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Watson, Hall win for injured relative

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Johnson City boxers Blayton Watson and Robert Hall Jr. were fighting for family Saturday night at the Evolution Sports Gym.

After Charlie Watson lost to Quincy Brown on a first-round technical knockout after his shoulder popped out of socket, his brother and cousin were inspired to win fights for him as much as themselves.

Blayton Watson thoroughly dominated the action against California fighter Omar Barfield taking a unanimous decision in their super middleweight bout.

“That’s my brother and I felt for him when I saw it happen,” Blayton Watson said. “It’s hard to fight through something like that and there’s not much you can do.”

Watson earned two standing eight-counts in the first round and then finished the second round with a knockdown right before the bell.

The southpaw kept snapping a right jab in the third and fourth rounds to pile up more points. Watson persevered through a broken hand which he suffered during the first standing eight-count.

“That first round, when I caught him with that left hand, it shattered my last two knuckles,” Watson said. “But that’s what champions do, to persevere through that. Throwing out your shoulder is different. You can’t move your arm. But my hand, I could keep it up by my face and block punches. I was able to work off my jab and throw a couple of hooks, but you still need your power hand.”

Hall, who improved to 3-0 as a professional, made quick work of Kentucky fighter James Johnson in his cruiserweight fight. Hall landed a hard body shot and Johnson decided he didn’t want anymore in a bout that was ruled a first-round technical knockout.

“I wish it could have went longer,” Hall said. “But, this was for Charlie. He’s family. It hurts that he had to take that loss. Seeing your family go through that, it hurts.”

Another Johnson City fighter, Brad Austin, had just as easy time in his cruiserweight bout. Like Hall’s victory, his bout was over as soon as he landed a hard left hook to the jaw of South Carolina boxer Roderick Reid.

“It was a quick left hook, but I didn’t think it was that hard,” Austin said. “I guess he just wanted to go lay down, but he wasn’t a match for me anyway. I was really wanting to get some work and figured I would get a couple of rounds in. I wanted to work on my gameplan, but he didn’t last long enough.”

Roy King piled up the points like he needed in his professional debut.

The Johnson City light heavyweight kept his hands active while his opponent Terrance Watson was more interested in taunting King during their four-round bout.

As a result, King easily won a unanimous decision 30-26 on all three judges cards.

“I did what I needed to do,” King said. “He was shelling up once he felt my power. He didn’t want no more. That was why he kept bending down and shelling up.”

A pair of amateur bouts took place before the professional bouts.

John Breeding of Knoxville earned a split decison over Cole Crumper of Lynchburg, Virginia in the opener. Alex Hardin, a 13-year-old from Johnson City, lost a unanimous decision to Grant Hope.

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