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Photos: Dmitry Bivol Knocks Sullivan Barrera Out in Twelfth

Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York - In the exciting co-feature, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) of Russia battled Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba down to the final round before scoring a TKO victory at 1:41 of the twelfth. (Photos by Ed Mulholland).

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Bivol found a home for his powerful right hand at several points throughout the bout, but the resilient and dangerous veteran fighter Barrera stayed competitive until the moment he could not continue. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges' scorecards were overwhelmingly in favor of Bivol.

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Vaughn "Da Animal" Alexander(12-0, 8 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri remained undefeated in his second appearance at Madison Square Garden, 14 years after his original 2004 victory. Alexander won a ten-round unanimous decision over a tough as nails Devaun Lee(10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, who took the fight on barely two days' notice.

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The tough middleweights traded to the body from early in the bout. Alexander snapped Lee's head with shots, but due credit to the local favorite for hanging tough. "It was good to put in the rounds. I got the victory, I'm looking forward to fighting again."
 
The 32-year-old Alexander picked up his career where he left off after serving an 11-year prison sentence. "It was good to be here as a more mature, experienced fighter."

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Brooklyn's own Frank "Notorious" Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KOs) battled a determined Norberto Gonzalez (24-11, 14 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. The local hero delivered a unanimous decision victory by scores of 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.
 
Galarza, 32, traded shots with Gonzalez, but was in control of the action and directed the path of the fight throughout as his devoted fans cheered him on. The veteran Mexican, 36, took the fight on short notice and acquitted himself well with his effort.

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Bakhram Murtazaliev (12-0, 10 KOs) of Grozny, Russia extended his knockout streak to eight, stopping Kenneth McNeil (11-4, 8 KOs) of Birmingham, Alabama, in the first defense of the IBA Super Welterweight World Title he won at The Garden in November. Murtazaliev let out a roar of satisfaction as referee Danny Schiavone halted the contest at 1:08 of the fifth round.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by reyes066 on 03-05-2018

Kovalev vs bivol next

Comment by Just looking on 03-04-2018

I've known for a long time that Bivol would rule this division, and thanks for making my pick right on the mark

Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 03-04-2018

Four ex soviet boxers in Light Heavy: Bivol, Beterbiev, Gvozdyk, Kovalev. Sh1tkenson is getting eaten by any of these.

Comment by MASTER OF you on 03-04-2018

he schooled and embarrassed barrera. I picked him to win but didn't think it would be that easy. bivol is legit.

Comment by GGGthaGOAT on 03-04-2018

Bivol really exceeded my expectations against Barrera. I was picking him to win but I felt some reservations about that choice.

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