|Johnston (L) taking on Sorgman (R) at BOTB.|
On the horn:
"(I wanted to) stay fresh until the third round,” Johnston told Matthew (SR) post-fight. "So that way I could catch him with his guard down like I did, and try to pick my shots."
(CONTINUED). . . PHOTOS & REVIEW
At the October 6 Battle of the Badges event in downtown Sacramento, Zach Bradley was scheduled to face Bubba “The Bull” Sorgman, until Bradley was involved in a tragic car accident that left him unable to compete. Gerald “Zeke” Johnston, a fighter with two amateur MMA bouts under his belt, stepped in for Bradley the night before.
|Johnston (Red Gloves) throwing punches during the bout.|
Sorgman, also a newcomer to amateur boxing, seemed concerned with the change in opponents, though still game to meet the challenge. Shawn Correa, co-owner of The Titan’s Cage, pitched Johnston as Bradley’s replacement.
|The finishing blow thrown by Johnston.|
In the first round, Johnston used his jab to control the distance, and his footwork to move in and out of striking range. Sorgman showed aggression, coming forward and finding some success with 1-2 and high-low combinations. However, Johnston’s footwork made him a difficult target to strike.
“I gotta admit, I was getting a little bit tired because that guy can punch a little bit,” Johnston told Matthew (www.srmma.com) post-fight. “My plan was not to get hurt by him, because he’s got hitting power, he can hit, I did take a couple. (I wanted to) stay fresh until the third round so that way I could catch him with his guard down like I did and try to pick my shots.”
|Johnston after getting the win.|
“Honestly, in my past two fights, wild hooks aren’t gonna get it done. My last fight was a loss to a good fighter, Thomas Fallon, and it just comes from wanting to get better,” Johnston told Matthew (www.srmma.com) pre-fight, “I wanna get better. I don’t like losing, I’m here to win.”