15, 42 KOs), positioning himself closer to another world title fight. “I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Tua said after the fight. “I was never gone and this was not a comeback fight. This time I was able to train to fight, not train to lose weight. I hope to soon get an opportunity to fight for the world title.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten Israeli heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg (26-0, 18 KOs), fighting out of England, extended his win streak to 26, stopping former WBO heavyweight title challenger “Dangerous” Damon Reed (43-12, 30 KOs) when referee Jonathan Tuero halted the bout 43 seconds into the ninth round. Greenberg unloaded in the eighth rebound dropping Reed three times, although one was ruled a slip, and the action ended at 43 seconds of the ninth when Reed took a knee again for the third straight time in the fight (twice in the 8th).
“It took a little longer than I would have liked,” Greenberg remarked, “but I hadn’t fought for a while (5 months). I wasn’t sure what was going on in the eighth round (knockdown ruled a slip). I saw that I could break him down with body shots (left hooks).”
Former WBO heavyweight title challenger Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams (42-5-1, 35 KOs), fighting as a cruiserweight for the first time, won an exciting eight-round split decision versus Salt Lake City favorite Gary “Pit Bull” Gomez (18-9-1, 7 KOs). “I’m back,” Williams noted. “I felt good. It was my first fight back (after 2 ˝ years of inactivity). Remember, I will be the cruiserweight champion of the world.”
Undefeated New York City prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (14-0, 12 KOs) opened the PPV show with a knockout at 1:38 of the opening round against Mexican super middleweight Jose Humberto “Olimpico” Corrall (10-6, 7 KOs). “I threw some chocolate bombs,” Quillin said. “Coming off this win we’re looking for bigger and better things.”
Mexican junior welterweight Braulio Lopez (6-5-1, 1 KO), fighting out of Oregon, won a six-round split decision against Utah veteran Justo Sanchez (17-22-1, 0 KOs), of Howell (UT), Las Vegas high-profile defense attorney Marc “The Defender” Saggese (3-0, 3 KOs) blasted out cruiserweight Trevor Pasha (0-3) 40 seconds into the first round, Utah welterweight Miguel Beltran won his pro debut via a fourth-round unanimous decision against Martin Vierra (2-2, 1 KO), Chris Fernandez (13-3, 7 KOs) won a slugfest by four-round decision versus Willie Walton (2-1, 1 KO) in a battle of Salt Lake City welterweights.
HEAVYWEIGHTS: David Tua, 237 1/2 lbs., South Auckland, New Zealand via Samoa
WKO1 (2:15) Saul Montana, 242 lbs., Los Cabos, Mexico; Roman Greenberg, 231 ˝ lbs., Finchley, England via Israel and Russia WTKO9 (0:43) Damon Reed, 220 lbs., Topeka, KS. CRUISERWEIGHTS: Jeremy Williams, 200 lbs., Long Beach, CA WDEC8 (78-75 77-75, 75-77) Gary Gomez, 198 ˝ lbs., Salt Lake City, UT; Marc Saggese, 192 1/2 lbs., Las Vegas, NV WTKO1 (0:40) Trevor Pasha, 195 lbs., Denver, CO. SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS: Peter Quillin, 159 ˝ lbs., New York, NY WKO1 (1:38) Jose Humberto Corral, 163 ˝ lbs., Aqua Prieta, Mexico. WELTERWEIGHTS: Miguel Beltran, 146 ˝, West Valley, UT WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) Martin Vierra, Phoenix, AZ; Chris Fernandez, Salt Lake City, UT Willie Walton, Salt Lake City, UT WDEC4 (38-37, 38-36, 40-34). JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS: Braulio Lopez, 138 lbs., Talatin, OR via Mexico WDEC6 (59-56, 58-56, 56-58) Justo Sanchez, 139 ˝ lbs., Howell, UT.