Farmer tops Diaz and Galeano surprised by Lee; Pagan Rocked but Still Undefeated and Artur Akavov Scores the Only Finish of the Night
The six bout card had some surprises as Middleweight Chris Galeano was upset by Devaun Lee in the main event. Galeano (10-1, 1 KO) entered the fight unbeaten but had his hands full with the aggressive Lee. It was a tight contest where Galeano’s speed was pitted against Lee’s power punching. Lee (7-2, 3 KO’s) had big rounds in the fifth and tenth when he appeared to hurt Galeano.
Junior lightweight Tevin Farmer had extending his continuous win streak to 14 in a brawl with Gamaliel Diaz. Farmer dropped Diaz in the first with a left hook. By the 4th Diaz had rebounded and connected with long, straight punches of his own. He rocked Farmer in the sixth with a right after the two fighters engaged in some heated back and forth dialogue. In the 7th Farmer knocked Diaz’s mouthpiece out and the pace of Diaz chasing the slick Farmer continued into the tenth and final round when Farmer charged forward in pursuit of the knockout. He almost got it. After cutting Diaz over the eye the Mexican hit the canvas shortly afterward. Diaz disputed the call, however, and when he got back up both men engaged in a series of exchanges up until the final bell. Diaz, who once defeated former title-holder Robert Guerrero, is now 39-14-3 with 18 stoppages. Farmer (21-4-1, 5 KO’s) defeated Diaz via ten-round unanimous decision by scores of 97-90 (twice) and 95-92.
Female lightweight Cindy Serrano, fighting in the same ring as her sister Amanda did last month, defeated Renata Domsodi via a lopsided six-round unanimous decision. Serrano is now 24-5-3 with 10 KO’s. Domsodi, who gave a good effort and even found enough energy to dance in her corner in between rounds, is now 13-9 with six knockouts.
Junior welterweight prospect Shemuel Pagan got rocked and dropped twice, once by a right hook in the 2nd round and again with a left hook in the 4th. Pagan did not let Picou capitalize on his knockdowns and fought back hard to score a well-earned six round unanimous decision. Judges scored the fight 58-56 and 57-56 (twice) for the still unbeaten Pagan (8-0, 4 KO’s).
Artur Akavov, ranked number five by the WBO in the middleweight division, beat Todd Manuel all around the ring before stopping him with a body shot in the sixth round of a scheduled eight. Akavov (16-1, 7 KO’s) stunned Manuel toward the end of the second and dropped him twice with body punches in the fifth. Manuel (11-11-1, 1 KO) complained of head pain at the start of the sixth round and was inspected by the ringside physician but allowed to continue anyway. As soon as the fight resumed Akavov again connected with a hard body punch, prompting Manuel to hit the canvas yet again. The third time was more than enough and referee Harvey Dock properly called the fight off at the 37-second mark of the frame.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KO’s) defeated Larry Pryor in the first fight of the evening. Peterkin came forward throughout the eight-rounder in an attempt to put his opponent down and out. Pryor (9-13, 5 KO’s) knew how to avoid sustained punishment, however, and was able to elude many of Peterkin’s big shots. Peterkin, fighting for the first time since August 2015, could’ve been sharper than he was but his efforts were more than enough to earn three identical shutout scores of 80-72.