PITTSFIELD — Rowdy fans at Wahconah Park were treated to a double main event as part of Northeast Wrestling's "Wrestling Under the Stars" on Friday Night.
The event featured several action-packed matches including a 12-man Royal Rumble, and an appearance by wrestling legend "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
Jack Swagger defended his NEW title against Brad Hollister in the first main event.
The night was capped by the retirement fight of local boxing legend Todd "The Punisher" Poulton in a rematch against "Dangerous" Danny Evans.
Poulton, 55, wasted no time vanquishing Evans, using a swift left hook to send his opponent to the canvas early in the second round. After the match, an emotional Poulton addressed the crowd.
The celebrity boxing champion donated the purse of the fight to Pittsfield police officer James Losaw and his family. Losaw's son, Landen, passed away from GBM (Glioblastoma multiforme), a rare form of brain cancer, in August 2017 at age nine.
"I'm done. I'm done for good. No Brett Favre," Poulton said in the ring after the fight.
Poulton took time to thank his friends and family for allowing him to return to the ring one last time. He hangs up his gloves with a 14-1 record.
"That was amazing," young fan J.D. Guzman, 11, said of watching Poulton defeat Evans. "That single strike was incredible."
The crowd was sizable at the historic park on Wahconah Street. Fans stretched across almost all the bleachers, and the field seats were packed with onlookers.
The popular "HOOO" and "U-S-A" chants of Jim Duggan echoed throughout the night. Superfans like Nate Shute, 29, of North Adams, even brought Duggan's signature 2 x 4 for the WWE Hall-of-Famer to sign.
Shute also carried a letter from the event promoter giving him clearance to carry the piece of lumber into the park.
"I gave [Duggan] the 2 x 4 to sign and I gave him a thank you card," Shute said. "I like Northeast Wrestling, and most of the wrestlers I'm friends with on Facebook. I used to go back when North Adams did it back at St. Anthony's church. They came back to Pittsfield and I love it here now."
The night seemed to thrill the rambunctious spectators. For Poulton, fighting his final bout in front of his home crowd made the event even more special.
With his fighting career over, Poulton said he plans on going into fight promotion with friend A.J. Vittone.
"It's been a long career but that was worth it," he said. "I promised to God, my wife, all my kids — that's it.
"I know I've got great fans. ... What a ride."
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