Weekend Scorecard: Crawford batters Diaz, Russell Jr. shines, Beltran wins by one-punch KO, ‘Tank’ Davis wows, more!

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Rising pound for pound superstar Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) put on one of his most impressive performances to date absolutely dominating top contender Felix Diaz (19-2, 9 KOs) on route to a stoppage at the end of ten rounds. It was the main event on HBO and took place at the storied Madison Square Garden in New York City. Crawford’s stunning agility, switch-hitting and array of offense was too much for Diaz who was bedazzled throughout. A swollen eye began to bother the challenger late in the fight and Crawford stepped on the gas down the stretch forcing the Diaz corner to end the one-sided affair after the conclusion of the tenth round. The victory saw Crawford defend his WBC and WBO super lightweight titles.

WBC Featherweight Champ Gary Russell Jr. (28-1-0, 17 KOs) gave fans in his home state of Maryland plenty to smile about tonight—scoring a third-round knockdown, before finishing off Oscar Escandon via TKO in the seventh round of their 126-pound title fight at MGM National Harbor.

Mayweather Promotions rising star and IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) retained his title by stopping previously undefeated mandatory challenger Liam Walsh (21-1, 14 KOs) in Round 3 moments ago in London. Davis was simply too fast and too powerful for Walsh, and the end came after a knockdown in the third with Davis landing unanswered blows along the ropes. Impressive win.

Top rated lightweight contender Ray Beltran (33-7-1, 21 KOs) picked up another sensational one-punch KO over Jonathan Maicelo (25-3, 12 KOs) Saturday night in New York. It was a wild affair with Beltran getting dropped by a head-butt in Round 1 that was erroneously counted as a knockdown. The Mexican charge then dropped his man at the bell to end the first stanza but it wasn’t counted. In an exciting Round 2 Maicelo was landing some good shots on Beltran but a sudden left hook ended the fight in scary fashion with Maicelo unconscious for several minutes. The win earned Beltran the WBA International, NABF and NABO titles.

Crazy ending to Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui Saturday night at the MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD. At the end of Round 8 Uzcategui doubles up hooks and the 2nd one lands after the bell rings and knocks Dirrell senseless. The Ref immediately called it a foul (after the bell) shot and Dirrell wins by DQ. Mayhem ensued and Dirrell’s trainer sucker-punched Uzcategui and was later sought by police.

Undefeated super middleweight David Benavidez (18-0, 17 KOs) put an exclamation mark on an awesome 168-pound title eliminator victory over Rogelio ‘Porky’ Medina (37-8, 31 KOs) with the below barrage to pick up the eighth round TKO win.

ALA Promotions Filipino star Milan Melindo (36-2, 13 KOs) is a world champion after capturing the IBF World light flyweight title today in Tokyo, Japan with a first round TKO 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the fight.


Photo by Mr. Sumio Yamada

Big Punching former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) picked up a workman like twelve round split decision over previously undefeated Noel Gevor (22-1, 10 KOs) in what was an IBF cruiserweight elimination bout Saturday in Poland.



Junior lightweight prospect Austin Dulay (10-0) scores three knockdowns in the first two rounds of his UD victory over Jose Esquivel tonight on #PBConFS1.



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