Travis "The Terror" Clark did nothing Saturday night to tarnish his reputation - or record.
The former Ohio high school state wrestling champion traveled to Gilford, N.H., to put his 1-0 professional cage fighting mark on the line against a fighter who was 21-0 as an amateur during Combat Zone 33 - Massacre in the Meadow - at Meadowbrook Pavilion.
Clark made quick work of Jason Bonacorsi, stopping the local favorite in a mere 1:18 of the opening round
"I kicked him one time in the head and followed up with a combo that took him down," Clark explained during a telephone call Sunday morning. "When he went to the mat, I pounded him and didn't let up."
According to Clark, and reports from the promoter, it took nearly 20 minutes for emergency personnel to attend to - and remove - Bonacorsi from the squared cage.
"He was pretty bad off," Clark said.
Clark said he and his entourage, including his mother, were treated pretty badly by the New Hampshire locals.
"They were booing me and calling me names, but that was to be expected," he said.
What wasn't to be expected was the altercation that his mother got into with the locals.
"That wasn't cool at all," Clark said of the rude treatment.
Clark's teammate at Evolve MMA in Medina, Josh "Heavy" Hendricks also claimed a major decision victory.
"We said we wanted to up there and take over the East Coast, and we pretty much did Saturday night," Clark allowed.
LOCALLY, there's a new Hard Knocks Kickboxing women's lightweight amateur champion as Moundsville's Kayla "Honey Bee" Varney earned a close, but unanimous, three-round decision over rival Monica "Fighting Ring Girl" Gray, of Wheeling, that had the crowd on its feet.
"I trained really hard for this fight," Varney said. "I knew I had to get my cardio up. She's tough, but she's not that powerful. She's more of a technical fighter, so I had to adjust some things."
This was the third time the two had met in the ring, with Gray winning both prior fights.
"The first fight she won because I was out of shape," Gray allowed. "The second fight, as many people know, was very controversial. Tonight was a good fight between two good fighters."
So, does that mean Varney-Gray IV could be on the horizon?
"I don't know," Varney said. "Maybe."
Another new champion was crowned as Josh Oppenheimer, of Sarahsville, also earned a tough, three-round unanimous decision over Mike "KO" Kidd, who hails from Wheeling, for the vacant Hard Knocks light heavyweight amateur kickboxing belt.
In other action on the 15-fight card, local favorite Ronell Green, from Wheeling, kept his professional boxing record spotless with a four-round domination of Atlanta's Quincey Johnson in their junior lightweight bout.
The remaining results follow:
Josh Flowers, Bridgeport, d. James Robinson, Glouster, OH.; John Star Jr., Yorkville, d. Charlie Wade, Moundsville; Terrance Jarrells, Bellaire, d. Kenny Wilson, Wheeling; Mike Drescher, Mt. Clare, W.Va., d. Tyler Reinard, Saltsburg, Pa.; Ryan Johnson, Wheeling, d. William Kuhn, Glen Easton; Sunta Grimm, Steubenville, d. Josh Blake, Valley Grove; Christopher Murawski, Westmoreland, Pa., d. Robert Schweizer, Martins Ferry; Robert Kolb, Follansbee, d. Ricardo Apodaca, Saltsburg, Pa.; Jeremiah "Bullfrog" Karpency, Adah, Pa. d. Jermiah Williams, Cincinnati; Danny "The Demon" Shull, Winchester, Va., KO Mike Davis, Columbus, 0:49 3rd; "All-Lee" McGinnis, Pittsburgh, KO Antonio Henderson, Cincinnati, 2:59 1st; and Tommy Karpency, Adah., Pa., TKO Julius Jackson, Cincinnati.
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