ST. LOUIS -- The Mississippi County Boxing Team traveled to St. Louis Thursday to compete in a Club Show at Sharp's Tavern. Competing this weekend from M.C.B. were Phillip Latamondeer, Matt Gephart and Chris Gephart.
Phillip Latamondeer started the evening for the M.C.B. going in against Sean Felts in the 95 lb. weight class from the Knuckles Gym out of St. Louis. Latamondeer ended up losing to decision, but walked away with his head up. Coach Wick accepted this fight for Latamondeer knowing that his opponent was a little bigger.
"Right now its about getting the experience against different styles and sizes of fighters that will help Phillip in the future," explained Wick. "Phillip fought three hard rounds against a kid that was in a bigger weight class than he was and stuck in there very good with him. I was proud of him."
Matt Gephart heated up the crowd with his toe-to-toe match up in the 178 lb. division with Josh Barnes from the Knuckles Gym. This was to be an exciting match from the beginning; Gephart had recently lost to Barnes at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center in St. Louis after what some may call a "cheap shot" that ended the fight with Barnes walking away with the win.
This evening was a different story and Gephart wanted his win.
The bell rang and clearly Gephart was taking it to Barnes with enormous power and fast combinations that startled Barnes in the first round, seemingly giving Gephart a good lead on the cards.
As the second round began, Gephart was trying to get into a more paced rhythm, getting caught with some good shots by Barnes that pushed Gephart into a survival mode situation.
"The two fighters fought the second round harder than they fought the first, literally trading blow for blow," Wick said.
Gephart scored some good combinations in the third and stunned Barnes to give him an eight-count. The crowd was on its feet as these two fighters finished the round throwing punches.
"I was shocked that Josh stood up to that for three rounds. Matt caught him with some very hard shots," said Wick.
The decision was in and Matt Gephart was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
Chris Gephart finished off the show as he entered the ring matched up against Quincy Williams from the Knuckles Gym. Going into this fight Gephart felt he had a great chance of coming away with the win.
As the first round began it was clear to see that Gephart had more power in his punches landing some hard jabs that shook up his opponent Williams. Williams came in with some good scoring and fast combinations on Gephart, but had little effect with any type of power he tried to throw at him. Gephart clearly had Williams starting to back up after catching him with some hard combinations.
In the second round, Williams was caught by an unintentional hit to the back of the head, and Gephart was given a warning. As the Referee called for the two boxers to continue, Gephart went to Williams and threw a two-punch combination that knocked Williams against the ropes, causing a stoppage by the Referee.
Chris Gephart was very happy to get his first knockout in the ring against an opponent.
"I finally got one and it feels good," Gephart said.
"I have never seen anyone knocked out on their feet before," said Wick. "Chris hit him and he turned and leaned against the ropes. He never hit the floor."
Mississippi County Boxing travels to Poplar Bluff for their show at the Holiday Inn on August 13. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $5 General Admission and $3 for 12 and under. Then on August 20th the Team travels to Hannibal for competition.
The Mississippi County Boxing Team is always looking for sponsors. If you or your business is interested in supporting the team, contact Brad Wick at 573
-380-0383, or you can stop by the Gym on Pine St. in East Prairie on Monday, Wednesday or Friday after 5 p.m.