By Joe Harrison
Hitz Boxing produced plenty of fireworks at "Thanksgiving Eve Belvedere Bash" as welterweight Johnny Lewus (26-4-1, 21 KOs) defeated Allen Litzau(13-7, 7 KOs) by a six-round unanimous decision at The Belvedere Banquet in Elk Grove, IL. Lewus grabbed his fourth victory since returning from an eleven-year layoff in February of 2010.
From the opening bell on, Lewus was the aggressor as he charged Litzau in an effort to make the fight a brawl. After a sloppy start, Litzau began to answer back with counter punches in the third round.
During the fourth round, Lewus and Litzau exchanged frequently. Still, Lewus’ gamplan remained the same as he moved forward and attacked Litzau’s body followed by left and right hooks upstairs.
They continued to trade punches through the fifth round although Lewus remained in control. Litzau appeared to be in trouble during the final round, but he escaped danger and the slugfest continued until the final bell. The judges’ scores read 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56, all in favor of Lewus.
In the co-feature, super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jiminez (5-0, 3 KOs) earned a four-round unanimous decision over James Denson (4-6, 2 KOs). Jiminez dropped Denson with a body punch in the first round, and continued to press the action by forcing Denson against the ropes and pounding his body.
Denson was knocked down twice more in the last round from body punches, but still found a way to survive until the final bell. All three judges scored it 40-33 for Jiminez.
In the card’s first bout, heavyweight Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round knockout over Thomas Boose (0-5). Martin stalked Boose as he circled the ring, trying to develop an attack. Suddenly, while against the ropes, a strong right hook struck the face of Boose and dropped him to the canvas. Although Boose beat the count, he was on wobbly feet and the contest was called off. The end came at 2:59.
Also, heavyweight Erick Correa made a successful pro debut as he defeated Keyon Graham (2-7) by a four-round unanimous decision. Throughout the contest, Correa found a home for his right hook as he repeatedly connected to the face of Graham. Somehow, Graham took the punches well but showed little fight in the one-sided bout. All three judges scored it 40-36 for Correa.
In addition, super middleweight Gerald Taylor (5-3-1, 2 KOs) defeated Bruce Rumbolz (22-24-2, 15 KOs) by a four-round unanimous decision. Through most of the bout, Tayor kept Rumbolz against the ropes as he attacked. Tayor was caught coming in by a right hand and dropped in the second round, but he controlled the rest of the contest. The scores read 39-37, 39-37, and 38-37, all for Taylor.