Feb. 13 – The freight train passed through the Civic Center on Saturday evening and on its way out let about 150 people pass in search of photos.
In between was this little matter of his comeback fight in MMA.
Alfred Walker dealt with it quicker, throwing a punch at 2:30 of the first round at Pocola’s Colton Hamm while pinning him against the cage. This followed a flurry of punches that finally put Hamm there, where the referee stopped him.
Not only was the line of photos longer than Walker’s fight, but also his acceptance speech to Muskogee, prepared and read by himself on his cellphone.
“I want them to see the potential in themselves,” he said. “That’s why I’m here. We didn’t know what the outcome of all of this would be, but to show up, see the crowd, hear the crowd, I’m honored and blessed to be in this situation, coming from Muskogee.”
On his knockout?
“Like I said, I’m not planning anything. Anything that opens up, I’ll take it. That’s exactly what you’re looking for. When we were up against the cage, his face was exposed and I thought to myself, I had to kill him.”
Walker, at 34 trying to make a second charge in MMA after going 12-1 in kickboxing, took his record to 8-5 overall. Hamm is 4-5.
The next step ?
I’m just going to try to do great things here and across the state for a while,” Walker said.
Walker and River City teammate Steven Moore both picked up the win. Moore, who now lives at Warner via Minnesota, was ahead on points when an arm bar on opponent Issac Sifuentes apparently caused the Dimmitt, Texas fighter to break his wrist, stopping the fight at 3. :35 of the first round.
The two professional fights were scheduled in four rounds.
“I thought I was going to finish him with one of those submissions, but he’s pretty good and was coming out of all of them,” he said. “I put him on the ground and said I was going to finish him pretty quickly, but he was rolling with everything.
“I pulled pretty hard on that arm bar (hold) and I felt his arm start to go. He kind of hit me with his other arm and just gave up and told me what’s up. had passed.”
Moore, who came to Oklahoma through family ties to train with River City coach Ty Pilgrim, thinks it’s a good choice.
“My family is from this area, I love training here and I love it here,” he said, adding he hopes to fight again in the next two months.
Moore is now 2-2. Sifuentes fell to 1-3.
Moore and Walker’s wins were the only professional matches. A seven-fight, three-round-per-fight amateur card preceded them. These results :
Keeton Wheeler, Arkansas def. Stormy Charlton, Oklahoma, submission.
Oscar James, Jenks, Dec. Michael Korves, Mo. (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).
Jaden Gwaltney, Jenks, def. Dylan Hale, Eufaula, TKO, 1:24, 2.
Jenna Deatherage, Little Rock, Ark., def. Megan Roddie, Round Rock, Texas, KO, 1:24, 3.
Wyatt Goade, Exeter, Missouri, Dec. Derek Alexander, Tulsa, split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28).
Adan Torres, Jenks, def. Caleb Fowler, Fort Smith, Ark., TKO, 1:29, 3rd.
Malik Thompson, Tulsa, def. Harley Foster, Muldrow, split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).