In the main event, 20-year-old super lightweight prospect “Marvelous”
Mykquan Williams, 140, of East Hartford, CT, went the eight-round distance
for the first time, impressively outpointing Matt “The Mantis” Doherty,
138, of Salem, MA, to earn a unanimous decision. Following three
consecutive first-round knockout wins, Williams proved that he had the
endurance to remain in control for the full 24 minutes of the contest.
However, Williams almost had his fourth straight first-round victory when
he dropped Doherty twice in the opening stanza with left hooks. The cagey
Doherty showed heart in surviving the attack and fighting back gamely,
searching for openings to counter for the remainder of the bout. Williams
demonstrated deft footwork, dominating the action by landing combinations
in close then sidestepping out of harm’s way. Scorecards read 80-70 twice,
and 78-74, all in favor of Williams. Doherty’s record fell to 8-5-1 (4 KOs).
Now 12-0 (7 KOs), the fast-rising Williams captured the WBC USNBC Silver
super lightweight title in May. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
managed by Jackie Kallen, Williams is trained out of Manchester Ring of
Champions Society boxing gym by local legend and community leader Paul
Cichon, whom he’s known since he was a child and looks upon as a surrogate
father. Williams was a decorated amateur with a 45-13 record, highlighted
by three gold-medal performances at the Ringside World Championships, in
addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves Championships.