Local boxer a knockout in 'Brawl'
June 12, 2008 · Updated 1:55 PM
"Less than two weeks after being released from the Mason County Jail, Port Orchard's Mike Waters scored his third victory in four fights - his first by knockout - flooring Louis Sargent in the opening round.Sargent, visiting from Richmond, B.C., fell to the floor and when he got up, long after Bremerton referee Paul Fields tolled the fateful 10-count, his record fell to 1-4.Waters fought at 170 pounds, 10 pounds heavier than his last appearance in a pro ring here, when he won a split decision in August of 1997 at the Clearwater Casino. But it's hard to reach peak condition in jail.Waters' victory took place on the undercard of the Backyard Brawl II, a six-bout show held Saturday night at the Kitsap Pavilion near the Fairgrounds.The main event was a stirring 10-round fight between Bremerton's Brock Stodden and Shelby Pudwill, of Mandan, N.D. The 25-year-old Pudwill brought an 11-1 record into the bout and a confident attitude - he and his trainers had predicted an early knockout - but Stodden literally punched the confidence out of the visitor and broke his nose in the bargain.Stodden also knocked Pudwill down in the third and seventh rounds.But Pudwill threw more punches than Stodden and opened a nasty cut over Stodden's eye with either a left hook or an accidental butt (depending on who you talked to after the bout).The official decision was a draw.Stodden threw the heavier punches but Pudwill threw more of them and hit his target more often.Although Stodden supporters in the crowd thought their man had been jobbed, both fighters hugged after the brutal bout that covered the ring canvas in blood from a gash behind Pudwill's right ear, Pudwill's broken nose and the cut over Stodden's eye which required eight stitches.Stodden's record is now 8-5-1.In the sole ladies' event on the six-bout card, Suzanne McDaniel of Boise, Idaho, raised her record level (2-2) by battering Jenny Miller, also of Mandan, N.D., over the course of four rounds.McDaniel hit Miller repeatedly with her left jab, bloodying the smaller, younger woman's nose and reddening her face."