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Sunday, July 14, 2019

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Locals win big in weekend boxing card

Locals win big in weekend boxing card

It’s pretty safe to say that this weekend was a success for the Larose Boxing Club. Three bouts. Three wins. Three knockouts.

Competing at this weekend’s Summer Showdown event at the Cut Off Youth Center, local fighters Casey Adams, Devon Adams and Wesley Barbier all faced stiff challenges to earn victory.

Powered by the crowd, the trio all emerged as victorious hometown heroes. Two of the three wins were by first-round knockout.

“What you saw tonight was a product of hard work, determination and blood, sweat and tears,” Cut Off native and victorious fighter Casey Adams said. “We all busted our butts to get to this point, and I’m so happy that we were all able to fight and get wins.”

Casey Adams’ win was arguably the best fight of the night.

The Cut Off native was fighting professionally for the first time in more than a year. On the other end of the ring was Keyon Thomas, who was making his professional debut.

Thomas was approximately three inches taller than Adams and weighed 10 pounds more than the Bayou Boy. Because of that size advantage, Adams said he started slow in the bout in an attempt to feel out his opponent.

“I was a little bit tentative at first because I knew he was bigger than I was,” Adams said. “I wanted to size him up and measure him out.”

In the third and fourth rounds of the fight, Adams really started to take charge and landed quality blows to Thomas’ body and face. In the fifth round, the “Cajun Bull” pinned Thomas into the corner and slugged away until the fight was stopped.

With the win, Adams is now 4-2 in his young career.

“I knew he was getting tired,” Adams said. “I got him in that corner and I knew there was nothing left. I was hitting him as hard as I could with everything that I had. I didn’t know if it’d be in the fifth round or the sixth round, but I knew he was going down. And when he would go down, I knew he wasn’t getting up.”

Hours before Casey Adams thrilled the COYC crowd, his little brother Devon set the stage for the entertaining night of fights.

In the second bout of the evening, Devon Adams made his much-awaited professional debut against Bobby King. The younger Adams entered the ring with close to 200 amateur bouts and several hours of in-ring experience. It showed.

Devon Adams came out firing from the early stages of the bout, hitting several large shots on King in the early seconds of the round. The punishment got so bad in the latter stages of the opening round that King’s corner threw in the towel, which secured victory for Adams.

“I was so nervous,” the little brother said. “But once I got in there and I got hit a couple of times, I really settled in and started fighting. I hit him a couple of times and hurt him and then that was it.

“I’m so excited to have the first win out of the way – that one is always the hardest. I’m ready to keep going. He didn’t hurt me at all. I wish I could fight again tomorrow.”

Sandwiched between the two brothers was a true comeback story.

For the first time in 18 and a half years, Larose native Wesley Barbier stepped into the ring for sanctioned competition – squaring off against Rondale Roosevelt.

Barbier’s return to the ring didn’t last long. The local fighter landed a crushing body shot to Roosevelt in the opening seconds of the fight – a right hand that dropped Roosevelt to his knees.

He never got up, ending the fight in just 27 seconds.

Casey Adams said he didn’t know when the next local card would be, but added that he hopes to fight again locally soon.

On this night, the local boys did their best to put on a show.

“We gave the fans what they paid their good money to see – action,” Adams said. “We all made sure that those great fans left happy.”