By: Jackie Campbell
In a valiant effort on all accounts, Team Tri-Force stepped into the ring to test themselves and their skills on Saturday, July 15th at Mark Wisher’s Fight Night at B&F Gym in Pawtucket, RI.
Three Tri-Force competitors took home wins in two Muay Thai matches and one kickboxing match, each with impressive showings. Antonio Sanders, Delon Jones and Sergio Fernandas brought their “A” game on Saturday night and the judges agreed.
Despite the blazing heat within the venue, Sanders, Jones and Fernandas pressed forward in order maximize their two minutes within all three rounds.
Jones, fighting at heavyweight, took heavy hands to his opponent, nearing the KO in both the first and second round, dominated the exchanges and clinch game. Jones took home the the win by unanimous decision of the judges, proudly representing Team Tri-Force.
Next up was Sanders, fighting at featherweight, who displayed poise and control in the ring over his opponent. Sanders used his reach to establish his effective range, moving into the clinch only to inflict steady knees to the body on his opponent. Sander’s hand was raised at the end of three rounds in yet another unanimous decision by the judges, improving his record to 2-0 within Wisher’s promotion.
Fernandas, fighting at lightweight, took to the ring for the fifth fight of the evening. Despite heat reminiscent of Thailand itself, Fernandas showed a calm and collected skill set that controlled the pace of the fight. Utilizing the teep and jab, he was able to keep his opponent at bay in order to create opportunities to land damaging strikes. Fernandas’ hand was raised for the second time with a unanimous decision by the judges.
With a total of nine competitors on Saturday’s card, some did not win their bouts but came out on their shield after battles in the ring. These smoker fights are designed for young amateur fighters to gain exposure to the elements of the show.
Crowds, music, an opposing corner and the expectations of others are just a few of the factors that will evoke nerves not typically present in training. Many of the fighters- win, lose or draw- learned critical coping mechanisms for dealing with the energy and nerves that can only be learned in the live setting of fight promotion.
Team Tri-Force is proud of the performance of each of its competitors for stepping up to the challenge to test themselves in the ring. Courage and skill were put to the test, valuable lessons were learned and bonds of the Tri-Force Family grew deeper all in the name of combat sports.