Photo Gallery | Northeast Wrestling "Wrestling Under the Stars" at Wahconah Park
PITTSFIELD >> Dalton native Todd "The Punisher" Poulton will end his celebrity boxing career on top, announcing his retirement after a third-round knockout of "Dangerous" Daniel Evans at Wahconah Park on Friday.
Poulton unleashed a flurry of punches late in the round, connecting with a powerful cross to Evans' chin, dropping him to the canvas. Poulton ends his career with a 12-1 record.
"That fighter is so strong," Poulton said of Evans. "I give my shirt off to that guy. He was a great fighter. ... My hand is broke I hit him so hard, but he just didn't want to go [down].
"But this is it, I'm all done. I've got to train kids."
Poulton was overcome with emotion after the fight as friends and family gathered around to congratulate him. He's donating the purse of the fight to Christian Vonberg, a Wahconah Regional High School student that's battling brain cancer. Vonberg entered the ring after the fight to celebrate with Poulton as well.
The bout was the penultimate event of "Wrestling Under the Stars" and over 2,000 people gathered at historic Wahconah Park to take in the event. Many young fans were dressed in wrestling shirts, masks and face paint, chanting loudly throughout. Poulton's nephew, Matthew 12, of Brunswick, Maine, was delighted when "The Punisher" delivered the knockout blow.
"It was really cool — that last move — he ducked under the swing and knocked him out," the younger Poulton said. "I didn't know what was going to happen. When I saw [Evans] go down, I wasn't expecting it. But I was really happy."
Former WWE stars Jeff and Matt Hardy wrestled in separate singles matches, with both winning. WWE star Mick Foley made a cameo appearance, assisting Jerry "The King" Lawler in his victory. Lawler and Cody Rhodes seemed to draw the loudest ovations from the crowd. Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Mandy Leon won a co-ed tag team match, as well.
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