The crowd made it quite clear they were rooting for the Seneca boxing trio of Dillon Cook, Jesse Cook and Travis Cole.
The Cook brothers and Cole repaid the audience of about 1,300 by earning three victories at the Rumble in the Heartland mixed martial arts and boxing card on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Joplin.
The Fighters from the Heartland Boxing Club of Galena were victorious in every round of the night.
Dillon Cook improved to 7-0 with a unanimous decision over Jeff Combs (1-4-1), of St. Louis. It was the second consecutive six-round decision for the light middleweight. His last fight was a six-round win at the ESPN Friday Night Fights undercard at Buffalo Run Casino this past August.
Jesse Cook, 26, improved to 8-0 with seven knockouts after posting a TKO against Zack Kelley (2-5), of Earlsboro, Okla., at the 1:23 mark of the second round.
The fight turned into a bit of a slugfest, which ended when Cook caught Kelley on the ropes for about 10 seconds and the referee stopped it.
“I got a little wild,” Jesse Cook said. “My opponent had a tough man background.”
The bout was scheduled for six rounds, which would have been Cook’s first fight at that distance.
“I was a little nervous about going six rounds,” he said. “I didn’t have to worry about it though.”
Cole won his professional boxing debut with a unanimous decision over George Palmer, of Sand Springs, Okla. Cole won the fight 40-36 on all three judges’ cards. Cole landed a flurry of punches each round, but was unable to knock down Palmer, who also was making his debut.
Alex Martin, of Harvey, Ill., improved to 3-0 with a second-round knockout of Jake Constant, of Springfield, Ill.
Martin is the 2012 national Gold Gloves champion at 152 pounds and 2-0 with two knockouts as a professional. He was an alternate for the United States in the 2012 Olympics.
In the amateur MMA card, Seneca’s Dalton Cummings defeated Neosho’s Charley Stevens, Joplin’s Jesse Moore defeated Springfield’s Greg Owens and Joplin’s Max Humphrey beat Willard’s Christian Adams.