Connecticut's Perry Filkins stops former Strikeforce fighter Louis Taylor at Combat Zone 40
Middleweight prospect Perry Filkins (6-1) picked up the biggest win of his career on the undercard on Combat Zone 40. CZ 40 took place at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. A promising prospect out of the New England region of the US, Filkins beat down former Strikeforce fighter Louis Taylor (7-3) over the course of two rounds.
In round one Filkins peppered Taylor with punches and pressured him with a barrage of strikes. Taylor scored with a pair of takedown attempts but Filkins was able to make his way back to the feet with little damage. The second frame saw Filkins continue his assault in the stand-up game.
A combo punctuated with an uppercut dropped Taylor in back half of round two. Filkins unloaded with punches on a fallen Taylor until the referee stopped the bout at the 4:02 point of round two. The 23 year old Filkins has now won four straight bouts all via TKO.
At 185 pounds Filkins is a solid prospect to track out of the North East area of the US. Training out Miletich Fighting Systems NH, Filkins lone blemish on his record came at the hands of Team Bomb squad wrestler Cornelius Murray (3-1). Filkins ranks as a three star prospect who is a dangerous finsher and will gravitate to stronger competition in 2012.
Combat Zone 40 results
Tim Lightfoot def. Jay Parrin by Unanimous Decision
Lloyd Fernandes def. Cleon Hoggard by Unanimous Decision
Mike Materkowski def. Derek Shorey by Submission Rear Naked Choke 0:55 R2
Cody Anderson def. Ahsan Abdullah by TKO (Punches) 2:11 R1
Jared Cuomo def. Hassan Mahmood by Submission Brabo Choke 1:16 R2
David Spero def. Nick Berube by Split Decision
Peggy Morgan def. Fernanda Aurajo by Submission Armbar 2:54 R2
Zack Lange def. Walter Smith-Cotito by Unanimous Decision
Perry Filkins def. Louis Taylor by TKO (Punches) 4:02 R2
Ray Shawdee def. Brandon Cyr by KO (Punch) 1:17 R1
Don Carlo-Clauss def. John Ortolani by TKO (Punches) 2:53 R2
*Prospects to watch