Howard Davis Wants to Add Sean Wilson to List of BKFC Opponents He’s Knocked Out

March 12, 2024
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Howard Davis has become a staple of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships lightweight division. The organization had been able to count on him to produce a spectacular performance. But things didn’t go right for Davis last time out.

Online boxing news shows that Davis couldn’t bring his usual tenacity to the ring. Fighting against an evenly-matched opponent in Kai Stewart, Davis got locked into a back-and-forth affair. When the judges got involved, they ruled the fight unanimously in Stewart’s favor with a 48-47 decision.

It was a tough loss for Davis, who entered the loss to Stewart on a three-fight knockout streak. Davis is now 5-2-1 in the organization and eager to get another crack at a legitimate opponent. Sean Wilson will be the man to challenge Davis. While Wilson isn’t long on experience in bare-knuckle boxing, he has a 3-1 record in BKGC, and he has found a long career in MMA.

Wilson earned an opportunity to fight in Bellator during a long career in the sport. While Wilson lost his lone match on the big stage, he has a 40-31-1 record in the cage. Davis will want to score another knockout to regain his spot as a championship contender on Friday night in Miami. If Davis can pick up another knockout in front of another pumped-up Miami crowd, Davis may be able to build his brand the way he wants to.

Rodriguez Eager to Show off Her Hands

Rosalinda Rodriguez is 5-foot-3 and 37 years old, but anyone mistaking her size or age for a weakness would be sorely mistaken. Rodriguez is 13-0 as a professional boxer. When she decided to make a transition to fighting without gloves, Rodriguez was able to impress.

The women’s division of BKFC is eager to find new stars. Rodriguez won her BKFC debut with Maia Kahaunaele by beating her opponent at a BKFC Prospect Series event. Rodriguez’s opponent, Monica Franco, also comes from a combat sports background. Franco is an MMA fighter who had a 2-1 record.

Franco’s last MMA fight saw her lose by submission to Hailey Cowan, who later earned a UFC contract, at an Invicta event. When Franco transitioned to BKFC, she was able to pick up a split-decision win over Khortni Kamyron. Franco and Rodriguez will look to leave a lasting impression.

Meyer Tries to Find a Foothold

Brandon Meyer is trying to participate as a professional fighter at age 40. If keeping up with men half his age wasn’t hard enough, Meyer didn’t have his first professional bout in MMA until May 2022. Even worse was that Meyer found out that he needed a hip replacement last year.

While Meyer’s surgery was successful, making a recovery from that type of surgery wasn’t easy. Since then, Meyer has found mostly mixed results. Meyer is 1-1 in the cage and 1-1 in bare-knuckle boxing.

On the plus side, Meyer’s win in BKFC was a stiff knockout at BKFC 33. But in Meyer’s last fight, he struggled to keep up with Wilson. Wilson’s experience showed that Meyer spent most of his time chasing him.

Meyer is about ready to run into Joshuah Alvarez, who has more experience as a professional. He is 4-3 in BKFC. Alvarez is on a two-fight winning streak in BKFC. He also tried his hand at the Karate Combat promotion but saw his fight end in a no-contest due to an illegal knee according to world boxing latest news.

Stone Hands Needs a Win

Brian Jackson’s combat sports career is one of extreme toughness. During Jackson’s MMA career, he has a 1-9 record and has been on the end of some ugly defeats. Things haven’t been quite as bad for Jackson in BKFC. Jackson is 1-2, but is very much one of those fighters who want to knock someone out or be knocked out.

How will that style conflict with his opponent? Eduardo Concepcion should provide fascinating theater. Concepcion is from Cuba but trains in Miami. Concepcion works as a personal trainer and has helped build up his punching power.

Concepcion is 1-2 so far in his BKFC career. However, some observers believe he has the tools to potentially flourish in two different weight divisions. But he must prove he can win at one weight class before branching out.

Jackson is the perfect opponent for Concepcion. Jackson has had a difficult time in his career adjusting to his opposition. Concepcion is set up well here to grab another win over an opponent who has had a rough career.

Nolan Finds Home in BKFC

Drew Nolan had to ask himself, is fighting what I’m meant to do? Between boxing, MMA, and bare-knuckle boxing, Nolan was on a seven-fighting losing streak entering his BKFC Prospect Serie fight with Markus Suarez. But against Suarez, Nolan finally found the right mixture of punches.

He was able to open up a cut on Suarez in the second round of their fight, and the doctor ruled the fight couldn’t continue. Now, Nolan will have to try and create a winning streak by rematching with Suarez.

Suarez doesn’t have a dynamic record in combat sports. He is now 0-3 in his career’s professional bouts. During the first fight between the two men, Nolan landed 33 of the 72 punches he attempted. Suarez landed at a higher clip but wasn’t nearly as active.

Suarez landed 57.7 percent of his punches. Nolan throwing an average of 10 punches more per round played a big part in the fight. If Suarez wants to pervert the result, he will need to put together a more impressive gameplan.

Here’s a look at the other fights on the card not mentioned above:

  • Rohan Prado vs. Raymond Pell
  • Wayna Reid vs. Jim Pulgar
  • Dameko Labon vs. Jorge Bargallo
  • Julio Perez vs. Kory Moegenburg

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By Dean McHugh.