Chauncy Welliver knocked out two opponents Friday night – heavyweight Jimmy Haynes and his hometown crowd in Williamsburg, Ky.
The Spokane heavyweight – weighing an all-time low of 232 pounds – won by technical knockout at 1:17 of the fourth round in defending his World Boxing Council Continental Americas championship, his 11th consecutive victory.
“It was a little nerve-wracking,” said Welliver of his third defense of the title. “It was a hostile crowd – they were booing me and it really motivated him. But I hit him with a straight left and he went down, and went down hard.”
Haynes, 222, got up after being knocked down, but the fight was stopped. Welliver, ranked 12th by the WBC, improved to 46-5-5, while Haynes fell to 21-16-2, though he had won nine of his previous 11 fights.
Welliver’s manager, Roland Jankelson has a March 4 bout scheduled in New Zealand against an undetermined opponent. Welliver also plans a Spokane appearance later this year.
Moscow graduate Chris Williams shot a 2-under-par 70 on the final day of competition to finish in a tie for 10th place to lead the Washington Huskies at the Amer Ari Invitational Friday in Waikoloa, Hawaii.
The No. 25 Huskies took 12th out of 20 teams with a total score of 859, led by Williams (209) and Charlie Hughes (211).
Oregon’s Daniel Miernicki earned medalist honors with his three-round total of 203. Oklahoma State won the team title with a 9-under 830.
Uriah Machuga tallied a pair of goals, his second giving visiting Spokane (19-25-1-2) the lead for good as the Braves beat Grand Forks (7-37-0-1) 4-2.