Seattle wins SFL America: Team Challenge
Seattle wins SFL America: Team Challenge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 7, 2016
TACOMA, Wash. – The inaugural SFL America: Team Challenge all came down to the final round of the main event and hometown fan favorite Justin Harrington delivered.
Harrington, a member of Team Seattle, successfully defended his SFL America Lightweight championship by beating previously undefeated Bryan Nuro of Team Portland Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma and in the process helped Seattle wrap up the team victory.
Harrington (9-2) appeared as the 48-47 winner on all three judge's scorecards. The decision was worth three points, giving Team Seattle the win on the night by a score of 17-13.
The 8-bout card featured two opening fights and six team battles.
Points were awarded to the winner of each contest with teams earning 9 points for a KO, 7 points for a submission victory, 5 points for a TKO, 3 points for a decision and 2 points for a draw. The winning team will have the highest combined score for all six bouts.
Seattle led 14-13 heading into the main event and after Harrington won the first two rounds and Nuro (4-1) appeared to capture the rounds 3 and 4, everything came down to the final round.
Harrington, who was able to successfully land strikes during the opening two rounds, controlled the flow of the final round, connecting on a number of hard strikes en route to the win.
With Team Seattle trailing 13-0, undefeated Joey Pierotti got his squad on the board by making quick work of Chris Evans. The 170-pound Pierotti improved to 2-0 with the first round TKO (2:34) and cut the deficit to 13-5 for Team Seattle.
Rafael Brewster's knockout of Jose Rodriguez in the following bout gave Seattle it's first lead of the night as the nine-point KO made it a 14-13 lead for the home team. Brewster improved to 2-0 with the second round (1:35) KO.
It was all visitors to open things up as Portland kicked off the Team Challenge portion of the card by getting a win via TKO out of Benny Vinson, who bloodied opponent Zach Skinner badly in the second round before the referee stepped in to stop the fight at the 2:31 mark, giving Portland a quick 5-0 advantage.
Portland would win the next two bouts.
Journey Newson (3-0-0) increased Portland's lead to 8-0 with his unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) over Seattle's Shane Friesz.
Liz Tracy made it three consecutive wins for Team Portland, registering the second TKO on the card for her squad, when she stopped Cindy Hales in the second round (4:11) of their 125-pound female clash, pushing the Portland lead to a commanding 13-0.
Chris Stone opened the event by defeating Portland's Kody Hammond by third round (2:17) rear naked choke. It was the professional debut for by fighters.
Anthony Zender picked up the win in the other opening bout, defeating Sean Gee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). It was the fifth consecutive victory for Zender after he opened his pro career 0-8.
Results for SFL America: Team Challenge – Seattle vs. Portland follows:
SFL America Team Challenge: Seattle vs. Portland
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Emerald Queen Casino
Final Team Score: Seattle 17, Portland 14
Seattle's Justin Harrington d. Bryan Nuro, unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Seattle's Rafael Brewster d. Jose McKay Rodriguez, KO, second round (1:35)
Seattle's Joey Pierotti d. Chris Evans, TKO, first round (2:34)
Portland's Liz Tracy d. Cindy Hales, TKO, second round (4:11)
Portland's Journey Newson d. Shane Friesz, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Portland's Benny Vinson d. Zach Skinner, TKO, second round (2:31)
Anthony Zender d. Sean Gee, unanimous decision, 29-28-29-28
Chris Stone d. Kody Hammond, rear naked choke, 3rd round (2:17)
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