The Cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series kicked off today in Berlin, Germany where WBO titleist Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) stopped former world title holder Marco Huck (40-5-1, 27 KOs) via tenth round TKO.
Canada’s Brandon ‘Bad Boy’ Cook (18-1, 11 KOs) gave a valiant effort but came up short Saturday in Astana, Kazakhstan where he was stopped in the ninth round by an impressive looking Kanat Islam (25-0, 20 KOS). The local charge was sharper and heavier handed and dropped Cook three times in the bout but the Canadian had no quit in him and got up and threw back big counter punches each time. Early in Round 9 the referee had seen enough and halted the bout with Cook under siege but still on his feet fighting back. The victory sets the stage for a probable world title shot for Islam early next year.
On Friday professional boxing returned to the Western Speedway in Victoria, B.C. in the form of Summer Slugfest, an exciting night of pro Boxing and amateur MMA and Kickboxing. The event was headlined by fast rising Canadian heavyweight Adam ‘Boogeyman’ Braidwood (9-1, 8 KOs) who scored an exciting first round KO of big-punching Mexican veteran Wilfrido Leal (10-11-2, 8 KOs).
Rixa / Grant Brothers quick results from Tohu, Montreal courtesy of Boxrec.com: Erik Bazinyan stopped Bernard Donfack in Round 2, Roody Pierre Paul stopped Jesus Antonio Rios in Round 2. Golden Garcia pounded out an eight-round split decision over Oscar Mejia, Ryan Ford stopped Joaquin Murrieta by TKO after 4.
For full undercard results visit Boxrec.com.
Stay tuned for a full video / photo report from our man on the scene in Montreal, the one and only Pierre Lavoie of Way Productions
On Friday’s Benavidez-Gavril undercard in Las Vegas, Abie Han suffered a devastating accidental head-butt against J’Leon Love at 1:02 into the eighth round and the fight went to the scorecards. One judge had Las Vegas’ Love winning 79-73, and the other two 76-76 making the decision a technical majority draw.
In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten super middleweight prospect Caleb Plant (16-0, 10 KOs) recorded a 10-round shutout decision against a tough Andrew Hernandez (19-7-1, 9 KOs), 100-90 three times.
In early preliminary action, former middleweight titleist Peter Quillin (31-1-1, 23 KOs) made his successful ring return (after spending two years inactive) pounding out a unanimous decision over journeyman Dashon Johnson (22-22-3, 7 KOs) in an eight round bout.
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