Isiah Jones Defeats Tyner in Detroit War at Motor City Casino!

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent- Ringside

Detroit, MI (February 10th,2019)–In the main event of a nine-bout card promoted by Carlos Llinas CLIP Productions, sponsored by Hutch’s Jewelry, at Sound Board at Motor City Casino, Detroit, Michigan, rising undefeated junior middleweight prospect Isiah Jones boxed his way to an eight round unanimous decision win over veteran Lanardo Tyner in a competitive ring war.

Before the main event, a moment of silence was followed by the traditional ten count for the late World Junior Lightweight champion Rocky Lockridge. Retired former world champions Thomas Hearns of Detroit, trainer Kara Ro of Windsor, Canada, and Detroit heavyweight prospect Armonte Sommers were among those in attendance at ringside.

8-0 David McWater prospect Jones, age 24, the 2016 Detroit and National Golden Gloves champion at 165 pounds, used height, reach, speed and youth to outwork Tyner. Both fighters were in top condition. Welterweight Tyner remained defensive conservative, loaded up and threw nasty bombs from the fourth round on. Jones, previously a higher weight fighter, was not bothered by any of the power shot head bombs the lower weight class Tyner threw. As a result, Tyner lost most of the rounds, and had no other game plan.

While Jones won the rounds on the scorecards, the fight was probably closer than the scoring indicated. Tyner, more experienced at age 43, now 35-14-2 with 22 knockouts, Detroit, Michigan, probably could have at least drawn Jones by simply going back to basic boxing, staying off the ropes, and sticking to basic exchanges. Jones is young and untested, and Tyner has exposed many pretenders. On this occasion, the always wily Tyner paced himself well, but he fought eight rounds loading up and throwing bombs occasionally with the wrong game plan. Jones was too seasoned and skilled to fall for old Tyner’s usual traps.

Result: Isiah Jones Win 8 Lanardo Tyner, Junior Middleweights

Motor City Casino Undercard Results

Jarico O’Quinn TKO 3 Alex Rangel, Bantamweights (2:36)
Dmitriy Salita’s 11-0-1 Detroit prospect O’Quinn had Ciudad Obregon, Mexico’s 18-1 Rangel down in the second round, and down three times in the round for automatic TKO.

Frank Martin Win 6 Efrain Cruz, Junior Welterweights
Detroit’s Martin had Cruz, from Vieques, Puerto Rico, down in first round. Martin won all rounds on scorecards, but about much closer than cards indicated. Cruz was in the house.

Matt Price (Pro Debut) Win 4 Henry Wright, Heavyweights
Debuting power hitter Price knocked Wright down twice in the opening minute. Wright then engaged in a four round survival style wrestling bout and hug-a-thon. Price could fight but was breathing heavily. Wright could NOT fight but was in well-trained condition.

Taylor Duerr TKO 2 Nicholas Lavin, Cruiserweights (1:25)
Phil Awara’s 9-0-1 Detroit light heavyweight prospect Duerr pounded on Connecticut’s limited journeyman Lavin in corners like Rocky Balboa pounding on a piece of beef in the meat market. Lavin moved to different corners after each pounding, but offered no offense.

Darryl Cunningham Win 6 Rafael Garcia, Junior Middleweights
Detroit’s ageless 40-9 veteran Cunningham, age 44, wins eighth straight by outpointing Arizona’s 9-1 Garcia with vicious body shots. Garcia’s left eye was also swollen.

James Grey TKO 1 Jermon Houck, Lightweights (2:05)
A Michigan prospects battle turned into a brief wild and crazy George Foreman versus Ron Lyle style all-offensive slugfest, bringing the Detroit crowd to its feet. Grey, 2-0, knocked out Houck, 1-3, in a corner, Houck recklessly swinging wide and getting caught.

Munib Al-Salmani (Pro Debut) KO 2 Joel Berman, Lightweights (2:48)
In Detroit lightweight battle, the debuting Iraqi Al-Salmani knocked out 0-4 Berman in second round cleanly. Berman wore Mexican trunks, but he obviously wasn’t Mexican.

Garrett ‘Sunshine’ Ross (Pro Debut) Win 4 Cody Baker (Pro Debut), Welterweights
Debuting Michigan welterweights battle. Sunshine Ross outpoints MMA fighter Baker.rd

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.