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West Forks brothers emerge victorious in 1st bout on same boxing card

Body shots were the weapon of choice for brothers Brandon and Gordon Berry on Saturday night as the boxing brothers from West Forks each achieved a significant career goal during a card at the Skowhegan Community Center.

Brandon “The Cannon” Berry, the 34-year-old who promoted the show, won his second Universal Boxing Organization championship belt in the main event, knocking out previously undefeated Juan Maniuel Witt of Argentina in the sixth round to capture the vacant UBO International super welterweight title.

Gordon Berry, 40, returned to the boxing ring after a 12-year layoff to make his professional debut and scored a first-round technical knockout victory over 35-year-old Lucinei Santos, a Brazilian now living and fighting out of Concord, New Hampshire.

The younger Berry used his jab to work inside Witt’s defenses at the start of their scheduled 10-round championship bout, then spent much of the evening pressing the workshop Witt into the corners and against the ropes and then landing punishing left and right hooks to the body.

“I never would have said it in the past, but I guess I’ve turned into a body puncher. I really enjoy working the body, and it’s partially because I’m usually at a disadvantage with height, I’m usually fighting taller guys,” Berry said.

“At the weigh-ins I found out he was much taller than I thought, so I thought that if this was a guy who I could get to his body it might pay dividends in the later rounds, and really it did. I was able to land some good body punches early.”

Witt bounced back in rounds three and four, landing several clean punches while on the counter-attack, but Berry remained the aggressor and continued to wear down his opponent.

“I didn’t know what to expect as far as the longevity of the fight but I planned on going 10 rounds with him,” Berry said. “He was going to push me to my limits, and he did. He hurt me to the body, too, so I had to be cautious.”

Berry’s body work finally paid off in the sixth round, producing his first knockdown midway through the three-minute period with a short right hand to the head as he pressed Witt against the ropes.

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