Professional boxing returned to Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday night where rising junior middleweight Cody Crowley (13-0, 7 KOs) headlined his own promotion (CCC Promotions) at the Memorial Centre. Crowley picked up a sixth round TKO victory over Jamaica’s Richard Holmes (14-8, 8 KOs), though it wasn’t in the fashion he was probably hoping for as the end came after a borderline low blow that Holmes claimed he couldn’t continue from (reviews later showed it was on the beltline and to the mid-section).
Things were tactical in the first two rounds until Crowley picked things up in the third and began finding the mark. He dropped Holmes in Round 4 and then went into seek and destroy mode while the visiting fighter largely looked to survive. In the sixth, a borderline body blow saw Holmes sink to the canvass where he looked to buy some time and play things up. He finally decided he wasn’t able to continue but as five minutes had passed Ontario rules specified he was to lose by TKO. It was clear Crowley’s sustained attack had taken the fight right out of the Jamaican visitor. The victory was the fourteenth in Crowley’s career.
In preliminary action, Ontario Fight Fans got a look at rising unbeaten heavyweight charge Abokan Bokpe (of Bowmanville) who pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Brock Arthur. In a middleweight bout, Jason Kelly and Jay Corcoran fought to a four round majority draw. For full results visit Boxrec.com.
The World Boxing Super Series continued Saturday with another attractive match-up between top rated cruiserweights in Latvia. WBC titleist Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) pounded out a competitive but clear twelve round unanimous decision over Mike Perez (22-3, 14 KOs) to retain his title and advance in the tournament. It wasn’t the prettiest of fights as there was a lot of clinching and grappling for position but Briedis was busier and landed the more effective shots. Perez had his moments but seemed bother by the higher work rate. Both fighters lost a point in the bout (Perez for headbutting and Briedis for holding). Once twelve rounds were complete scores were read as 116-110, 114-112 and 115-111, all for the defending champion.
The fighting Irish illustrated the meaning behind the famous moniker tonight as Irishman Gary O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KOs) battled Englishman Nick Quigley (15-3, 3 KOs) to a fourth-round technical knockout victory in the televised main event on Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN.
O’Sullivan and Quigley both came out swinging from the first bell and went toe-to-toe, with each fighter bloodied from the action. O’Sullivan received a cut as the two middleweights fought for dominance. Ultimately, the referee took note of Quigley’s decreased ability to stand solidly on his feet after a big right was landed by O’Sullivan and waved off the fight in the fourth round.
“This is my seventh time fighting in Boston and it has truly turned into my second home, I really appreciate the opportunity,” said O’Sullivan. “I was surprised by Quigley’s power as he was very strong and delivered clean shots. It was a fight full of action. Quigley and I traded a lot of shots and that’s the only way I could take the victory.”
In the televised co-main event, Filipino Recky Dulay (10-3, 7 KOs) was rocked and knocked down several times by Dandan Zenunaj (14-3, 11 KOs) in a super featherweight battle that was scheduled for 10 rounds. The referee stopped the fight in the third round, awarding the technical knockout to Zenunaj. (Source: Golden Boy Promotions)
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