Team and supporters were excited and confident, Anthony McGaughey
and his trainer Scott Mincey pretty much kept to themselves and stayed calm and quiet all day long...
In fact, after Saturday night many in the house wondered if McGaughey
even knows what pain is.
never even flinched.
took everything Morello
offered and still averaged over 16 kicks per round compared to Morello's
was quick and smooth throughout the entire fight, never letting Morello's aggressive game plan take him out of his
Neither fighter seemed to ever be hurt in the battle (Easy for us to say from outside the ring.. .) but both left everything they had in the ring at the end of 5. when the scores were announced McGaughey
had won the unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47 in a bout that appeared to many watching to not be as close as the scores.
of Norman, Oklahoma, USA (27-1-1/16, 157, 5'11", 27) defeated Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA (8-6-1/2, 157, 5-10", 32 ) by unanimous decision 48-47, 49-46 and 48-47.
Tomorrow night either Anthony McGaughey
of Norman, Oklahoma, USA or Mike Morello of Santa Barbara, California, USA will become one of only 6 IKF Amateur World Champions.
So the question is, will Saturday's bout between Anthony McGaughey
and Mike Morello top any of these past IKF Amateur World Title bouts?
and the IKF
were first introduced at the 2000 IKF National Amateur Tournament in Council Bluff's, Iowa, USA.
opening round bout he
stopped Frank Glover of Lake Zurich, Illinois by TKO at 1:59 of round 3.
In the final he
faced the highly experienced Marc Mayfield of St Louis Missouri who had an impressive record of 17-5-1.
stopped Mayfield by TKO at 1:22 of the 3rd round to win the 2000 IKF FCR Light Middleweight National Title.
Davenport Iowa, USA, McGaughey
successfully defended his
Title when he
defeatedNeil Halmstad of Wrenshall, Minnesota, USA by unanimous decision 30-27 on all 3 judges cards.
At the 2002 IKF North American Amateur Tournament in Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA, McGaughey defeated last minute replacement fighter Shaun Gay of Valdosta, Georgia, USA by TKO at 1:02 of the second round.
The win gave McGaughey his
4th IKF National Tournament Title.
may have won 5 if not for the late move of last years IKF Tournament from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Orlando Florida.
had planned to attend in Iowa but the change of venue did not allow their team time to fund-raise to make the trip.
McGaughey's only loss came when he
took a fight he
had to step up in weight for.
had planned to turn professional last year but just never made the move.
With an amateur record of 26 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw and 16 wins by KO/TKO, it's clear he
will have experience on his
However Mike Morello (Right & Below Left) of Santa Barbara, California, USA is not planning to rely on his
past to get him the IKF World Title.
is "Hungry" for this win and he
may be more hungry than McGaughey
No offense intended towards McGaughey
but look at what he
have any problems getting motivated for yet " Another" title?
there the division was open and anyone could win and no one would have any bye rounds.
deserved the shot here since he
was still amateur and his
resume confirms it.
Adding to that meeting with McGaughey
the year before Hudson met up with Kevin Engle in the final who beat him by unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27 & 30-27.