The soft spoken but confident Tony Jeter came into the house of fan favorite Jimmy Lange and was the aggressor from the opening bell and won a majority decision at the Patriot Center in front of a crowd of mostly Lange supporters. Jeter was not only aggressive, but fouled on several occasions throughout the fight and the fans saw veteran referee Steve Smoker take 5 points from Jeter (pronounced Jet), with 2 points taken in the second round for low blows. The point reduction and a Lange knock down of Jeter made that round a 10-6 score on the 10 point must scoring system used in most fights.
Jeter was the stronger of the two fighters and forced his will on Lange in every round. Lange, (38-5-2), was effective in the center of the ring, but once he put his back on the ropes, Jeter never let him out and pounded combinations to the head and body. “Their plan was to take me deep into the fight, but I knew I was going to press him. I had a phenomenal training camp, so I knew I could go deep into the fight”, says Jeter. Lange chose not to meet the media after the fight, but his spokesman was very discouraged with the scoring. “I would like to see the score cards and see how a fighter that got 5 points taken for fouling could win a decision, plus get knocked down in the second round. I am no rocket scientist, but I know basic math and these scores do not add up. Did Jimmy not win a round? Those judges need to explain to me how they came up with their scoring”, said Lange’s father.
The scoring went as follows: 94-91 for Lange, 94-91 and 93-92 for Jeter. Most unofficial ring side scoring by reporters had it 95-91 for Jeter, seven rounds to one with 2 even rounds. Jeter, (15-3-1), was the more active fighter in the clinches with the ring doctors having to take time out to look at a cut over Lange’s eye. Jeter, 36, is ranked 30th by the World Boxing Council says, “I would like to get in the top 15 in the WBC, but I plan to fight no more than one more year. My next fight will not be until around February 2013. I have been training and fighting for the past few months and I am going to chill”.
Few in the Patriot Center gave Jeter a chance against their man, but many think that Jeter was over looked in some ways and he was better than expected. Lange’s father offers, “We don’t want to fight Jeter again, unless it’s in his gym and with Jimmy getting the kind of money we paid him. Jeter is one of the best street fighters I have seen in a long time”. Jeter was all compliments of the Lange organization and the opportunity they gave him and says, “I love Jimmy, but I only took this fight because I knew I could win”. He did in the eyes of most in attendance. Please subscribe and read the other stories I have written.