by David P. Greisman, live from ringside in Atlantic City
Boardwalk Hall - Light heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav Shabransky had an easy outing against overmatched Emil Gonzalez, winning via second-round technical knockout. The referee, Harvey Dock, waved things off as Gonzalez sat on his stool following the round.
Gonzalez was undersized — he’d spent nearly all of his career multiple divisions below, fighting at middleweight (where he lost to Matt Korobov and Derek Ennis earlier this year) and junior middleweight. And so Shabransky patiently banged Gonzalez around the ring, scoring a knockdown in the second and getting the stoppage.
Shrabanskyy, a 27-year-old Ukrainian, is now 11-0 with 9 KOs. Gonzalez, 26, of Cabana, Puerto Rico, is now 11-9-1 with 8 KOs.
- In a joke of a stay-busy fight that brought the boo birds out in the crowd, light heavyweight contender Nadjib Mohammedi stopped no-hoper Demetrius Walker in the first round.
Mohammedi landed a left early in the round that had Walker nearly going over the ropes. Soon Walker was down on the canvas, though he was back up at the count of eight. A little later, Mohammedi sent out several shots while Walker was on the ropes and Walker dropped back down to the mat, staying there for the full count. The end came at 2:16.
Mohammedi, a 29-year-old from France, became mandatory contender to Hopkins’ IBF belt with a June stoppage win over Anatoliy Dudchenko. Though he probably won’t end up facing Hopkins, his team doesn’t want to endanger the shot at the title. Hence came the fight with Walker, who had been on a lengthy losing streak and had largely fought in lighter divisions.
Mohammedi is now 36-3 with 22 KOs. Two of those defeats came by decision in 2010 against Nathan Cleverly (who went on to win a world title) and by second-round stoppage in 2011 against Dmitry Sukhotsky, who will be facing Adonis Stevenson this December.
Walker, a 29-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, is now 7-8-1 with 4 KOs. He has lost eight of his last nine.
- Heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov scored a seventh-round stoppage over Darnell Wilson. The end came when the ringside physician looked at Wilson after the round was over. While Wilson wanted to continue, the doctor advised referee Randy Neumann to end the bout.
Glazkov largely tried to use his height and reach to keep at a safe distance against Wilson, who while massively overweight from his days at light heavyweight and cruiserweight still carries more than enough one-punch power to keep opponents honest and occasionally knock someone stiff. Wilson looked for his opportunities, keeping Glazkov from getting overconfident.
Wilson did land a good right hand early in the sixth that had Glazkov momentarily retreating. Glazkov steadied and within six minutes had the win.
Glazkov, a 30-year-old originally from Ukraine, is now 19-0-1 with 12 KOs, with that draw coming on disputed scorecards against Malik Scott back in February 2013. He adds this win over Wilson to a 2014 campaign that includes a unanimous decision win over Tomasz Adamek this past March and a majority decision over Derric Rossy in August.
Wilson, 40, is now 25-18-3 with 21 KOs. He has gone just 3-13 since his highlight-reel knockout of Emmanuel Nwodo way back in 2007, with losses to familiar names at 200 such as BJ Flores, Firat Arslan and Grigory Drozd. He’s been at heavyweight for good since 2010, with his last win being in the appearance before this one, a final-second knockout of David Rodriguez in December 2013.
- Philadelphian junior lightweight Eric Hunter notched a sixth-round technical knockout over Daniel Ramirez. The two boxers had a spirited exchange in the fourth, and Hunter began to come on over the next three rounds. In the sixth, Hunter landed impactful combinations from in close, the onslaught soon putting Ramirez down. Ramirez rose at eight, but when Hunter wobbled him again with a right hook referee Sparkle Lee stepped in to wave it off. The end came at 1:23.
Hunter, 28, is now 19-3 with 10 KOs. Ramirez, of Los Angeles, is now 11-2 with 5 KOs.
- Light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera — who is trained by Abel Sanchez, who also works with middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin — scored a technical knockout over Rowland Bryant.
The referee, Randy Neumann, stopped the bout after the fourth round ended, apparently feeling that Barrera’s heavy punches were taking too much of a toll. Barrera scored a knockdown earlier in the bout in the second round, when a right hand wobbled Bryant, who steadied himself by putting his glove on the canvas.
Barrera, a 32-year-old originally from Cuba and now fighting out of Miami, improves to 14-0 (9 KOs). Bryant, 35, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, falls to 18-5 with 12 KOs.
- Super middleweight prospect Andrey Sirotkin scored a six-round unanimous decision over Michael Mitchell. One judge had it 60-53 while the other two had it 59-54. Sirotkin downed Mitchell in the third round.
Sirotkin, 29, of Zubovo, Russia, is now 5-0 (1). Mitchell, 37, of Paterson, New Jersey, is now 3-5-2 with 1 KO.
- In the show’s opening bout, lightweight prospect Ryan Martin scored a second-round stoppage over Martin Cardona. Martin, who is signed with rapper/promoter 50 Cent, dropped Cardona with a left hook to the liver in the opening round and returned to the body one round later for the finishing blow. The time of the stoppage was 1:38.
Martin, 21, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, improves to 9-0 (5 KOs). Cardona, 23, of Tucson, Arizona, falls to 17-4 (12 KOs).
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