Freeman falls in Top Catz show in Durham

Bryant goes to 4-0 with 4th KO

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DURHAM — Wilson boxer Jamar Freeman suffered a surprising setback as Jeremy Ramos pulled out a narrow, but unanimous decision 59-55, 59-55, 58-56 in their middleweight bout that served as the headliner for Top Catz Boxing/Raging Babe Thursday Night Fights at the Durham Armory.

Freeman, in losing for the first time in North Carolina, dropped to 15-6-2 while Ramos, a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Colorado, upped his record to 10-5.

“I needed to throw more punches tonight,” Freeman said in a release from Top Catz. “I wasn’t active. I felt like I did enough to win, but I should have been busier with my hands.”

Ramos staggered Freeman in the fifth round but Freeman came back in the sixth and final round with a series of combinations that put Ramos on his heels. However, it was too late for Freeman to sway the judges.

“It was so much fun fighting here, and we hope to come back,” Ramos said afterward. “I am not much of a talker, but I let my fist do the talking in the ring tonight. We came here and did what we were supposed to. I am so excited!”

Also on the 10-bout card, Wilson light heavyweight Austin Bryant remained unbeaten through four matches with an impressive first-round technical knockout of Lawrence Gabriel, who had won his only pro fight going in.

It was Bryant’s fourth knockout win as a pro.

One of Bryant’s Top Catz colleagues, Anthony Sonnier, also won his fight. Sonnier improved to 2-0 with his second knockout, stopping Sean O’Malley in the second round.

Durham resident Marko Bailey claimed a decision over previously unbeaten Vinny Deniero in a lightweight matchup while Donnie Marshall also rose to 4-0 in taking a four-round decision over Carltavius Johnson.

Top Catz announced that its next show is set for Thursday, June 22, back at the Durham Armory.