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Kentucky boxer adds championship belt

November 6, 2018

CATTLETSBURG, Ky. — Bill Yates added another championship belt to his collection Saturday night.

The heavyweight boxer from Grayson, Kentucky, scored a unanimous decision over Anthony Trotter in the main event at the Fall Brawl at the Boyd County Community Center to capture the vacant WBF North American Boxing heavyweight crown. The fight went eight rounds. Yates already had the East Coast Kentucky Heavyweight crown.

The taller Trotter had the size advantage, forcing Yates to get inside when he could to score.

“I had to struggle to reach him,” Yates said in between posing for photos with fans. “It was get in when I had the chance. He’d wrap me up and we’d have to start all over.”

The judges scored the fight 78-74, 79-73 and 79-73 all for Yates.

“I never felt in trouble. I felt I had every round,” Yates said.

Yates (4-2) rocked Trotter with a left hook to the head in the seventh round.

“He did a good job with the jab. He backed me up,” Yates said of Trotter (2-3). “I got in that time and got him.”

For Yates, this was a second straight strong showing after losing a decision to Dell Long in a November 2017 fight.

As for the future, Yates is not sure when he’ll be in the ring again.

“We’ll see what the WBF wants me to do,” Yates said. “We’ll more forward.”

In the co-main event, Portland Pringle scored a decision over Adam Collins of Ironton to win the East Coast Kentucky Cruiserweight crown. For Collins, 42, this was his final fight.

“Threw a right in the first round and felt my shoulder go out,” Collins said. “It was like fighting with one hand from that point. I did all I could but he’s a tough fighter.”

In earlier bouts, Dave Griffith won a decision over Turner Williams at cruiserweight and Larry Knight got a decision over Chris Brown at heavyweight.

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