BILOXI, MISS – Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) returned to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. on Saturday night as Jim Alers knocked out Leonard Garcia in the main event of BKFC 7 live on FITE and the BKFC YouTube page.
Alers immediately overwhelmed Garcia with an onslaught and dropped Garcia just six seconds in to the fight. Alers continued to press the action and knocked Garcia down again before the :30 mark. As Garcia’s left eye appeared to swell shut, Alers kept unloading massive shots on Garcia. Garcia hit the canvas two more times and referee Bill Clancy had seen enough, stopping the bout 1:38 in to round one.
“It was fun,” said Alers. “I came in and did exactly what I said I was going to do. I came in, got in his face, put those hands on him and there was no recovering from that.”
BKFC Heavyweight Champion and Police Gazette American Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion Arnold Adams went toe-to-toe in a thrilling contest against challenger Chase Sherman. Both fighters shined at times, but Sherman was able to drop Adams in the opening seconds of round five and collected a unanimous decision (49-45 X 2, 49-46), winning both bare knuckle heavyweight titles in the process.
“It feels really good,” said Sherman. “It’s been 136 years since this belt came back to Mississippi. It’s back now and it’s going to stay here.
“I pushed the pace,” continued Sherman. “I had to get Arnold out of that relaxed rhythm that he finds himself in and it worked.”
Defending Police Gazette American Women’s Bare Knuckle Featherweight Champion Christine Ferea faced Helen Peralta in a semi-final matchup of the BKFC women’s featherweight tournament. In a back and forth bout that saw both fighters knocked down in the second round, Peralta upset Ferea by unanimous decision (48-47 X 2, 48-45) to earn the Police Gazette American Women’s Bare Knuckle Featherweight Championship and advance to the BKFC women’s featherweight tournament final.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg emerged victorious over Melvin Guillard as Guillard was forced to retire after round three due to an injury to his right hand. The official time of the stoppage came at the 2:00 mark of the third round.
Adam Pellerano knocked down Joshua Boudreaux twice en route to a knockout victory with the referee stopping the fight 1:30 in to round two.
Dale Sopi met Juan Torres in a very spirited and evenly-matched contest with Sopi earning a unanimous decision (49-46 X 2, 48-47) victory.
Kaleb Harris dominated Johnavan Vistante, knocking Vistante down three times in round one and twice more in the second round. The fifth and final knockdown came from a Harris right hand that connected perfectly with Vistante’s chin, knocking Vistante out cold and ending the contest at the :51 mark of round two.
In the first contest of the night, from the opening bell, Bubba Malbrough and Quintin Henry exchanged thunderous blows at a furious pace. Henry recovered from being dropped twice early and scored a vicious knockdown of Malbrough late in the first frame with the referee stopping the bout at the 1:55 mark and Henry earning the technical knockout victory.
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