Pittston Area graduate Gary Peters may be known to local MMA fans as “Mr. Freeze”, but he heated up quick when he entered the cage last Saturday night at Cage Fight 7 at the Ice Box in Scranton.
Peters won his cage fight against “Dangerous” Wayne Jurus of Hazleton by unanimous decision in a 170-pound welterweight bout in front of almost 3,500 fans in his fourth amateur fight.
Jurus landed two heavy punches early and managed to knock down Peters. However, Peters came back strong and Jurus was in trouble. Peters landed a series of left and right jabs and eventually put Jurus into the corner of the cage.
Peters refused to let up from there and crushed Jurus with a series of body shots to ensure he wasn’t going to get up off the mat. When, Jurus finally escaped, Peters responded by lifting Jurus up and slamming him to the mat.
Round two wasn’t much different for the resident of Hanover Twp. He controlled Jurus the entire round thanks to an early take down. Peters did all he could to choke out Jurus, but he was unable to get Jurus to tap.
Peters gained an early takedown in the third round and kept Jurus on the mat for the remainder of the bout. Peters finished the win with bone crushing body punches to the sides of Jurus.
When the final bell rung the judges gave the unanimous to decision to Peters.
It is safe to say Peters was well prepared for this fight. In addition to his countless hours of training, he also was able to watch film on his opponent. He also increased his boxing training in the weeks leading up to the fight. He knew Jurus was going to punch hard so he wanted to be extra prepared.
“I knew he was a striker, so I knew I would have to box,” Peters said. “I was confident, because I have really worked on my boxing after my last loss.”
Peters had no problem taking punches from Jurus and he delivered them even harder. His hard punches helped him put Jurus on the mat and keep him there.
“It felt great to win,” Peters said. “I felt like I was able to control the bout once I had him on the mat.”
Also in action at Cage Fight 7 was former Wyoming Area wrestler Rich Gates. The 6-foot, 170-pound 190year old was unable to rack up his third win, but he did deliver some heavy blows.
Phillip Parish of Corning, NY defeated Gates by unanimous decision.
Parish controlled the majority of the fight with his heavy striking. However, late in the first round Gates picked up Parish and sent him to the mat with a board echoing takedown.
Gates also landed some solid knees to the body of Parish in the second round. But, the third round was all Parish and when the final bell rang the judges gave the unanimous decision to Parish.
Gates dropped to 2-1 as an amateur.
In other bouts, Evan Bates of Dingmans Ferry defeated Greg Wolfe of Williamsport at the 2:06 mark of the first round by way of rear naked choke hold, and Chase Owens of Freeland defeated Matthew Perez of Tobyhanna for the Cage Fight Series Welterweight Championship by way of guillotine choke hold just 56 seconds into the first round.
In the battle for the Cage Fight Light Heavyweight Championship belt, Martin Wojnarowski of Mayfield defeated Anthony Chicone of Philadelphia by unanimous decision. Wojnarowski controlled the entire match by delivering a series of bone crushing body punches. Wojnarowski also had three big takedowns and almost forced Chicone to tap out of a choke hold. Chicone did land some heavy punches and hard knees at the beginning of the match. However, it was all Wojnarowski for the remainder of the fight as he captured the unanimous decision.
In the main event, Joel Roberts of Slatington defeated Scott Heckman by way of rear naked choke late in the second round. Heckman controlled the entire match, but Roberts delivered a heavy right hook to Heckman’s face and Heckman was down. Roberts finished Heckman with a rear naked choke and the fight was over.