HK 38 Preview

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HK38 will be an action-packed night with amateur and professional fighters from across North America. The full fight card is now available at www.hardknocksfighting.com.

Let’s take a look at some of the talented array of amateur fighters prepared to take the cage at HK38. Each of these fighters are working their way through the amateur ranks in hopes of one day turning pro. From heavyweights battling in the cage to an amateur title fight, every match-up will keep you on the edge of your seat! 

DAUDA KEITA vs. NICK BURNHAM - Title Fight
Two of the most talented amateur fighters alive are scheduled to meet in this title fight at HK38! Fighting out of the Blue Corner will be Team Extreme mixed martial artist Dauda Keita. Keita has an impressive track record in the cage entering this fight with a 6-1 record. He won his last fight by decision. Nick Burnham from Crisis MMA is no stranger to the cage either, owning a 6-1 record. These fighters are at the top of the amateur ladder and a victory here could mean a shot at a professional contract.

MAC LAURSEN vs. STERLING MICHETTI
Middleweight Mac Laursen looks to continue his winning ways after he earned a victory in his first amateur fight earlier this year by submission. Standing in his way will be Kamikaze Punishment fighter Sterling Michetti, who is anxious for his first amateur cage fight.

IDRISS ANIMASHAUN vs. DAMIEN DIMARCO
Idriss Animashaun from Dynamic MMA took his last fight the distance, but the scorecards were split in favor of his opponent. Therefore, Animashaun is ready to get down to business in anticipation of his first win as an amateur mixed martial artist. Damien DiMarco is looking to bounce back after a first round KO in his last fight and will be equally hungry for a victory in his second amateur contest.

JUSTIN BASRA vs. CLAY DIXON
Two featherweights are poised to make their MMA debuts in this matchup. Justin Basra is a featherweight mixed martial artist who trained with the Elite Training Centre. Clay Dixon trained with Kamikaze Punishment.

TROY DUNNE vs. LUCUS GREER
Elite Training Centre helped Troy Dunne prepare for his first MMA fight.  Canadian Lucus Greer has been independently training in preparation for this matchup. Both fighters are ready to display their fighting skills in the cage, this one may just come down to which athlete can control their nerves under pressure and put aside those first fight jitters before the other fighter. 

 

Belasco to finally get shot at undefeated Nelson this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort

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VALLEY FORGE, PA (September 30, 2014)–This Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, an intriguing Jr. Welterweight battle will be the co-feature of a championship night boxing promoted by King’s Promotions and Peltz Boxing.
 
Undefeated Naim Nelson (12-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on battle tested veteran Ryan Belasco (18-6-3-, 3 KO’s) of Wilmington, DE for the UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title.
 
This will be a shot for Belasco to get a coveted win to add to his victories over Victor Vasquez and Jesus Barbosa.
 
Belasco has been waiting for this opportunity against the undefeated Nelson for over a year as this fight was scheduled a couple of times but the fight was postponed due to injuries and family commitments.
 
“Everything is going good and I am hitting it hard.  I been in camp with Dougie Pettiford and Omar Douglas for 8 weeks.  A few fights came up but I am ready for this,” said Belasco.
 
This will be Belasco’s first fight in nearly a year since dropping a 10-round unanimous decision to Rod Salka last October 12.
 
“This fight has been brewing for a year.  We were going to fight but then Naim hurt his hand.  I took the Salka fight.  After that fight, we could have the fight again but my wife was pregnant.  I took time off to be with her so this fight has been on my radar for the last year or so.”
 
He knows that Nelson is deserving of his undefeated record.
 
“He is tough and very busy.  He has what it takes but we trained rally hard.  I have been thrown in with tough competition so I know this is a fight I can win.  As people can see by my record, I have had nothing handed to me.  People look at my record and they know I can fight.  It will be a great fight as he is busy and I don’t back down.”
 
Twice before has Belasco fought for regional titles but now he knows that this will be the fight that pushes him over the top.
 
“The UBF Title will be the icing on the cake.  I have a 6-month old daughter and that would be a nice first piece of jewelry to give her.”
 
Belasco finished by saying, “I never trash talk.  I guarantee this fight will be a firecracker.  A war at that.  I know to be a champion that you have to surround yourself with them and for this camp I did just that.”
In the 8-round Main event, Frank De Alba (13-1-2, 5 KO’s) of Reading, PA will look for his 12th straight win when he takes on Jesse Carradine (8-3-2, 4 KO’s) of Las Vegas, NV in a Super Featherweight bout.
Shawn Sutton (0-2-1) of Norristown, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a 4-round Jr. Middleweight bout.
Christian Molina (2-0, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA battles Josue Rivera (2-5, 2 KO’s) in a 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Travis Thompson (5-11-3, 3 KO’s) of Pottstown, PA will box Benjamin Burgos (1-8-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a 4-round Lightweight bout

Undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas to take on Jose Medina in Somerset, New Jersey on October 24

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Somerset, NJ (September 30, 2014)--On Friday night, October 24, undefeated Middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas will take on veteran Jose Medina in the main event of a great night of boxing at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
The scheduled 8-round bout will be the main event of a card promoted by GH3 Promotions.

Douglas of Burke, Virginia has a record of 14-0-1 been one of the most talked about Middleweight prospects in the United States. The 21-year old has quality wins over undefeated Colby Courter (4-0) and Marquis Davis (8-0-2). Douglas was impressive in scoring a sensational 2nd round stoppage over former world title challenger Luca Messi (37-9-1) on April 4 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

In his last bout, Douglas and former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1) fought at highly contested draw in a bout that Douglas dominated over the first half of the bout.

 

That bout headlined the 200th episode of the highly acclaimed ShoBox: The New Generation series on July 25 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

 

Medina of Tilton, New Hampshire has a deceiving record of 18-15-1 with 7 knockouts.

 

Douglas with be the 9th undefeated foe that Medina will have faced.

 

The 31 year-old Medina has quality wins over Jamie Vejar (1-0), Gary Bonefant (1-0), Isaac Rodriguez (17-1), Markus Williams (7-1), & Chris Fitzpatrick (14-0).  He also held former Jr. Middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-2) to a draw.

 

He is coming off a 6-round majority decision defeat to Gary O’Sullivan (16-1) on June 5th

 

In the eight round co-feature, Featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3, 10 KO’s) will see action against Jose Haro.

 

Diaz of New Brunswick, NJ will be looking for his 2nd consecutive victory after taking a 6-round unanimous decision over Ramon Ellis on July 25 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

 

Always in a crowd pleasing fight, Diaz has been known to take on all comers.

 

The 26 year-old has wins over Gino Escamilla (5-1-1), Yan Barthelemy (8-1), Alejandro Lopez (16-0), Jaesung Lee (10-2-1) & former world title challenger Emanuel Lucero (24-5-1).

 

Haro (8-1, 6 KO’s) of Salt Lake City, Utah won his first eight bouts.

 

The 27 year-old is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision defeat to undefeated prospect Toka Khan Clary (11-0) on June 14th in Atlantic City.
Also on the card in 6-round bouts:

 

Undefeated Super Middleweight John Magda (7-0, 6 KO’s) of Ruthorford, NJ will take on Mike Mitchell (3-4-2, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ

 

In four round bouts:

Lightweight Bienvenido Diaz (1-0, 1 KO) of Prospect Park, NJ will battle Tim McNair (0-2) of Charlotte, NC.

 

Glenn Dezurn (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD will fight an opponent to be named.

 

Anthony Cintron (2-0, 1 KO) of Hawley, PA will fight pro debuting Rennard Oliver of Baton, Rouge, LA.

 

Heavyweight Leon Johnson of Newark, NJ will make his pro debut against Ray Santiago (1-4) of Albany, NY.

 

Caleb Hernandez of Paterson, NJ will make his pro debut against Malik Jackson (1-3-4) of Newark, NJ

 

Tickets for this outstanding evening of boxing can be purchased for $125 for Stage seating, $100 for Front Row, $75 for Ringside and $50 for General Admission by calling 862-223-9487.

 

The Ukrainian Cultural Center is located 135 Davidson Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey

Dead Serious 12 Preview

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Hard hitting MMA action returns as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 12” on October 4 from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey live on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Dead Serious Fighting Championship is planning to blow the roof off with a mega card and multiple title fights. Be there for every punch, kicks and submission.

Eric Jones (3-0) battles Anthony Genovese (4-2). Jones is an undefeated fighter who loves to grind his opponents down over the course of a full fight. Jones also has an underrated grappling game and can finishing the fight on the ground with a submission. Genovese has won 4 of his last 5 fights and looks to put the first L in the lost column of Jones. Genovese has twice the fights of Jones and will bring an experience advantage into the cage. Look for Genovese to try and land shots from the outside to set up his takedowns. Genovese has a strong clinch game and can land shots or get a takedown from the position. Don’t blink when these two lock horns in the cage.

The Dead Serious Featherweight Title is on the line when Champion Jack Cordero (5-4) takes on Nestor Negroni, Jr (4-1-1). Cordero is a well-rounded fighter with solid wrestling and grappling and high volume striking and looks to defend his title for the first time. Negroni is a wrestling specialist and has solid submissions, especially from the top. Negroni also has solid cardio to go full speed for a whole fight. These two athletes will go full throttle in their matchup as gold is on the line.

East Coast MMA is ready to deliver again! Be sure to catch all of the action, LIVE on October 4 as Dead Serious Fighting Championship presents “Dead Serious 12” exclusively at GFL.tv.

HK 38 Preview

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Canada’s top MMA promotion returns as Hard Knocks Fighting presents “HK 38”, on October 3 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Canada. Hard Knocks Fighting is the fastest growing promotion in Canada with shows in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Regina, Estevan, Prince Albert, and expanding quickly to new cities. The action packed 11 bout pro/am card will feature many of the established and top up and coming superstars of the Great White North.

In the main event, for the HKFC Lightweight Championship, Ryan Dickson (9-2) takes on Dave Mazany (11-4-1). Dickson is a relentless wrestler and will also stand in the pocket and bang. His grappling is top notch and he has dispatched several of his opponents via submission. In fact, 8 of his 9 wins have come via tapout. Dickson is feared in the region for his ability to push the pace and make his opponent fight at a speed they are not accustomed to. Mazany goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on June 13.   Mazany has KO power in both hands and fights out of one of the best gyms in the world, with Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Be ready for a shootout in this title fight.

In the co-main event, in the welterweight division, Ryan Machan (22-9) fights CJ Marsh (7-6). Machan is a veteran to the Canadian MMA scene having fought since 2006. Machan is on a 4-fight win streak and holds a title with another organization. Machan has only gone to a decision 3 times in his career and is an extremely fast starter ending the majority of his fights in the first and second rounds. Marsh fights with a high risk-high reward fighting style and you never know what he is going to do next which makes him a tough draw for anyone.

Other matchups include: Justin Schmit VS Adam SmithandCraig Shintani VS Mike O’Neill.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring Western Canada’s finest MMA athletes as Hark Knocks Fighting presents “HK 38” on October 3 in front of a packed house. Hard Knocks Fighting Championship always produces great fights and this event will be no different. Order this event now at GFL.tv.

NAAFS Rock N Rumble 8 Preview

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The North American Allied Fight Series will return to Canton, Ohio this October 4th with yet another loaded professional fight card. This will be the promotions fifth event in the Hall of Fame city which also serves as NAAFS home base. “As most NAAFS fans know, I was born and raised in Canton which is regarded as a tough, gritty, blue collar city that loves its sports,” stated NAAFS CEO and Canton native Greg Kalikas. “We usually try to load up these cards when we come to Canton and deliver the most exciting event possible which I believe we will deliver once again. The Civic Center is one of the best arena’s we visit and it should be rocking come October 4th!”

This particular event “Rock N Rumble” will be the leagues eighth annual installment and will feature musical guest Mike Owens performing live during intermission but make no mistake about it, it’s the loaded fight card fans will be in attendance to see this fall. The main event features a rescheduled super fight between former NAAFS champion Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-7) and current champion Frank “The Tank” Caraballo (13-7) who will put his featherweight title on the line. With both fighters having already tasted NAAFS gold, a win on October 4th could propel one of these warriors right back into prominence on a global scale. Regardless of the outcome, this is one fight local fans have been waiting to witness for nearly seven years when both of these fighters were tearing up the NAAFS amateur circuit.

The nights co-main event will be for the prized NAAFS bantamweight crown when former featherweight contender Antonio Castillo Jr. (8-4), drops to 135 lbs to face current champion Bryan Goldsby (18-14). Goldsby has won four of his last five including capturing the NAAFS bantamweight title back in March of 2013 in Canton. Meanwhile Castillo has reeled off four straight wins and six out of seven with his lone loss coming during his title fight with current champ Caraballo. This is another fight with perhaps a bigger prize at the end of the rainbow besides the coveted NAAFS belt.

Rock N Rumble 8 will see the return of Cody “No Love” Garbrandt (4-0) to the NAAFS cage when he takes on the always dangerous Charles Stanford (5-2). Garbrandt has gotten off to a 4-0 start to his pro career under the tutelage of team Alpha Male head coach and former world Champion Urijah Faber who will be in Garbrandts corner in Canton. Many insiders speculate that Garbrandt could be one big win away from a shot with the UFC or another major organization. Stanford will look to steal Grabrandt’s thunder to make his own name on October 4th and has good reason to be optimistic. Stanford has won four of his last five fights with his only loss a decision to perhaps the country’s top bantamweight prospect at that time in Isaiah Chapman. Chapman has since gone on to sign with the World Series of Fighting while Stanford sees this as his chance to put his stamp on the bantamweight division and place his name among the sports elite prospects.

The pro card will also feature a heavyweight collision between NAAFS veterans in former HW champ Big John Hawk (9-5) and former #1 contender Bobby Brents (14-4). This could be a title fight in most situations and the winner may find himself in that position after this crucial NAAFS bout. Both fighters are known for their aggressive styles and great chins which make this a fight no true fight fan will want to miss.

West Virginia’s “Wild Wild” Wes Hanson (3-0), perhaps the Midwest’s top young featherweight prospect, returns to Ohio looking for his fourth straight win to kick off his professional career. Hanson will face Canada’s Matt DiMarcantonio (5-4) who makes his NAAFS debut and looks for career win number six as a pro.

Jeff Hughes (0-0) makes his professional debut against Devon Wilson while RJ Buck (1-0) looks to go 2-0 as a pro coming while posting an impressive 12-4 record as an amateur.

Sparta Combat League Fall Brawl Review

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Main event: Brian Maronek vs. Brian Camozzi in a 170 lb. professional fight. The fighters immediately traded hard and fast strikes and a counter punch by Camozzi dropped Maronek. Camozzi followed him to the mat and Maronek tried for multiple submissions before Camozzi let him stand. On their feet there was again several back and forth exchanges until Camozzi dropped Maronek to give Camozzi the KO win at 1:18 of round one

Sam Fernandez vs. Randy Rowland in a 150 lb. fight. The fighters came out and traded crisp combinations with both mixing power strikes both in and out of the clinch. Each fighter was able to rock the other and in the end it was Rowland that dropped Fernandez and with 1-2 follow-up GNP strikes Rowand got the TKO win at 2:06 of round one.

Charles Summers vs. Anthony Adams in a 170 lb. fight. The fighters traded strikes then clinched and SUmmers landed a knee to the groin. On the restart the fighters again traded technical strikes until Adams took it to the mat. On the ground Adams controlled position and worked GNP then a reverse triangle choke that was defended until the bell ended the round. Round two went to the mat after Adams initiated the clinch and on the ground he controlled positon and scored with GNP until the referee stopped giving Adams the TKO victory at 1:58 of round two.

Max Madorsky vs. Mike Vandemark in a 150 lb. fight. MAdorski landed early strikes that stunned Vandemark. Vandemark clinched and tried for a takedown but as the fighters hit their knees Madorsky secured head control, stood and closed off the standing guillotine for the submission victory with the tapout coming at :43 of round one.

Josh Duran vs. Nate Roberts in a 205 lb. fight. The fighters immediately engaged in a hard and fast flurry of strikes until Roberts scored a takedown. On the mat Roberts took top control to flurry with GNP until he landed an accidental, illegal punch to the back of the head. On the restart the fighters again flurried and Roberts took it to the mat. The fighters scrambled back to standing and Duran scored with a combination that hurt Roberts and the follow up flurry got Duran the TKO win at 2:24 of round one.

Eddie Griffin vs. Adam Vigil in a 160 lb. fight. The fighters touched gloves and immediately Vigil flurried with punches to knock down Giffin. On the mat Vigil followed with strong GNP to get the TKO win at :20 of round one.

De Alba looks for 12th straight win this Saturday at Valley Forge Casino Resort

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VALLEY FORGE, PA (September 29, 2014)–This Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, rising Jr. Lightweight Frank De Alba will look to win his 12th straight and try to remain unbeaten in 14 in a row when he defends the UBF All America’s Super Featherweight title against Jesse Carridine (8-3-2, 4 KO’s) of Las Vegas.
The bout will headline a 6-bout card promoted by King’s Promotions and Peltz Boxing.
De Alba of Reading, PA has a record of 13-1-2 with 5 knockouts is coming off his title winning effort when he stopped Pablo Batres in 5 rounds in Reading, PA.
De Alba has been working very hard at the King’s Boxing Gym for the better part of two months.
“Everything is good.  I have been training 8 hard weeks and I am excited for Saturday to come,” said De Alba.
He knows he will be tested by Carradine, who has fought top competition.
Carrainde is a tall (listed at 5’10″) Super Featherweight.  He has fought great guys and his only losses are to current world champion Ecgeny Gradovich and top-undefeated prospects Omar Douglas and Karl Dargan.  I know I can not take him lightly.”
De Alba has been hitting harder in recent fights and he credits to some things in the gym that he has been working on.
“I am sitting on my punches more.  I know that I have power.  I do not go in there looking for a knockout but I am have been working on siting on my punches more.  So if it comes, it come.”
With this current streak, the 27 year-old, who was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico knows that the biggest fights are going to come sooner rather than later.
“Hopefully I can get this win and I know bigger names and opportunities will come.  This fight will put me one step closer.  I have been working very hard.  This is the hardest I have worked.  I am ready for 8 hard rounds and whatever my opponent brings.”, finished De Alba.
In the 8-round co-feature, undefeated Naim Nelson (12-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Ryan Belasco (18-6-3, 3 KO’s) of Wilmington, DE in a battle for UBF All America’s Jr. Welterweight title.
Jon Bolden (6-9, 5 KO’s) will take on an opponent to be announced in a 6-round Heavyweight bout.
Shawn Sutton (0-2-1) of Norristown, PA will fight Anthony Prescott (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Cherry Hill, NJ in a 4-round Jr. Middleweight bout.
Christian Molina (2-0, 1 KO) of Allentown, PA battles Josue Rivera (2-5, 2 KO’s) in a 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Travis Thompson (5-11-3, 3 KO’s) of Pottstown, PA will box Benjamin Burgos (1-8-1) of Mount Pocono, PA in a 4-round Lightweight bout

Unified MMA 20 Review

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Unified MMA returns on GFL with “Unified MMA 20″ from the Mirage Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This 8-bout card featured 5 finishes and 2 title fights!

In the main event, for the Unified MMA Heavyweight Title, Tanner Boser (6-0) defeated Jordan Tracey (3-3) via TKO in the third round to win the title. This fight had the fans on their feet the entire time. Boser used solid wrestling and grappling on the ground to wear Tracey out, round after round. Boser’s top game was strong and once he got to side control or mount it was one-sided. Tracey worked in Boser’s guard in the first round and that was his best opportunity to do damage as he scored with some ground and pound. Over the next two rounds Boser showed off his wrestling control almost to perfection. In the third, Boser kept up the pace while Tracey was exhausted. Boser landed dozens of punches on top and finally moved to mount where he scored with hammer fist after hammer fist. Boser then threw several hard elbows between the defense of Tracey that found their mark and followed up with more hammer fists as the ref stopped the fight. Both men were exhausted from their effort and Boser showed why he is the #1 heavyweight in Unified MMA and remains unbeaten. Even in defeat, Tracey showed a ton of heart in not giving up when most would have.

In the co-main event, for the Unified MMA Featherweight Championship, Parwez Ghulam (5-1) defeated Bellator and WSOF vet Behrang Yousefi (6-5) via armbar in the first round to win the title. After a brief feeling out process, Ghulam clipped Yousefi with a short left that dropped him. Ghulam followed up on the mat with punches before moving to mount and securing the armbar. Ghulam showed off an impressive submission game as he took the arm of Yousefi with no trouble and finished the fight with a damaging armbar.

In other action, WSOF vet Mark Drummond (6-2) defeated Jarid Bussemakers (4-3) via unanimous decision after a tough fight in a battle of huge welterweights. Drummond won the fight with his wrestling as he had Bussemakers on his back for the majority of the fight. Drummond did damage from inside the guard of Bussemakers, but more than anything he controlled the tempo and pace of the fight as he scored takedowns when he needed to and worked from top control.

Mike Scarcello had a quick night as he defeated Leo Constant via TKO in the first round. Gurjeet Bilkhu also had a first round TKO victory after stopping Robert Jaggard.   Aaron Bosiak defeated Shadey Yellowbird via TKO in the second.

Don’t miss this electrifying event featuring some of the top regional mixed martial arts talents from around Canada. Watch all of the fights anytime on video on demand (VOD) and own it for life as Unified MMA presents “Unified MMA 20″ on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv!

Clash of the Cruiserweights Review

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WBC challenger Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) did a good job of outworking World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs) on Saturday night to beat him by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia.

Wlodarczyk was waiting too long to let his shots off in each round, and this enabled the much busier Drozd to win rounds based on being busier.

In the past, Wlodarczyk was able to win many of his fights simply by overpowering his busier opponents, but that didn’t work tonight. Drozd was able to take the best shots from Wlodarczyk and keep coming forward to land his own punches. Wlodarczyk was knocked down in the 8th round. Drozd did a good job of shutting Wlodarczyk down in the last half of the fight when he was trying hard to score a knockout.

Wlodarczyk kept the pressure on Drozd, but his single shots weren’t able to bring him back into the fight. He needed to let his hands go by throwing multiple combinations to have had a chance to score a knockout, and that just wasnâ??t happening. Wlodarczyk’s stamina issues kept him from being able to throw enough punches to make himself competitive in the fight, especially down the stretch run when he needed to make up a lot of rounds.

The judges scored it 118-109, 119-108, 119-108.

WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) knocked challenger Pawel “Harnas” Kolodziej (33-1, 18 KOs) with a single shot in the 2nd round to win by a 2nd round knockout. Lebedev hit Kolodziej with a perfectly placed left hand to the head that put him down on the canvas. Kolodziej got back to his feet but the fight was stopped by the referee anyway after he got a look at Kolodziej’s condition.

Lebedev looked like lion in there in chasing down the timid looking Kolodziej. It wasn’t a competitive fight right from the start as Kolodziej looked out of his element.

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