Brinkley pounds out unanimous decision in Reno
July 11, 2009
RENO – Boxing fans had to wait until nearly midnight to see their hometown hero win.
Yerington’s Jesse Brinkley pounded out a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Paschall before a crowd of 2,236 Friday at the Reno Events Center. He improved to 34-5.
With the Brinkley fight starting so late, the fans who showed up early got to see a long undercard.
The Hinkey brothers, Tyler and Derek, delivered the biggest drama early.
Tyler Hinkey provided the first upset of the night, but he was on the losing end of things.
Although the heavyweight was the aggressor much of the fight, Hinkey lost in a split decision, with two judges ruling in favor of his opponent Andrae Carthron (3-2-2, 1 KO), and other declaring it a draw.
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“I thought I landed the harder punches, but maybe I didn’t throw enough,” said Hinkey, who hails from McDermitt. “It’s just whatever the judges liked, and apparently they didn’t like whatever I did.”
Hinkey (5-1-1, 4 KOs) connected on two body blows in the first round that sent Carthron in protection mode. But Carthron used a steady jab throughout the fight to keep Hinkey from scoring the big shot.
“I think what might have played a part in it, and I don’t want to point fingers, is inactivity,” said Hinkey, who officially weighed 258 pounds. “I didn’t fight since January. It’s my fault. I could have been home; I could have been training a little bit harder. I was sitting on my butt for maybe two weeks too long.”
The judges’ decision was met by boos by a crowd that was pro-Hinkey, but the crowd wasn’t so kind for his brother Derek Hinkey’s decision. The older of the two Hinkeys earned a unanimous decision over Loren Myers in a six-round middleweight bout, but it was Myers who looked like he controlled the match.
Hinkey spent much of his time, as his been his style during his brief pro career, with his hands around his waist, but this time part of the reason was because he hurt his left hand early in the fight.
“I tried to jump on him and as soon as it happened, I knew it,” Hinkey said. “God blessed it, but my hand’s gone. You could tell the jab wasn’t out like (it normally is); it was more of a pop or a snap … I even went southpaw a couple of times. You know, you’ve got to deal with these things.”
In the co-main event, Rustam Nugaev won a technical knockout when Orlando Membreno’s corner threw in the towel 1 minute, 19 seconds into the sixth round.
Matt Remillard gave the crowd its third quick fight of the night when he flattened Tyler Ziolowski 1 minute, 30 seconds into the first round. Remillard connected on a left-handed uppercut to his chin that sent the junior lightweight to the floor.
Remillard moved to 18-0 with 10 KOs and said during the post-fight, in-ring interview that he was looking to move up in the rankings and hopefully secure a title shot. He is the 29th-ranked junior lightweight in the world.