Jackhammer Promotions Fight or Flight fight card occurred Saturday night at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh, New York. In the main event, Jesse McBroom left the broom at home and brought the bat to the cage as he laid some wood to Keith Nesbitt in the championship bout. The co-main was a year in the making, as the Queen of New York tournament finals took place with Kelly Boyle and Paige DiBartolo. DiBartolo battled her way to the throne. Fight or Flight featured eight bouts on a pay-per-view event that streamed on the Jackhammer Promotions official website, Jackhammerfights.com.
McBroom and Nesbitt headlined the Fight or Flight fight card tonight at the beautiful Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall. McBroom and Nesbitt fought for the New York State K1 championship. McBroom came out like a bull in a china shop when he blasted Nesbitt with numerous strikes to the head. It took less than 90 seconds for McBroom to finish Nesbitt. After a couple of knockdowns, and Nesbitt’s eyes rattling around his head, veteran referee Chris Molena waved his hands in the air as Nesbitt lied hopeless on the canvas. The Campbell Kickboxing fighter dropped thunderous strikes to the skull of his opponent which eventually led to the victory.
Nesbitt announced his retirement before the fight. The combat sports community thanks him for his career. We wish him luck in the next chapter of his life.
McBroom went to work like Cinderella with a broom, as he swept the soul of Nesbitt out of the cage. McBroom defeated Nesbitt via Knockout in round one at 1:25. He is the 175-pound NYS kickboxing champion.
The co-main event has been on hold for over a year due to the pandemic. The eight-women tournament reached its culmination Saturday night as the finals took place between two rising prospects in the female kickboxing scene.
Paige DiBartolo battled Kelly Boyle for three rounds. DiBartolo captured all three rounds according to the judges as she worked her way to a 30-27 unanimous decision across the board. For three rounds, the Ronin MMA fighter pushed forward landing a higher volume of significant strikes. Back Boyle up with a stiff jab and utilized her height advantage with a powerful overhand right.
Boyle found success with her jab and front kick. Early in the bout, Boyle landed several body kicks. However, her body kicks would be caught by DiBartolo and used to drive Boyle onto the canvas. Throughout the three rounds, Boyle absorbed a higher volume of significant strikes. In the third, the Jay Issac-trained athlete turned up the heat and forced Boyle’s back against the cage where she landed several devastating blows. DiBartolo appeared to have Boyle on the verge of suffering a TKO.
DiBartolo conquered all aspects of the fight and was crowned the Queen of New York. She’s the first champion of the inaugural Jackhammer Promotions women’s tournament.
DiBartolo defeated Boyle via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
In a featured grappling bout. Dennis Destefano defeated Mike Malkasian. The grappling bout went the full length of eight minutes. Nearly the whole round, Destefano was on top smothering Malkasian. The fight went to an extra round where Destefano managed to fulfill the requirements of being at an advantage with on top and won the bout via judges’ decision.
ISKA commissioner Thomas Sconzo declared Dennis Destefano the victor and awarded him the 175-pound grappling championship title.
Nick Navarro brought the fight to Zachary Lowe. Navarro used several single-leg dumps to drag Lowe to the canvas and neutralize his striking. Navarro eventually took the back of Lowe and sunk in a Rear-Naked Choke to claim a first-round submission at 2:03.
Malik Smith should want to hug the person who found his mouthpiece. After his mouthpiece was punched out of his mouth and skipped out of the cage, he was seconds from losing the fight because he didn’t have a mouthpiece. Even with being dropped early in the fight, Smith recovered enough under the amateur novice rules matchup to eventually claim a split decision victory.
Jackhammer Promotions is expected to return in September. No date at this time has been secured for the next event.
Visit jackhammerfights.com for fight photos by Pablo Silva and other photographers. Plus, you’ll be able to catch the PPV replay on the website.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).