Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Niagara Falls, New York - Rising contender Jarrell Miller (17-0-1, 15KOs) demolished Nick Guivas (12-4-2, 9KOs) in two rounds, after four knockdowns, to capture the vacant NABO heavyweight title.
Early in the first, a hook to the body sent Guivas down against the ropes. He beat the count, but went down a second time from a head shot near the end of the round. At the start of the second, a hook to the body sent Guivas down for a third time. He once again beat the count and then bought himself some time when he received a moment to recover from a low blow. As soon as the action restarted, another hook to the body sent Guivas down and the fight was waved off.
Super welterweight Skender Halili (10-1, 10KOs) survived two knockdowns to score a sensational knockout of Jason Thompson (5-12) in the second round.
Thompson rocked and dropped Halili in the second round. Halili was very hurt, beat the count, and then took a lot of punches. He was rocked again and was being held up by the ropes, when the referee issued a second knockdown. Near the end of the round, Halili landed a monster hook that sent Thompson down and out. The fight was quickly waved off by the referee.
Making his debut in the United States, unbeaten super featherweight prospect Harmonito Dela Torre (18-0, 12KOs) of the Philippines had a much tougher time than expected in winning an eight round majority decision over Guillermo Sanchez (15-19-1, 6KOs). The scores were 76-76 for the draw, 78-74, 77-75.
Sanchez came out landing some decent left hands and was pressing the action. Dela Torre struggled with Sanchez's tall southpaw style, but he did a lot better in the second round, throwing punches from all angles - but still having issues and getting caught with counters. Dela Torre finally picked up the pace in the fourth, landing some power shots and missing many as well. Sanchez faded down the stretch, but Dela Torre was never able to seriously hurt him or put many together on his opponent, who went into survival mode.
Super welterweight prospect Malik Hawkins (8-0, 7KOs) busted up Lee Hall (11-24-3) in five rounds. Hawkins started off with shooting a hard jab and controlled the fight with faster punches. Hall was buzzed by a big right hand in the second, but landed a good counter that may have stunned Hawkins for a moment - which produced a give and take struggle for the remainder of the second.
Hawkins' speed continued to control the action in the third, with Hall attempting to lay traps for a counter shots. Hawkins hurt Hall at the start of the fourth and went right after him with a barrage of punches. Hall was able to fight his way out of trouble and held his hands up well to protect himself. In the first minute of the fifth, a barrage of punches sent Hall down and he decided to remain on the mat for the full count.