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Long, King prevail by TKO in Strikefest event

Tanner Cook • Mar 8, 2019 at 1:13 AM

Strikefest 5 at OT Sports and Social on Thursday night lived up to the hype with several exciting fights building up to the main event.

In the main event, Johnson City boxer Dustin Long won in a technical knockout over Nick Jewell 2:59 into second round. Long’s significant reach and height advantage were certainly keys to the victory, but Long credits his experience to the triumph.

“I think we did exactly what we wanted to do,” Long said. “I cant thank all of my guys, my coaches, Bang Bang Gym and everyone over there for letting us train over there.

“I’ll probably not fight in a Strikefest again because it’s so stressful. I had to help out with the ring, the promotions and everything. It’s really time consuming.”

Long said his next fight will be in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May.

In the co-main event, Johnson City resident via Brooklyn boxer Roy King Jr. won in on a TKO over Judd Brown in the fifth round. The match started off slow, but King was able to land some body shots that proved to be devastating.

“In the fifth round, I started out trying to knock him out because he’s experienced,” King, Jr. said. “I stayed with the game plan from the beginning. I touched him with my jab. I slowed it down in the fourth round and then really picked it up in the fifth round. … This one shows me where I’m at. I haven’t fought in about nine months, so it was all about knocking off the ring rust.”

King Jr.’s next fight with be in Charlotte on April 13.

OTHER BOUTS

Johnson City native Preston “Icepick” Schick made his MMA debut memorable with a first round submission 4:34 in over Brandon Grimmatt. Schick took control of the match nearly 10 seconds into the match by getting Grimmatt to the canvas and not letting him up.

In the title bout in the muai Thai boxing, Zach Fox won over Aaron Phillips 1:48 into the third round. Fox improves to 4-3 and he did it with a vicious right-left combination that put Phillips on the mat after he had taken down Fox four times beforehand.

Randall Austin won a quick and decisive match 1:12 into the first round over Brandon Goolsby with a deadly left hand of his own.

Caleb Frank won over Alex Lewandowski with a split decision in a muai Thai match that improved his record to 3-1.

In his muai Thai debut, Gabe Tayora scored the upset over the much taller Gary Paul 10 seconds into the second round with a hard body shot.

Chance Keller scored his first win over Franklin Brown with a knockout 44 seconds into the second round, landing a left foot to the left side of Brown’s head.

In the first fight of the evening, Garrett Johnson scored a split decision win over Jorge Valladores. It was the debut for both fighters.

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