Hometown heavyweight Eric Hempstead defeated Billings' Anthony Sullivan by third-round technical knockout in the main event at the Lights Out at the Washoe boxing matches on Friday night in Anaconda.
A large crowd turned out to support the first boxing event in Anaconda in 10 years, according to organizers. The 12-bout show was held at the historic Washoe Theater, and featured eight Anaconda fighters and seven Butte fighters. Boxers from Bozeman, Kalispell, Helena and Spokane, Wash., also competed.
In the main event, Sullivan boxed well in the first round before beginning to wilt in the second under Hempstead's body blows. Sullivan took an eight-count late in the round.
Hempstead continued the attack in the third, dropping Sullivan again with a hard left hook-right hand combination. The Billings boxer was up after nine seconds, but on unsteady legs. That forced referee Russ Hansen to stop the contest.
The semi-main event saw another TKO, as Anaconda's Chris LaTray stopped Jace Lane late. Lane was down for two eight-counts in the heavyweight bout.
In the night's other bouts:
- Butte's Andrew Huckeby won by decision over former amateur star Cody Woslager, of Helena, at 160 pounds in a close and entertaining fight.
- Kalispell's Taylor Reed scored a split decision win over Butte's Brandon Brisbo at 170 pounds in another slugfest.
- Spokane's Wendy Toni eked out a split decision win over Butte's Amanda Guidoni in what is believed to be Anaconda's first female boxing match.
- Bozeman's Dennis Creason scored a dramatic first-round knockout of Butte veteran Chris Marez at 155 pounds.
In the preliminary bouts:
- Anaconda youth boxers John Freeze and Johnny Brock fought to a three-round draw.
- Bozeman veteran Kenny Johnson scored a close decision win over Spokane's Jacob Fridley.
- Local fighter Shawn O'Hara scored a decision win over Anaconda's Shawn Forsberg.
- Erik Lopez scored a second-round knockout over Bozeman's Kyle Segmiller.
- Thomas Allison scored a first-round TKO over Kalispell's Mike Whitman.
- Donald Cyr scored a second-round knockout over Bozeman's Dylan Martin.
- Butte standout Kaden LeCoure was scheduled to fight, but his opponent failed to show.