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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Charles Conwell of the 4 State Franchise improved to 6-0 with a six-round unanimous decision over Roque Zapata here Friday, Nov. 10.
Conwell, fighting in his hometown for the first time since 2015, was part of a quadruple header on a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast.
Conwell dropped Zapata four times, but the Panamanian super welterweight kept bouncing backup.
“I got the unanimous decision, dropped the guy three times (twice in the third round),” Conwell said in a text message. “He was tough.”
That was the first time Zapata, a former MMA fighter, had been taken down in his nine-fight ring career.
Effective body shots allowed Conwell to inflict most of the damage.
According to Showtime statistics, body shots accounted for 80 of Conwell’s 175 total connects and 75 of his 150 power punches. He averaged 77 punches per round.
A right cross dropped Zapata the first time in the third round, then Conwell used a right cross for the second.
Zapata survived a staggering combination of a left hook to the body then a left hook to the chin in the fifth.
“My game plan was to throw some jabs and go to the body, and I think I accomplished that,” Conwell said in a Showtime press release. “My jab was key tonight. I would love to keep fighting on television. I want to showcase my skills.”
Judges Brian Kennedy and Phil Rogers had Conwell winning 60-51 and Pat Casey scored it 60-53.
“Tonight I had the chance to experience Charles Conwell fight in his hometown,” promoter Tony Holden said. “He has tremendous support from his vocal fans. He looked amazing for his national television debut.
“I must say I am blessed and humbled to have this talented young athlete signed as a member of our Four State Franchise.”
Conwell said he’s eager to fight again in Miami.
“I can’t wait to get back.”
The loss dropped Zapata to 4-2-3.
“I survived, so I'm happy,” Zapata said. “I went the distance with an Olympian and that was the plan. I should've done better and cut my angles more instead of standing right in front of him, but I'm proud I went the full distance."
The 10-round main event saw another Clevelander, Yuandale Evans (20-1, 14 KOs), log a split decision win over Luis Rosa (23-1, 11 KOs) in a battle of featherweights.
Evans was part of an April show at Buffalo Run Casino and Resort that saw him pin the first loss on Australian Billel Dib.
The co-main event saw Russian welterweight standout Radzhab Butaev (8-0, 6 KOs; WSB: 9-1) earn a unanimous decision over Colombia’s previously unbeaten Janer Gonzalez (18-1-1, 15 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
The other televised fight saw heavyweight Junior Fa (13-0, 8 KOs) knock out Fred Latham (9-1-2, 5 KOs just 67 seconds into the fight.
Conwell’s brother, Isaiah Steen, improved to 10-0 with a third-round TKO over Eduardo Flores on the undercard.