Heart-Pounding, Non-Stop Action in Philly:
Cunningham Defeats Mansour for USBF Heavyweight Title and Stevens Knocks Out Johnson in Fight of the Year
Philadelphia, PA: Steve "USS" Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs)* took down the undefeated powerhouse Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) via unanimous decision at the Liacouras Center. In the all-Philly main event, Philadelphia-raised Cunningham and Philadelphia-trained Mansour brawled for ten rounds of heart-stopping action that had the entire crowd at the Liacouras Center on their feet and screaming for more. These two warriors just kept coming at each other for ten straight rounds. By the end they were both bleeding and battle-worn.
Mansour was relentless from the first bell. He kept coming at Steve with huge looping hooks. Cunningham began bleeding in the second round. Then Cunningham cut Mansour over the same eye in the third.
Mansour knocked Cunningham down twice in the fifth but Steve managed to get back up just before the bell. Cunningham came back with a vengeance in the sixth and the crowd at the Liacouras Center was on their feet. The fans were split equally as half chanted "Hardcore" and half chanted "USS." By the ninth the chants of "Steve" drowned out everything else.
Cunningham knocked Mansour down in the tenth and went on to win via unanimous decision. One judge scored the fight 97-90 and the other two scored the fight 95-92.
Kathy Duva said, "Jolene Mizzone and J Russell Peltz are the best matchmakers in the business, hands down. That was the bull and the matador. Steve, you get knocked down but you get back up baby!"
Steve said, "With my God I can do anything! Faith is all I have. I was alright. I have been down before and got up and won. He wasn't built for the 'USS' Cunningham. I want to be heavyweight world champion. 'USS' Cunningham always finds a way."
Mansour said, "I can't complain. He was the better man; the tougher man. I got tired but he got tired too. I just kept stepping on the gas pedal because that is just the fighter in me. You got to be smart in the ring if you want to be successful and tonight he was smarter than me."
In arguably the best of 2014 so far, Brooklyn's own Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) came from behind to knockout Nassau, Bahamas native Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) in the tenth round. The crowd was into every punch from the first bell until the referee called the fight with slightly more than two minutes to go in the fight.
Both fighters came swinging in the first. In the first two minutes of the first round, Johnson fought southpaw to confuse Stevens then he switched back to orthodox. He continued to switch back and forth throughout the fight. It seemed to work for the first few rounds as Stevens appeared to take a beating. Then in the fourth round Stevens turned the tables on Johnson and unleashed a holy war on him.
Johnson was relentless; he never slowed down the entire fight. He controlled the pace and made Stevens fight his fight. He kept coming forward. Johnson connected for 38% of his punches (235 of 624) and Stevens connected for 40% (223 of 557). However Curtis landed 45% of his power punches (210 of 470) and Johnson landed 39% (231 of 598. Both men landed 15% of their jabs but Curtis landed 13 of 87 and Johnson only landed 4 of 26.
This back-and-forth battle continued and neither fighter seemed to have control of the any one round. Johnson had Curtis against the ropes for the majority of the fight. Stevens reached another level in the tenth and unloaded on Johnson. The referee stopped the fight at 2:09 in the tenth. Johnson was not happy with the decision and continued to contend that he was not going down.
Johnson was actually leading on the scorecards convincingly and Curtis needed the knockout in order to win. Through nine rounds the judges had Johnson up 87-84, 89-82 and 89-82.
Stevens said, "I didn't set it up the way I was supposed to set it up. He was smothering me. He did what he was supposed to do. He came in here and smothered me."
An upset Johnson said, "It is a privilege to be here. It was unfortunate that I didn't get the win. Curtis Stevens is a great fighter. The stoppage was an unfair one but I accept it. I worked hard and I won every round. I worked hard for this. I want a rematch immediately."
Kathy Duva said, "Johnson, your stock just went way up. I would love to schedule a rematch for both these fights on HBO because these fights were unbelievable."
Junior welterweights Evincii Dixon (4-4-1, 2 KOs) of Lancaster, PA and Edgardo Torres (2-3, 2 KOs) of Vineland, NJ squared off in the last undercard fight of the evening. Dixon came out of the gate guns blazing and knocked down Torres in the first. Torres lasted 2:45 into the second round before the referee called him out and declared Dixon the winner by TKO. Dixon said, "This is boxing. I see you hurt and I am going to attack."
In a match-up of undefeated light heavyweights, Notre Dame alum Mike Lee (12-0, 7 KOs) knocked out Peter Lewison (6-1, 5 KOs) in the sixth round. Lewison was bleeding near his upper lip in the fifth and Lee knocked him down in the sixth before shutting him down at 1:39. Lee showed his Notre Dame pride by sporting blue and gold trunks/gloves and definitely had the crowd on his side.
In an eight round light heavyweight war Roberto Acevedo of Puerto Rico (8-2, 5 KOs) and Lee Campbell of Laurenburg, NC (7-0, 3 KOs) put on a show for the crowd at the Liacouras Center. Acevedo fell to Campbell via majority decision with one judge scoring the bout 76-76, and the other two judges scoring the bout 77-75 and 78-74 in favor of Campbell. Roberto Acevedo suffered a cut under his left eye but was able to finish the fight.
Roberto said, "I know we had a good fight but could not come away with the victory. Campbell is a very strong guy and the fighting was intense. Now back to the drawing board, concentrate and train for the next step coming back stronger. I hope to be back soon with the help of God."
In a six round light heavyweight match-up Cuban-born Sullivan Barrera (11-0, 6 KOs) remained undefeated as he overcame Washington, DC native Larry Pryor (7-8, 4 KOs) via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 60-53. Barrera dominated the entire exchange and knocked down Pryor in the fifth round. Barrera said, "I feel good. I am very happy. 11 wins is good. It's perfect. I am so happy."
Edner Cherry (32-6-2, 17 KOs) did not disappoint in his much-anticipated return to the ring after a year-long layoff. The 32 year old Cherry defeated his opponent by UD in the first fight of the evening, an eight round super featherweight match-up with Robert Osiobe (14-9-4, 6 KOs) of Ughelli, Nigeria. The officials scored the fight 77-75, 79-73 and 78-74 all in favor of the veteran Cherry.
*Note: All records have been updated to include tonight's results.
Krusher Strikes Again in Atlantic City!
Results from Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ: In front of a packed house at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ the Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs)* knocked out Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) in seventh round to retain his WBO Light Heavyweight belt live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall shook as Krusher made his entrance. Michael Buffer said of these two undefeated fighters as he announced the fight, "Someone's 0 has got to go!
Both fighters were feeling each other out early in the bout while the chants of "USA" came from the nearly sold-out crowd in AC. Agnew, normally a right handed fighter, came out boxing southpaw. Krusher knocked down Agnew just as the bell rang in the second round. Kovalev suffered a cut under his right eye in the fourth. Agnew took Kovalev deeper than he has gone in his last six fights but could not defeat him. Kovalev won via TKO 0:58 into the seventh round. The final punch total: Kovalev 107 of 402 and Agnew 31 for 109.
After the fight Krusher said, "It was a difficult fight tonight because I got the two cuts. One from his hand and one from his shoulder. I don't like the floor. He has good defense. I found the key - the left to the body. This is very good for me. I was ready for 12 rounds - just to try. He is not a fighter, he is just a boxer. I tried to box with him. I found the key to the body. I found this open place in his defense and my last punch was more harder." When asked about Adonis Stevenson Kovalev responded, "Adonis Stevenson is a piece of shit. I will fight any champion in my division. I want to get another title. I am ready for anyone. I will be great boxer."
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "Agnew was far tougher than anyone gave him credit for. Sergey is just incredible. We look forward to a nice long run with the best light heavyweight in the world.
Cedric Agnew said only, "I will be back."
After the melee at the weigh-in Friday the Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme and Karim Mayfield of San Francisco, CA finally got to meet in the ring in the co-feature for a ten round battle for the vacant NABF light welterweight title. The fight was exciting right from the beginning but things really started to heat up just before the bell in the third round. Dulorme was cut with an accidental head-butt in the eighth round. After ten grueling rounds Dulorme wins via unanimous decision with the scores: 98-92, 97-94 and 96-93. Mayfield landed 21% of his punches (61 of 284) while Dulorme landed 27% (83 of 308). More impressively, Dulorme landed 36% of his power punches (49 of 135) while Mayfield only landed 21% (36 of 169). Their average punches per round were almost identical: Mayfield 28 and Dulorme 30.
Light Heavyweights Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson (15-3, 9 KOs) of Buffalo, NY and Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic (15-0, 10 KOs) of St. Petersburg, FL met for eight rounds (originally scheduled for ten rounds was cut due to unforeseen delays with the undercard) just prior to the co-feature. "Hot Rod" started strong but tired in the later rounds. Thompson turned it on as Kalajdzic began to wear down but it was not enough to secure the victory. Kalajdzic won via split decision with the judges scoring the bout 78-72 and 76-75 for Kalajdzic and 77-75 for Thompson. The referee Allen Huggins deducted a point from Thompson for spitting out his mouthpiece. Lonnie B said, "I think the score was kind of crazy. I felt like it was close. He is a good fighter. I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win. He fought a tough fight. I am going to go back in the gym, work on my mistakes and come back stronger next time. I thank God that I just came out safe. I am sorry I didn't get the decision tonight but mark my words I will be back."
For the first fully international card of the night junior middleweight Puerto Rican Wilky Campfort (17-1, 9 KOs) took on undefeated Khurshid Abdullaev (6-1-1, 3 KOs) of Russia for eight rounds. Campfort knocked Abdullaev down in the first and in the second Campfort threw Abdullaev out of the ring. The Russian came back with a vengeance in the third getting in several key hits. This gutty, gritty brawl was almost too close to call. Campfort won via a very close split decision with the judges scoring the bout 77-74 for Campfort, 76-74 for Abdullaev and 76-75 for Campfort.
In the only New York versus New York match-up of the evening, heavyweights Adam Kownacki (6-0, 6 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY and Excell Holmes (2-3-1, 1 KO) of Buffalo, NY hooked up for a scheduled four rounds. Kownacki came out swinging early and had Holmes bleeding and up against the ropes in the first round. The crowd was filled with Kownacki supporters and they were letting Holmes know it. Kownacki continued to come after Holmes in the second when the referee stopped the fight at 0:41. Kownacki keeps his perfect undefeated record of every win coming by way of knockout alive.
In a face-off for New Jersey bragging rights Rafael Jastrzebski (4-8-1, 1 KO) of Vineland, NJ took on Michael Mitchell (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ for a scheduled four rounds of super middleweight action. However, Jastrzebski went down twice in the second before the referee called the fight at 2:53. This was Mitchell's first career TKO.
In the four-round battle between unbeaten light welterweights Wellington Romero (3-0, 1 KO) of Newburgh, NY and Gerald Smith (3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA Romero knocked down Smith in the first round. Smith got up swinging but Romero had him up against the ropes again. All three judges unanimously scored the bout 40-35 for Romero who remains undefeated.
In the first fight of the evening, a six round middleweight match-up between Dushane Crooks (6-1, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY and Ismael Garcia (6-0, 3 KOs) of Vineland, NJ the crowd was fired up from the first bell. These two undefeated fighters provided the Boardwalk Hall crowd with an action-packed bout which ended with a unanimous decision victory for Garcia with all three judges scoring the bout 58-56.
*All records listed have been updated to reflect tonight's results.
Stunning Upset at Sands: 29 Year Old Sensation "Czar" Glazkov Defeats Veteran Tomasz Adamek
Bethlehem, PA: "Czar" Glazkov did what only two out of 51 men before him managed to do - defeat veteran brawler Tomasz "Goral" Adamek. In a twelve round unanimous decision the 29 year-old Olympic Bronze Medalist from Lugansk, Ukraine (17-0-1, 11 KOs) remains undefeated as he upsets the 37 year-old veteran from Gilowice, Poland, Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (49-3-0, 29 KOs) to win the NABF North American Heavyweight Title and secure the #2 position in the IBF. Two judges scored the bout 117-111 and one judge scored the bout 116-110. Glazkov landed an amazing 37% (212 of 580) of his shots on the veteran Adamek, who landed only 21% (161 of 761). Czar said, "I would like to thank Main Events and Kathy Duva for giving me this opportunity and taking me to this road. I also want to thank Tomasz Adamek for taking this bout and giving me this opportunity. He was risking more than I did. Tomasz was not a guy who was backing up, he was coming forward. It was a very good bout."
The standing room only crowd at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA was battling to see who could scream louder for their hero with the "Adamek" chants only slightly overpowering the "Glazkov" cheers. Glazkov controlled the first round with his jab and did not let Adamek do much. Glazkov was landing some big shots. Adamek started to gain momentum in the third but then his right eye started to swell in the fourth. Things started to slow down in the sixth round. Then Glazkov landed some heavy shots in the seventh; Adamek did too but he was not as effective. Adamek's face looked significantly worse as the fight wore on, but he still managed to land some key shots. According to Compubox, in the last two rounds Adamek out-landed Glazkov 55-38 in total punches and 32-22 in power punches, though it was not enough to overcome Glazkov.
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "This is a passing of the torch. Glazkov did everything he absolutely had to do to win this fight against a very tough and very accomplished opponent. Tonight he announced his arrival to everyone that he belongs among the top five heavyweights. Adamek is someone who has been a top ten heavyweight for the last six to ten years. I am really at a loss to say who amazed me more."
The international show on NBCSN Fight Night began with a ten round light heavyweight war between #2 Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) of Johannesburg, South Africa and #7 Denis "The Pirate/Drago's Son" Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs) of Chaykoysky, Russia. Chilemba dominated over Grachev and won via unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 99-91 and one scored the fight 100-90 all in favor of Chilemba. According to Compubox, Chilemba averaged 13 jabs connected per round, which is more than double the division average. Chilemba landed an astounding 42% (326 of 772) of his punches compared to 18% (108 of 587) for Grachev. Chilemba said, "I am feeling good, it was great. I knew he was going to be tough but I was pleased with the outcome."
The first round started slow as both guys were feeling each other out. Grachev was really coming forward, but Chilemba was able to keep the distance, utilizing his jab. There were a lot of great exchanges with both men landing big shots. Chilemba was controlling the fight, however, with his jab. Grachev got a bad cut by the corner of his left eye that continued to bleed for the duration of the fight. Both men looked battered at the end of this exciting brawl.
The much-anticipated ten round welterweight fight for local bragging rights between Ronald Cruz (20-3-0, 15 KOs) of Bethlehem, PA and Kermit Cintron (35-5-2, 28 KOs) of Reading, PA certainly had this sold-out crowd making noise. Cruz and Cintron did not disappoint their hometown crowd with a brutal battle that was almost too close to call. Despite having the majority of the crowd support, Cruz could not overcome Cintron. Cintron edged out Cruz for the unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 96-94. Cruz's connect rate was higher, landing 34% of his total punches thrown compared to 22% for Cintron, but both landed almost the same number of punches with Cintron connecting on 154 of 703 and Cruz connecting on 152 of 453.
In eight rounds of lightweight action between Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (14-0-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA and Chazz "Magnificent" McDowell (6-4-1, 1 KO) of Hartford, CT, Dargan dominated the entire fight. McDowell had trouble making weight, initially weighing in at 144.5 lbs. but was able to get down to 142. Dargan won via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 80-72. Impressively, Dargan landed 23% (114 of 506) of his total punches while McDowell landed only 16% (36 of 226).
The six round fight between light welterweights Jerome Rodriguez (6-0-2, 2 KOs) of Allentown, PA and Brandon Williams (3-0-0) Rochester, NY ended in a draw. The judges scored the fight 58-57 for Rodriguez, 55-59 for Williams and 57-57.
The first bout was a four round welterweight match-up between Nathanial Rivas (2-0-0) of Berlin, NJ and Terrell "The Terminator" James (1-1-1) of Philadelphia, PA. Rivas had the crowd on his side. James only lasted 2:37 of the second round when the fight was stopped and Rivas was declared the winner by TKO.
In the four round super bantamweight swing bout following the main event, Luis Acevedo of Bethlehem, PA made his professional debut against Josh Crespo (1-1-1, 1 KO) of New Haven, CT with a draw.