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Blapp KO’s Mulliniks; Retains Light Portlyweight Crown

By Watts Prisinski Boxing Correspondent

By Watts Prisinski Boxing Correspondent

Mike Blapp slammed home a three-punch combination to knock out challenger Ray Mulliniks in the sixth round last night to retain the Lankville Boxing Association’s Light Portlyweight crown.

The fight took place at Vitiello Decorative Hams Arena before a crowd of 24,258.

Mulliniks, twenty-six years the champion’s senior, was holding his own when the end came.

Mike Blapp prepares to defend his crown in action last night from Vitiello Decorative Hams Arena.

Mike Blapp prepares to defend his crown in action last night from Vitiello Decorative Hams Arena.

Early in the sixth round, Blapp slammed a hook to the body and crashed another to the jaw. The champion then landed 13 consecutive punches and, as Mulliniks began to wobble, finished him off with a left hook, a right hand, and another hook to the head.

“He came out and I could tell it was over,” noted Blapp, who has now successfully defended his title three times. “For one thing, he didn’t have any shoes or trunks on. When I went back to my corner after the first round, I asked my seconds why that was and they said that they must of forgot. He also came out with a gigantic poetry collection under one arm for a couple of rounds and that really hindered his ability to throw any punches.”

“It was a boner on my part,” noted Mulliniks’ manager Wilt Hunter. “We just plum forgot about the shoes and the trunks.  And we forgot about the poetry book. It’s a book Ray likes to read from occasionally and we just all forgot it was there.”

The victory for Blapp, the East Lankville Winds resident, was his 36th against just one defeat. 26 have been by KO. Mulliniks suffered his 10th defeat against 33 victories. The fighters were paid $100,000 (Lankville) and $25,000 (Island) respectively.

In another fight on the card, Jip Pounders (13-2, 9KO) defeated Bob Celestine (2-2, 1KO) in the first round. Celestine, who was recently freed from prison after serving time on a challenge charge, was unable to raise his arms at all and was hit 49 consecutive times before dropping to the canvas.

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