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Charles Conwell Uppercuts His Way To ShoBox KO Win Over Wendy Touissant

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He’d tried the right uppercut right before, and saw the opening was there, so Charles Conwell threw it again, as a lead, as he advanced on Wendy Touissant. Just edging toward him made the New York boxer freeze a bit and tuck his chin, knowing he’d be feeling impact momentarily. That he did, another right uppercut got launched by Conwell, in a bout which served as the main event of a Wednesday night ShoBox.

This uppercut landed clean, driving the nose backward, and Touissant backed up, and took a knee. The ref started the count at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and the body language hinted at what would be verified seconds later.

…Eight, nine, ten, game over…..The 22 year old Conwell rose his record to 13-0, and added the 10th KO to his resume.

The win has to be seen as that much more impressive, being that Conwell hurt the right hand in round seven, you saw him wince after landing a clean right.

The callers, Barry Tompkins, Steve Farhood and Raul Marquez, said as round nine played out that Conwell could be doing more, and Marquez felt like he was fighting tense. Maybe, they noted , the lack of a crowd impacted Conwell. Maybe he was missing the vibes they send off, it was theorized. And then, bang, the uppercut usage shut everyone up.

Here is the release sent out by Showtime, touching on the three bouts comprising this Oct. 7, 2020 ShoBox:

UNCASVILLE, CONN. – October 7, 2020 – Undefeated 23-year-old super welterweight prospect Charles Conwell continued the impressive start to his career by scoring a ninth-round KO over tough challenger Wendy Toussaint in a special Wednesday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, the first since March, from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Cleveland’s Conwell (13-0, 10 KOs) methodically wore down the Haitian Toussaint (12-1, 5 KOs) before landing the fierce uppercut that broke Toussaint’s nose and forced him to take a knee at which point, he was counted out at 2:42 of the ninth round. 

It was a grinding, workmanlike performance from Conwell, who landed 28 body shots among his 78 landed punches against the capable Toussaint, who works as a school bus driver and a volunteer fireman in Huntington, N.Y. Conwell was out-landing Toussaint 59-39 in power punches and was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the knockout. Toussaint became the 193rd fighter on ShoBox series to lose his undefeated record.

“I think this was a good fight for my first fight back, getting the ring rust off, but at the end of the day we got the job done,” said Conwell, a 2016 U.S. Olympian. “The game plan going in was to break him down round by round, go to the body until we got him to where we wanted him. I give my performance a C-plus, there were a lot of things I could have done better. I’m going to get back in the gym and continue to work hard to become the champion I know I can be. I’ll fight anybody next, but I really want an ex-world champion or ex-title challenger so I can get the championship rounds under my belt. Then it’s on to a world title.”

In the co-featured bout between two all-action fighters who promised a brawl, it was the undefeated 21-year-old Janelson Figueroa Bocachica (16-0, 11 KOs) who came out on top against Puerto Rico native Nicklaus Flaz (9-2, 7 KOs).

Amanda Westcott snapped this pic of Boca landing on Oct. 7, 2020

Bocachica unleashed a power-punching assault on Flaz, as all 26 of his landed punches were power shots, including a clean left hook that knocked Flaz down for the first time in his career. From there, Flaz was wobbled and never able to recover as Bocachica sent him to the canvas for a second time and continued the barrage of punches that ultimately forced referee Johnny Callas to stop the fight at 2:43 of round one. 

“I came in and they said he wanted to brawl, and as soon as he did, the fight was over,” said Bocachica, a Detroit native, who like Flaz is of Puerto Rican descent. “The game plan was to showcase my boxing. I didn’t get to do that but I’m happy either way. I’m not shy calling out guys, but I’m trying to be respectful to the best in my division. I’m here, so bring them on. One-hundred forty-seven [pounds] is mine. It was easier than I thought, I’m not going to lie. But I didn’t think it was going to be hard.”

In the telecast opener, highly regarded 140-pound prospect Brandun Lee (20-0, 18 KOs) proved that he is ready for an even greater challenge, blitzing Jimmy Williams (16-4-2, 5 KOs) with three vicious knockdowns in the first round en route to a stoppage victory. The La Quinta, Calif., resident has KO’d all but two of his professional opponents, and now owns 12 first-round knockouts.

Lee’s power stood out, and had Williams pretty out of it, on Oct. 7, 2020. (Photo by Amanda Westcott)

The hard-punching Lee, who was the last fighter to appear on ShoBox prior to the shutdown in March, wasted very little time in dispensing Williams, a former college football standout who was fighting for the first time in 2020. Lee forced two knockdowns prior to the final blow, a picture-perfect right hand that connected flush on Williams’ chin and sent him sprawling through the ropes. The stoppage came at 1:34 of the first round.

“I’m blessed with the natural power and that’s what the fans saw from me tonight – I’m here to entertain the fans and seek and destroy,” said the 21-year-old Lee. “The game plan was to go in there and do what I do best, which is to destruct anything that is in my way. When I fought last fall on SHOWTIME for the first time in Texas I felt like we rushed it too much. And back in March on SHOWTIME I felt like we waited too long. So I think this fight was perfect. We hit it right on the money, not too fast and not too slow.”

Wednesday’s fights were promoted by Tony Holden Productions. The full telecast will replay on Wednesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME on DEMAND®.

Hall of Famer Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside with fellow Hall of Famer Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

For more information visit www.sho.com/sports follow on Twitter @ShowtimeBoxing, @SHOSports, #ShoBox, or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports  

 

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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