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Photos: Kavaliauskas Tested, Forced To Go Distance With Abreu

Egidijus “The Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas suffered a cut in the opening round, but he was not deterred, turning back Juan Carlos Abreu via unanimous decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 96-94 to retain the NABF welterweight title in the ESPN-televised main event Saturday evening at the Save Mart Center. (photos by Mikey Williams).

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Kavaliauskas-Abreu was elevated to main event status on Friday after WBC super lightweight champion Jose Ramirez’s opponent, Danny O’Connor, suffered a severe case of dehydration prior to the weigh-in.

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Kavaliauskas (20-0, 16 KOs) keeps himself in line for a potential world title opportunity, while Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) saw his two-bout winning streak come to an end.

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In the co-main event, Andy "El Tiburon" Vences (21-0-1, 12 KOs) defended the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Frank De Alba. Vences dictated the pace and hurt DeAlba (22-4-2, 9 KOs) several times, but DeAlba was resilient in defeat. Vences now inches closer to a potential world title opportunity.

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Puerto Rican prospect Joseph "Blessed Hands" Adorno (8-0, 8 KOs) continued his power streak with a third-round knockout over Guadalupe De Leon in a super featherweight clash. Time of the stoppage was 2:32, as Adorno was extended past the second round for the first time in his pro career.

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"He was a tough and very experienced fighter. He came to fight. He caught me with a couple of shots, but as soon as I started landing my punches, I saw in his eyes that I was hurting him and it was just a matter of time. I went passed the second round for the first time in my career. This was a good learning experience for me," said Adorno.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by stesamo on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=Drama Show;18922871]im not fat but i cant fight. when i say 'hes not good' i mean hes not going to be world level and a credible opponent for crawford. in the grand scheme of things hes obviously very good as…

Comment by John Locke on 07-08-2018

This guy has been in a few close fights already despite never fighting anybody notable. He gets hit too easy and doesn't react well to it. From the toprank side, other than Crawford, I think Adames is one to watch

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 07-08-2018

was the cut that bad? my stream was s[I]h[/I]it last night so i didn't watch it

Comment by The Madison on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=stesamo;18922790]But still a million times better than you fatty[/QUOTE] im not fat but i cant fight. when i say 'hes not good' i mean hes not going to be world level and a credible opponent for crawford. in the grand…

Comment by stesamo on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=Drama Show;18922740]And people.were telling me this guy is good lol.[/QUOTE] But still a million times better than you fatty

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