Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut - In a light heavyweight contest, top contender Sullivan Barrera (19-1, 14 KOs) scored two knockdowns and stopped Paul "PPV" Parker (8-2, 4 KOs) in five rounds.
They started off cautious for the first 45 seconds before the punches started flying from both boxers. The long Parker was trying to use his reach to keep Barrera back while luring the Cuban boxer in for a counter. And in the final ten seconds Parker landed a huge right hand to the chin of Barrera, which he took well.
Barrera was a little wild in the second, allowing Parker to land counters. The fight was becoming very physical with both boxers landing shots when they came inside. The action continued in the third. Both boxers were reckless and sloppy when they jumped inside to trade punches. The referee also warned the two of them for holding too much.
The sloppy action continued in the fourth. Barrera was getting the better of the exchanges and landing the harder shots. During that round, Barrera came in whacked Parker right on the jaw with a head clash and it sent him down hard. It almost appeared like a knockdown from a punch. Parker was visibly dazed and was given a few minutes to recover by the ringside doctor.
In the fifth, they were exchanging punches when Barrera rocked a dropped Parker. Once Parker got to his feet, Barrera rushed in for the finish which caused another clash of heads that dazed the Cuban boxer, and he needed a moment to recover. Once the action resumed, they went back to exchanging punches and Barrera sent Parker down for a second time. Parker got and was being rocked - which prompted the referee to jump in and wave it off.
In the co-featured fight, middleweight prospect Vaughn "The Animal" Alexander (8-0, 5 KOs), who is the brother of former world champion Devon Alexander, won a ten round unanimous decision over Andres Calixto Rey (14-4, 9 KOs), who lost a point in the final round for holding and hitting. The scores were 99-90, 99-90 and 100-89.
Rey was round on his mid-section and offered very little in this fight, other than target practice. At the start, Alexander was toying with him round after round, picking his punches and missing very few of them. In the fourth, Rey finally stood his ground and decided to make it a fight by pressing Alexander to make the fight a brawl. Alexander continued to get off in rounds five and six.
The action heated up in round, but Alexander still controlled the action and was landing the better shots. Rey really picked things up in round eight, throwing a lot of punches which didn't seem to bother Alexander that much. Alexander resumed his target practice for the next two rounds.
In the first fight of the evening, Kazakhstan middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Javier Olvera (1-1, 1 KO) of Mexico in the second round. This was Nursultantov's first appearance in the Mohegan Sun's Rising Stars Boxing Series.
The next fight featured former kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (4-0, 2 KOs) of Georgia (country) against Bryan Goldsby (4-3) of Macon Georgia. Gogokhia appeared on the Rising Stars' premiere back in November 2016. Goldsby quit on the stool after only two rounds with Gogokhia.
Junior middleweights Madiyar Ashkeyev of Kazakhstan (8-0, 4 KOs) and Brooklyn native Shawn Cameron (10-3, 5 KOs) were set to square off for eight rounds of action. Ashkeyev suffered a cut over his right eye in the first round. The injury did not affect his precision. He continued to connect his vicious combination attacks on Cameron. Shawn managed to hang in against the always-tough Ashkeyev until 1:06 of the seventh in a gutty and gritty performance but the referee called a halt to the action.
The only fight on the undercard to go the distance was the eight-round heavyweight battle between local sensation Cassius Chaney (10-0, 5 KOs) and Detroit, MI native Juan Goode (8-5, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in the lopsided unanimous decision for Chaney. After the fight, Chaney said, "Goode was a tough opponent. He has never been knocked out. I was hoping to be the first."