CRYSTAL CITY, Va. – For the first time, The Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, hosted a professional boxing match, and for the first time as a pro, Forestville’s Mykal Fox was the main event bout. Fox, the youngest of the “Twin Towers” boxing brothers with Alantez Fox, did not disappoint the big crowd that showed […]
CRYSTAL CITY, Va. – For the first time, The Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, hosted a professional boxing match, and for the first time as a pro, Forestville’s Mykal Fox was the main event bout.
Fox, the youngest of the “Twin Towers” boxing brothers with Alantez Fox, did not disappoint the big crowd that showed up to watch him. Fox was very impressive in taking apart Somner Martin (5-3) with a third-round TKO to improve to 11-0 in his early pro career.
“I had a good jab and hook tonight,” Fox said. “He could not get out of the way of it. Everything came off of that hook-jab combination.”
Fox, who stands 6-foot-4, towered above the 5-foot-7 Martin, known as the “Magic Man,” and punched down the entire night. Tall fighters, at times, tend to bend over when fighting shorter fighters and do not take advantage of the height difference. Fox did not do that, and made Martin seem like a man climbing a tree.
“I have this range for a reason,” he said. “If I don’t use it, what’s the point in having it?”
Fans that have followed Fox said this is the best they have seen him. Fox agreed.
“This is definitely one of my best outings,” he said. “This is my third stoppage out of 11 fights. People are waiting for my power. The speed and accuracy has always been there. Now the power is coming.”
Fox, built like a string bean, impressed his trainer and father, Troy.
“He did great,” he said. “He followed all of the instructions he was supposed to follow. Myke starts slow, but he is real technical and I could see his punches were hurting him.
“Myke is always accurate and he is only 20. Give him another two years and he takes this guy out in two rounds.”
In the co-feature, local heavyweights brought undefeated records into the fight. Only one left unblemished.
Mike Balogun scored a second-round TKO over Luther Smith and improved to 7-0 as Smith dropped to 5-1. Balogun is from Upper Marlboro while Smith hails from Bowie.
The next local fighters in action will be David Grayton, who takes on Kareem Martin on Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. on FS1, and D.C.’s Dusty Harrison, who will fight on Sept. 15 in Philadelphia for the USBA Welter Weight championship. The fight will be shown on CBS Sports Network.