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Lafayette's Scypion closes out Paragon undercard with easy win

By Sean P. McCrory
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MARKSVILLE -- Not yet ready for his close-up, Lafayette native Wilford Scypion Jr. closed out a full night of boxing Friday night with a quick wrap on his journeyman opponent.

Fighting in the sixth bout of the night, Scypion took the ring just minutes after the ESPN2 cameras had gone black on the ESPN "Friday Night Fights" event at the Paragon Casino Resort.

Running his record to 5-0, Scypion chased and banged Billy Outley of Shreveport from the start in their junior middleweight bout, with the referee stopping the fight at 1 minute and 13 seconds in the second round. The loss dropped Outley, who was left crouching and ducking at the end of the fight, to 13-47-2.

"One punch can change a fight," Scypion said after the fight, the second he had fought within a week after a victorious round in Lake Charles on Feb. 23.

Scypion said the fight should have ended in the first after he knocked down Outley, leading to a standing eight-count, and then left Outley sprawled on the mat as that round ended -- the result of a push by Scypion, according to the referee.

Scypion now hopes to "keep moving up, just enjoy what I'm doing," though he said he'd like to fight some longer bouts.

Earlier in the night, Kenny Galarza of Ponce, Puerto Rico, used a strong left jab to stop David Maund of Columbus, Ohio, with a TKO 2:21 into the third round of their junior welterweight fight. The victory ran Galarza's record to 4-0, with all victories on KO, and dropped Maund's record to 4-16-1.

Galarza said through a translator that he had to develop his left jab after hurting his right hand during training.

In the second fight of the night, Mike Martinez of Bryan, Texas, beat Fernando Chacon of Houston in a unanimous decision, scored 60-54 by all three judges after six rounds of middleweight action. The victory ran Martinez's record to 6-2 and dropped Chacon's to 3-13-2.

Martinez, who attributed his ability to stay strong throughout the fight to his exercise regimen and "lifestyle," said that despite being on the ropes, he was able to stay in control.

I was "trying to set him up but not leave any openings," Martinez said.

In the fourth undercard fight of the night, Jesus Pabon of San Juan, Puerto Rico, topped Daniel Garcia of Houston with a unanimous decision, scored 78-72 by all three judges after eight rounds of junior welterweight boxing.

·  Town Talk reporter RT Morgan contributed to this report.