By Coach Tim Walker - In what would have certainly been a candidate for fight of the night had it not been for the masterful display that Roy Jones Junior displayed against Jeff Lacy, Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (25-2-0 KOs 21) battled fellow prospect/contender Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (21-2-2 KOs 7) in a ten round fight for the NABF lightweight title. Hook City, a Square Ring Inc. and Left Hook Promotions par per view card, proved to be an excellent landscape for Litzau who has immediate aspirations for world title contention.
This fight, the first to be aired on the PPV card, did not disappoint the 6,000 plus attendees at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. It might have been scheduled for 10 rounds but we learned quickly that it was destined for much less. Litzau set a blistering pace with an active and accurate jab accompanied by strong right hands and short hooks that lead to a second round knockdown. Kimbrough's face showed the signs of the American Boy's power by the end of the second round as blood streamed down his face.
The Show did all he could to create distance and regain his composure in the third round but his movement and speed were not enough to discourage Litzau who cornered him for a second time and landed multiple unanswered shots that sent Kimbrough to the floor for again. The round was capped by a wild swing and miss from Kimbrough that put him on the floor for a third time. It was not ruled a knockdown. As Kimbrough walked back to his corner he was obviously not the same fighter he was 11 minutes earlier. Without hesitation his corner stopped the fight.
During the post fight press conference Roy Jones praised Litzau for his ability to beat Kimbrough and congratulated him for the victory.