In what was a highly anticipated match-up between Devonte Smith (5-1) and at the time undefeated Damonte Robinson (4-1). Smith was looking to rebound from his first loss of his professional career. He suffered a tough loss to undefeated John Gunther at Big Guns 22 earlier this year.
Not looking for an easy match-up in his first fight after the loss, Smith accepted the fight with Robinson. At IT Fight Series 74 Smith put his ground game on display as he earned his first submission win as a professional. The win moves Smith up the prospect ladder as well as the rankings. Prior to the win, Smith was ranked 7th in Ohio and 72nd in the Midwest in the lightweight division by Tapology.
In the co-main event, Jose Martinez (3-0) of Lorain, Ohio kept his unblemished record intact as he took the decision win over Brian Akins (1-2). The loss left Akins with devasted as he posted to Facebook following the fight. “I’m taking time off until further notice, Akins further explained. “I appreciate and love all of you continued supporters around the world.”
In the featured professional bout, Josh Fremd (1-0) was victorious in his professional debut stopping Warren Roberds (1-1) midway through the second round. In a sign of respect and sportsmanship, Roberds took to social media with, “My hats off to Josh Fremd.” He followed it with, “Congratulations, that was a hard fought win.” Roberds received 7 stitches from the battle that he endured with Fremd.
Below is the rest of the results from IT Fight Series 74.
Juwan Minniefield (1-0) vs. Matt Morahan (0-0)
Winner: Juwan Minniefield by TKO (strikes), 2:20 of Rd 1
Emmanuel Brenner (0-0) vs. Michael Freeman (0-1)
Winner: Emmanuel Brenner by TKO (strikes), 0:38 of Rd 1
Ryan Santana (0-0) vs. Furious Guerrieri (0-0)
Winner: Ryan Santana by TKO (strikes), 2:13 of Rd 1
Cody Lewis (3-3) vs. Josh Hillman (2-2)
Winner: Cody Lewis by Submission (armbar), 2:09 of Rd 1
Trenton Zdarko (1-1) vs. RJ Perry (0-0)
Winner: Trenton Zdarko by TKO (strikes), 1:10 of Rd 1
Hope Chase (1-0) vs. Zoe Wolfe (2-1)
Winner: Hope Chase by TKO (strikes), 2:18 of Rd 1
Khazrat Begmurodov (0-1) vs. Dakota Granitsas (0-0)
Winner: Khazrat Begmurodov by KO, 0:08 of Rd 1
Brandon Birr (2-0) vs. Paul Freeland (3-1)
Winner: Brandon Birr by TKO (strikes), 1:46 of Rd 1
Jeremiah Slagle (2-0) vs. Dan Stevenson (6-0)
Winner: Jeremiah Slagle by TKO (strikes), 2:51 of Rd 1
Allison Ainley (4-2) vs. Brigid Bridey (2-1)
Winner: Allison Ainley by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Josh Fremd (0-0) vs. Warren Roberds (1-0)
Winner: Josh Fremd by TKO (strikes), 2:23 of Rd 2
Jose Martinez (2-0) vs. Brian Akins (1-1)
Winner: Jose Martinez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Devonte Smith (4-1) vs. Damonte Robinson (4-0)
Winner: Devonte Smith by Submission (triangle), 2:35 of Rd 1
IT Fight Series is back in action this weekend with IT Fight Series 75. Stay tuned to the event page for more information.
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