Michael Hunter And Jerry Forrest Slug It Out To Split Decision Draw
By: Hans Themistode
Jerry Forrest knew that Michal Hunter was the better man when the two squared off more than seven years ago. However, after spending nearly a decade maturing and working on his craft, Forrest was steadfast in his belief that he was more than equipped to flip the script. Ultimately, he was right. Kind of.
In the main event slot at Hammerstein Ballroom, in New York City, both Hunter and Forrest made their way to the ring. Moments later, after the sound of the opening bell, it was bombs away.
With Hunter seemingly interested in ending the night early, he tagged his man with overhand rights in the center of the ring. Though he appeared wobbled at times, Forrest continued to move forward. As the rounds progressed, Forrest seemed to adapt to the hard shots of his former conqueror. The fringe contender marched forward, placed his hand hands up high, and began landing numerous shots of his own.
With Forrest beginning to claw his way back into it, Hunter focused his attack on the body. While he landed several hellacious blows, Forrest appeared unaffected as he continued to walk his man down.
In the eighth, Forrest had his best showing of the night. The 33-year-old burrowed his head into the chest of his man and uncorked an accurate left that continually snapped back the head of Hunter.
Seemingly running on fumes, Hunter spent the final two rounds fighting with his back against the ropes. He huffed and puffed but still found enough reserves to finish the fight on his feet.
At the sound of the final bell, both men rose their hands in the air believing victory was theirs for the taking. Nevertheless, neither man was pleased as their contest was ruled a split decision draw.
Carlos Takam vs Jerry Forrest: Fight Preview and Weigh-in Results
By: Hans Themistode
Heavyweight contender Carlos Takam has little time to waste. At the age of 39 and having failed in his lone attempt to win a world title in October of 2018 against Anthony Joshua, Takam can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
However, with three straight victories under his belt, he is making one final push to contend for a championship once again. His latest opportunity to headline another fight card, came courtesy of perpetual cheater Jarrell Miller.
The Brooklyn born Miller was slated to take on Jerry Forrest tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those plans were immediately scrapped once Miller failed a pre-fight drug test. Fans and media members castigated Miller. Takam however, praised his drug cheating ways as he was chosen to fill in and take on Forrest.
The COVID-19 infected sports world will now be watching Forrest. Something that he hasn’t always been comfortable with. The fringe contender has come up short in his three most high profiled fights against Michael Hunter, Gerald Washington and most recently Jermaine Franklin.
Even with those blunders, the Louisiana born product can find himself on the road to title contention with a win over Takam in the main event tomorrow night which will air on ESPN at 8 PM ET.
For the entire fight card weigh-ins, scroll below.
Carlos Takam 245.7 pounds (38-5-1, 28 KOs) vs Jerry Forrest 225.6 pounds (26-3, 20 KOs)
Carlos Castro 123.8 pounds (25-0, 10 KOs) vs Cesar Juarez 124.4 pounds (25-8, 19 KOs)
Joshafat Ortiz 130.8 pounds (7-0, 4 KOs) vs Joshua Orta 132.7 pounds (6-0, 2 KOs)
Fred Wilson Jr. 159 pounds (6-0-2, 2 KOs) vs Donte Stubbs 159.5 pounds (6-1, 2 KOs)
Peter Cortez 147.5 pounds (2-1, 1 KO) vs Corey Champion 147.6 pounds (1-3, 1 KO)