Caged Fury 20 Recap
For the first time in 3 whole years, the NAAFS returned to the capital city of Columbus Ohio with their event Caged Fury 20. The event featured 6 amateur bouts, 2 amateur tournament semifinals and 2 pro fights. The night did not start off so well when the fights were delayed due to the EMS not being there. But once the EMS arrived the action began and did not stop until the very last horn sounded in the main event. Despite a few last second fights being dropped from the event, this card delivered in multiple ways!
Nate Davies vs AJ Dobson
It may have been the third fight on the card but it was the first to provide some major fireworks. These welterweights took no time to get to know each other. One big exchange and BAM! AJ Dobson connected for a :12 KO of Davies.
Quinton Cooperider vs Cory Ruthsatz
Undefeated (now 9-0) Cooperider put his unblemished record on the line against a feisty Cory Ruthsatz who put up a great fight. After Ruthsatz took him down it only took a few moments before Cooperider locked on a very tight triangle right in front of our seats. The end came at 1:23 in the second round.
Stephen Schlater vs Mike Schimek
The first semifinal tournament bout was between two very talented middleweights. Coming in Mike Schimek was actually ranked 2nd in the entire NAAFS middleweight division for amateurs. Apparently Stephen Schlater didn’t get that memo because he finished Mike 1:59 into the 3rd round via guillotine. Schlater is now 5-0.
Jason Cowden vs Wayne Lanum
The second semifinal bout was in the light heavyweight division between two very hard hitters. Undefeated Wayne Lanum got the better of Cowden in a number of first round exchanges if you can even call them “exchanges”. Lanum dropped Cowden twice claiming a 1st round TKO at 1:39.
Corey Simmons vs Roc Castricone
In the first pro fight of the night we saw Roc Castricone come out of retirement to fight a young gun named Corey Simmons. This one went the distance and turned out to be one of the better fights of the card. It was a battle for position on the ground which Roc won most of the time. Roc took home the 29-28 decision across the board over Simmons
Bobby Emmons vs Antonio Castillo Jr.
The nights main event saw a very scrappy, strong and energetic Antonio Castillo Jr. dominate submission ace Bobby Emmons. Castillo constantly took the fight to the ground and controlled Emmons not allowing him to even come close to any sort of submission. Antonio “The Mexican Muscle” Castillo Jr. won via unanimous decision.