By Mark Vester
At the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19KOs) moved up to the heavyweight division to win a unanimous ten round decision over Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11KOs). The scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 98-92.
Tarver was a bit quicker on his feet, and with his punches, in the first two rounds. Aguilera landed a few good shots at the end of the third. Tarver's left shoulder seemed to be bothering him around the fourth round. Tarver was still quicker than Aguilera who didn't put enough pressure on the smaller man. Tarver looked sluggish with the added weight.
Both figthers were letting their hands go in the sixth. Aguilera and Tarver landing good punches during the three minutes. Tarver started unloading with punches in the seventh round. For some reason Aguilera allowed Tarver to trap him in the corner to throw his combinations.
Aguilera was doing better in the eight before Tarver unloaded again as he trapped him in the corner at the end. In the ninth, Aguilera tried to go to the body. Aguilera contined to let Tarver trap him in the corner and land combinations. Aguilera tried to close strong in the tenth. Tarver held him off until the end.
Junior middleweight Shawn Porter (17-0, 13 KOs) began his welterweight run with ninth round stoppage of a game Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs). Porter bloodied Munoz and was busting him up with quick combinations before Munoz's corner stopped the fight.
Super middleweight contender Anthony Dirrell (20-0, 17KOs) stopped Daryl Salmon (16-6, 4KOs) in the third round. Dirrell was on his way to ending it in the first, but Salmon was able to last a few more rounds before the contest was stopped.
Promoter Gary Shaw's new cruiserweight, Lateef Kayode (14-0, 13KOs) battered Epifanio Mednoza (30-10-1, 26KOs) for five rounds before Mendoza's corner stopped the contest. Kayode nearly made it an Andrew Golota affair by landing numerous low blows in the five rounds of action and actually lost a point in the fifth.
Junior middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (26-1, 20KOs) survived a first round knockdown to stop journeyman Robert Kliewer (10-12-2, 5KOs) in the sixth round of their fight. Hearns lets his hands go in the sixth, dropping Kliewer numerous times, although most were waved off as slips, before the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight.
MORE TO COME...........