• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Marik Black dominates in front of home crowd

WCHS SENIOR SINATRA SIEGMUND, left, lost by decision to Ravin Knight in his boxing debut. The heavyweight called the experience positive and will continue fighting. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WOODFORD COUNTY NATIVE MARIK BLACK won by TKO over Brandon Grin in the first round Saturday, June 23. The TKO was the first of Black’s career and brings his record to 6-1. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Three hundred spectators packed the red barn at the Woodford County Fair Saturday, June 23 for the first-ever boxing event at the fairgrounds.

'We hope that people enjoyed themselves tonight and will support us in the future,” said Legends Boxing Club owner and trainer William “Sarge” Ferris. “Our plans only get bigger from here, and I would like to think that we have proven that we can provide a quality night of entertainment.”

Woodford County High School student Sinatra Siegmund lost a decision in his boxing debut to Ravin Knight in a heavyweight slugfest. Siegmund appeared to have the match in hand as he had Knight caught up in the ropes, but the official separated the two fighters.

“I feel like I may have been robbed tonight,” said Siegmund. “It was a great experience, and I look forward to the next one. I definitely ran out of gas so now I know I have to work on my conditioning. It's great seeing so many people from Woodford County here supporting us. It meant a lot to me.”

In the main event, Marik “The Black Mamba” Black (6-1) dominated Brandon Grin in a first-round TKO. Black controlled the fight from the opening bell and appeared to take his time measuring his punches. The crowd rose to his feet as he cornered Grin midway through the first round and after the referee separated the two fighters for the second time, Grin's corner threw in the towel to stop the fight.

“Tonight was a dream come true for me,” said Black. “To be able to perform like this in front of all of my family and friends was very special. I was able to see what he was trying to do very early in the round and I countered him, and his legs gave out. I knew I had control and then I just let instinct and my training take over.”

Ferris said that he would be exploring options to host more boxing events in Woodford County in the future. “The city of Versailles has proven to us that they enjoy the sport and they have traveled to our fights in the past. We want to continue to bring the fights right into their own backyard and let them watch Marik's career flourish.”

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