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Three Lions Promotions brought professional boxing back to Hamilton, Ontario with a BANG Saturday night, where Ontario fighters Steven Wilcox (17-2-1, 5 KOs) and Kevin Higson (11-1, 1 KO) both picked up victories in separate co-headlining bouts at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The show has been dubbed ‘The Tribute” in honour of the late, great(est of all times) Muhammad Ali who passed away one year ago.
Wilcox avenged a 2016 loss to Mexico’s Oscar Arjona with a routing ten round shutout decision with the WBA-NABA super lightweight title on the line.
Higson got some retribution of his own reversing a 2016 loss to Mexico’s Martin Islas by split decision in a super welterweight bout.
Also on the card, Ontario’s Buzz Grant continued on the comeback trail with a six round decision win over Isidro Toala while rising Canadian heavyweight terror Mladen Miljas made it a perfect 5-0 with 5 knockouts when he stopped Carlos Carreon in two.
Former world super flyweight champion Tyson Marquez (42-8-2, 30 KOs) picked up his first victory of 2017 Saturday night when he scored a technical decision over Eduardo Hernandez in Mexico. Boxrec.com noted: Hernandez down once in Round 1; Fight stopped due to a cut on Marquez’s right eyelid caused by an accidental headbutt in Round 2.
In Russia, top rated local cruiserweight Dmitry Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs) avenged his only career defeat when he stopped Olanrewaju Durodola (25-4, 23 KOs) in the fifth round. Durodola handed Kudryashov his first pro loss via TKO 2 in 2015 and the Russian evened the score Saturday night in Rostov-na-Donu.
Lightweight Hank Lundy returned home to the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday night scoring a fifth round stoppage of Mexico’s Daniel Evangelista.
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