In his first professional Mixed Martial Arts fight, Warrensburg’s own Lenny Baker delivers a punch shortly before knocking out Judah Ciervo of Philadelphia in the first round. The matchup was held June 30 in the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
continued “It was a big, exciting night for all of us,” Rafferty said, noting that in Baker’s post-fight interview, he not only thanked his family and friends for their support, but he dedicated the fight to his aunt Becky Hitchcock of Thurman, who recently passed away.
“Family means everything to Lenny,” Rafferty said. “It meant a lot for him to win the match in her honor.”
Rafferty noted that Baker’s earnings are likely to build as he moves forward, getting matched up with ever more experienced fighters.
Baker is scheduled to fight again this November, either at Borgata Casino or at Resorts Casino.
Rafferty predicted that having one fight behind him would prove helpful.
“This first match was a good learning experience, but in the next fight, Lenny will be more relaxed,” Rafferty said. “He’s got a momentum going at this point.”