“Boom Boom” is back.
Local favorite and ISKA champion Randy “Boom Boom” Blake returned from a layoff with a fourth round stoppage win over Manny Mancha Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The bout headlined the XFN 347 event at the River Spirit Casino and was streamed worldwide on Fite TV.
The fight between the two GLORY kickboxing veterans was a classic matador versus bull match up. Mancha, a hard hitting southpaw, came straight ahead and looked to land his hyped left hand. The quicker Blake caught him coming in with jabs and good right hands, and countered an inside low kick with a right that dropped Mancha late in the first round. Mancha got up but was still dazed and the bell may have saved him.
Blake continued to catch Mancha coming forward in the second round. Mancha would occasionally land but the better shots were clearly Blake’s. Mancha tried to score with some knees from the clinch in the third but Blake had his guard up. Both men appeared to feel the effects of the pace. In the fourth, Blake landed a counter right over a Mancha left that dropped the California fighter. Mancha beat the count but was still groggy, and the fight was waved off.
“That’s the best of me yet. I had a lot of things going on. A lot of stress you know? Going back into training camp. After last time, I didn’t get a chance to fight. I didn’t take any time off. I put in 15 weeks for this camp. I knew I had five more rounds left in me,” Blake said in the post fight interview.
“I been hit harder but he did a good job by keeping the pressure,” he said when asked about how he prepared for Mancha’s pressuring style and the power of his left hand. “We knew what he was going to do which was throw that left hand constantly and throw that left kick. And he does a great job so hat’s off to Manny. The game plan for this fight was be first, be last. That I did do.”
Blake improves to 35-4 with the win. Mancha slips to 12-3.
Undercard Kickboxing Results:
Alfred “Freight Train” Walker KO2 Ramon Barber (3 x 3, 150lbs)
Walker, who hails from nearby Muskogee, Oklahoma, won an eight man tournament last year. Barber defeated Walker in a boxing match a few years ago, and this was an opportunity for Walker to settle the score. Walker was the quicker fighter and landed some nice combinations in the first round. A hard knee to the body finished off Barber in the second after Walker hurt him downstairs. Walker spoke of possibly fighting in Japan in October in the post fight interview. Walker is now 14-1. Barber is 8-6.
Malcom Hill UD3 Chis’lon Collins (3 x 3, 145lbs)
Hill pressed the action, and got the better of Collins in a battle of debuting pros. Hill backed up Collins to the fence and threw some nice combinations, and also scored with some solid low kicks on the outside.
Obinwa Ikebanna KO1 Brett Richison (3 x 2, amateur)
Both fighters started cautiously, working low kicks and sizing each other up. Ikebanna threw a right uppercut that missed and a left hook, then a follow up right head kick that landed on the hands down Richison. Richison hit the deck and looked groggy, and the bout was immediately waved off.
James Oliver TKO3 Trenton Barr (3 x 2, amateur, 145lbs)
Oliver was too much for the debuting Barr. The taller southpaw was able to land long left hands on Barr, and scored a knockdown in the second. In the third, Oliver was dominating, and after he landed some solid knees to the body, the referee stepped in to rescue the fading Barr.
The fights were held in an MMA cage. XFN events feature both kickboxing and MMA fights.