Divante Jones described professional boxing’s return to Augusta on Saturday as “great fights for a fighting city.”
After a five year hiatus, the garden city played host to six bouts in the HEAL Complex.
CSRA Fight Party Round 1 Boxing included Jones, a Hephzibah native, as the main draw. He scored a first-round TKO over Avery Hines in the night’s final bout.
The event also saw four other area fighters compete.
Brandon Spencer, a member of the Augusta Boxing Club, scored a win by TKO over Dylan Courson of Rome, Ga. Spencer said the birth of his twin daughters forced him to explore other avenues of training.
“Angel and Liberty came so I couldn’t go to the gym how I wanted but I made no excuses. I used my nephew for weights to work out at home and continued with my road workout,” Spencer said. “Augusta is a goldmine for boxing.
Jade Ealy, also from Augusta, saw the evening’s fastest fight in his professional debut. His first round TKO over Rodrick Reed took only 19 seconds.
“It is fantastic to have a turnout like this. We don’t have a lot of sports in the area, especially professional sports,” Ealy said.
Sammie Millhouse improved his record to 3-0 with a second round TKO over Dazmine Coleman. The Bamberg, S.C., product said he looks forward to more opportunities to showcase his talents in front family and friends.
“It is like a breath of fresh air. It’s invigorating for us to have something like this in our backyard,” Millhouse said.
Javier Frazier of Aiken was the only area fighter not to score a TKO. He spent the majority of the evening attacking only to come away with a majority draw against Martez Barnes in the night’s longest fight.
“I felt that I was the aggressor the entire fight,” Frazier said. “Regardless of how the fight was scored, I feel like I won.”
Jones ended the night in spectacular fashion, sending Hines to the canvas before finishing the match with a right cross.
“It feels great to be able to come home and put on a show,” Jones said. “We want to bring more fight, events and attention to this city and that starts with the event next month.”
Jones was referring to the CSRA Fight Party Round 2 Boxing on May 3. When asked whether he would be participating in the event, Jones said, “Most definitely.”