CLEVELAND - Travis "The Terror" Clark's bid at regaining his NAAFS middleweight title belt was denied late Saturday night.
"The Terror" couldn't answer the bell for the third, and final, round due to rib injuries as unbeaten Canadian champion Elias Theodorou (8-0) became the new champion during Rock 'N Rumble 7 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in the Flats.
The loaded pro/am event featured 11 amateur and four pro bouts.
"I was already battling some rib problems going into the fight, and he caught me with a big knee early in the first round that broke two of my ribs and damaged some cartilage around them," Clark said Sunday night via telephone. "I fought the best I could due to the situation, but my corner was concerned the broken ribs could puncture a lung."
Despite the injury, "The Terror" continued battling in the 185-pound matchup.
"It was probably a split decision after two rounds. He didn't want to strike with me. He wanted to wrestle more than anything," he admitted. "I think if I could've made it through the third round, I would have won the fight. He (Theodorou) was spent."
When asked what this does for his career, Clark, now 13-2, said, "that's the name of the game. It's called fighting. I'm going to take some time off to heal up, and then I'll get back into training for my next fight.
"It's just another bump in the road."
Another local fighter took part in the amateur portion of the event.
Wheeling's Eric Bledsoe, who fights out of the Bullpen Fight Club at the Nelson Jordan Center, earned a submission victory when Joe Callari tapped out while in an arm triangle choke hold in the third round of the 170-pound bout.
Bledsoe, who also won a title at the Ohio Valley Toughman Contest in Wheeling last March, improved to 3-0. Callari, a GriffonRawl competitor, evened his mark at 6-6.
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