Friday night in Lawton, Oklahoma, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Comanche Nation Casino, George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah and South Carolina's Thomas Brown engaged in a sensational two-way battle that had the crowd on the feet throughout the scheduled ten rounder.
The Tahdooahnippah/Brown battle, for the IBA Continental Americas Middleweight Championship, was the main event of "PUNCH OUT", promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
Fighting at a fast pace from the opening bell with each combatant finding success through the first four stanzas, Tahdooahnippah rocked Brown at the end of round five with a huge left hook, thrilling his hometown fans.
The clash came to an abrupt halt in round eight however, when a clash of heads caused a severe cut on the scalp of Tahdooahnippah midway through the eighth round.
Scores at the time of the stoppage were 77-75 Tahdooahnippah, 77-75 Brown and 76-76 resulting in the split decision draw.
Tahdooahnippah's record moves to 31-1-2 (23KO's), while Brown heads to 15-4-2 (9KO's).
On the undercard, Oklahoma City's Edwin Williams improved to 2-0-0 (1KO) with a second round stoppage of Lawton's Jose Gualderrama,
1-2-0 in their scheduled four round junior welterweight tilt.
In a scheduled four round female junior featherweight bout, Norman, Oklahoma's Tiffany Alexander, 1-1-1, picked up her first win when Sheena Chaney, 1-4-1 (1KO), of Oklahoma City retired in the second round from a knee injury.
In the heavyweight division, Houston's Maurenzo Smith improved to 12-7-2 (9KO's), with a second round stoppage of Ty Cobb, 16-5-0 (9KO's) of Wichita Falls, Texas.
In a well fought special attraction armed forces 175lb amateur bout, Daniel Logan from the US Air Force won a 3 round decision over Juan Hollingsworth of the US Army.