Kovalev-Agnew Results: Kalajzdic Beats Thompson

by David P. Greisman, live from ringside


- Radivoje Kalajzdic (173.4 pounds) took an eight-round split decision over Lionell Thompson, a past victim of the night’s headline attraction, Sergey Kovalev.

The scores were 78-72 and 76-75 for Kalajzdic, and 77-75 for Thompson.

Kalajdzic, a 22-year-old originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina who now calls St. Petersburg, Fla., home, is now 15-0 (10 KOs). Thompson had been stopped in three rounds by Kovalev back in September 2012 but had won three in a row since then. That streak is over, and the 28-year-old from Buffalo, N.Y., is now 15-3 (9 KOs).

- In a Toughman-quality bout between rotund heavyweights, Adam Kownacki (254 pounds) scored a second-round technical knockout over Excell Holmes (244 pounds), much to the delight of the vocal Polish fans in attendance.

Holmes, who had been hurt in the first round, was slow coming out of his corner for the second. Not that the fight would last much longer. Kownacki soon had Holmes on the ropes, tossing in a combination of shots that brought the referee jumping in 41 seconds into the round.

Kownacki, a 25-year-old from Poland and now fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y., is now 6-0 (6 KOs). Holmes 35, of Buffalo, N.Y., is now 2-3-1 with 1 KO and 1 no contest.

- The scorecards took forever to come in after the bout between Wilky Campfort (156.4 pounds) and Khurshid Abdullaev (154.4 pounds), and when the verdict was finally read, it came in as a split draw.

Except that apparently wasn’t the actual result. Moments later, as the fighters were making their way back to the locker room and the next bout’s combatants were on their way out, ring announcer Joe Antonacci said the correct verdict was a split decision for Abdullaev.

Initially, it was said that one judge had it 77-74 for Campfort, another had it 76-74 for Abdullaev, and the third had it even at 75-75. It was that third card that was soon corrected as being 76-75 for Campfort.

It was a first-round knockdown for Campfort that proved to be the difference. Abdullaev did hurt Campfort in the second round; Campfort then tried to tackle Abdullaev, falling forward and pushing him to the ropes, and then attempting to lift Abdullaev up and over the ropes.

Campfort, a 29-year-old Haitian now fighting out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., improves to 17-1 (9 KOs). Abdullaev, a 24-year-old from Kyryzstan now fighting out of Robert Garcia’s gym in Oxnard, Calif., falls to 6-1-1 (3 KOs).

- Michael Mitchell had fought seven times before, but never had a bout ended the way it did in his eighth pro appearance — with him winning via technical knockout.

Mitchell (163.8 pounds) scored a second-round stoppage over Rafael Jastrzebski (166 pounds), knocking him down twice and then continuing the assault until the referee stepped in.

The end came with seven seconds left in the round.

Jastrzebski came out with one-two combinations, but was soon caught with a good left hook. Jastrzebski continued to press the action, yet Mitchell kept reminding him that there would be power punches coming back in return.

Jastrzebski pressed Mitchell to the ropes in the early moments of the second, and Mitchell kept sneaking in single shots. Mitchell then turned and had Jastrzebski on the ropes, yet Jastrzebski landed a pair of good punches. Soon they returned to the center of the ring, and Mitchell landed a right hand and followed it with a left hook that put Jastrzebski down hard.

Jastrzebski got up early in the count. Mitchell waited and then closed in, and both fighters threw left hooks. Mitchell’s landed better, with Jastrzebski going down once again and getting up quickly once more. Mitchell then tossed in an overhand right, brought Jastrzebski to the ropes, mixed body shots with blows to the head, and kept at it until the referee had seen enough.

Mitchell, 36, of Paterson, N.J., improves to 3-3-2 (1 KO). Jastrzebski, a 32-year-old from Poland now fighting out of Atlantic City, N.J., falls to 4-8-1 (1 KO).

- Junior welterweight prospect Wellington Romero (138.6 pounds) won a four-round shutout decision over Gerald Smith (139.2 pounds).

All three cards read 40-35. Romero scored a knockdown in the opening round and controlled the action for most of the bout, barring a good body shot from Smith in the third round that had Romero visibly hurt.

Romero, a 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic now fighting out of Newburgh, N.Y., is now 3-0 (1 KO). Smith, 28, of Philadelphia, is now 3-1 (1 KO).

- In the show's opening bout, Ismael Garcia (156 pounds) took a six-round unanimous decision over fellow undefeated prospect Dushane Crooks (153.4 pounds).

All three scorecards read 58-56.

Garcia started strong, peppering Crooks with the occasional right hand. Crooks turned the momentum in the fifth and had Garcia reeling momentarily. Garcia survived well and controlled the early moments of the sixth until Crooks landed with a couple of good, hard shots. They wouldn't be enough.

Garcia, 27, of Vineland, N.J., improves to 6-0 with 3 KOs and 1 no decision. Crooks, a 24-year-old from Jamaica and now fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y., falls to 6-1 (4 KOs).

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