CN citizen wins 2nd pro boxing bout
Cherokee Nation citizen Wesley Nofire has his hands raised in victory after defeating David Fuller on Nov. 18 at the Xtreme Fight Night at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. WILL CHAVEZ/PHOENIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Wesley Nofire watches his opponent go down in the first round at Xtreme Fight Night on Nov. 18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CATOOSA, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Wesley Nofire earned his second win as a professional heavyweight boxer in dominating fashion over Tahlequah native David Fuller on Nov. 18 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa’s “The Joint.”
As part of Dale “Apollo” Cook’s Xtreme Fight Night, Nofire knocked out Fuller in 41 seconds of the first round with a right hand. The bout was scheduled for four, 3-minute rounds.
“I just walked out there and got a good look at our opponent and felt him out real quick,” Nofire said. “I was seeing if he was going to rush at me or stand there and box. He stayed back at first and I hit him with a few nice jabs. The moment he rushed in, I gave myself some distance and I hit him with a few more jabs. Then I saw an opening for a right, I landed it and that was the end of the fight.”
Cook said he believes in Nofire and is excited to promote him, but expressed concerns about his opponent before the fight.
“He’s against a guy they call the 300-pound Smashing Machine,” Cook said. “He can’t get hit by that guy. He’s going to have to prove he has boxing skill.”
The Sequoyah High School graduate got his first professional win also at “The Joint” on Aug. 26 with a first round knockout.
Although Nofire has plans on boxing in other venues, he said whenever he’s in Tulsa he would box at “The Joint” in front of a home crowd and Cherokee fans.
His father Sherman said he is proud to see his son become a professional boxer and represent his tribe in a positive way.
“That’s something he (Wes) really feels strongly about and wants to do, is represent the tribe real well,” Sherman said. “He’s proud of his heritage and that is really important to him.”
“The Joint,” located inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, recently celebrated its first birthday in September and has quickly become a premiere music venue in the area. However, the Xtreme Fight Night event has gained just as much attention from fans.
Nov. 18 marked the fifth time “The Joint” has hosted XFN, and Danny Finnerty, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa entertainment director, said it has progressed.
“The card has improved each and every time,” he said. “Also, from a production standpoint, I think we’ve gotten a little bit better of what we’re doing. We’ve tweaked and tuned it a little better and so every time I think we’ve improved.”
Finnerty added that anyone who has been to an XFN event could compare it to a Las Vegas-style production with lighting grid, the virtual studio with video screens and the ability to provide instant replays for the crowd.
Cook designed XFN specifically for “The Joint,” showcasing boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. He said many fighters in the Tulsa area want to fight at “The Joint.”
“Every fighter anywhere around here wants to fight on this card,” Cook said. “It’s the biggest, the best, the most prestigious fighting event in the state of Oklahoma.”
For more information on Nofire, visit his Facebook page
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