Weekend Scorecard: Kovalev ‘Krushes’ Shabranskyy, Kopas wins in Saskatoon, Rozicki and Laviolette impress in Nova Scotia, more!

Sergey Kovalev regained his WBO Light Heavyweight World Title in classic Krusher fashion with a second round stoppage of Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Kovalev came out of the gates swinging, knocking down Shabranskyy twice in the first round. The second round continued with more hard shots from The Krusher and a third knockdown. Finally, at 2:36 of the second round, the referee called a halt to the action and Kovalev was named the new WBO champ. (Source: Main Events)

The co-feature of the evening saw Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KOs) of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Felix Valera (162, 13 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic scored knockdowns in the first round. Both men fought on but it was Barrera pulling away down the stretch to win by scores of 98-88, 97-90 and 97-89 to pick up the unanimous decision win in the exciting ten rounder.

The live HBO telecast began with a controversial decision between Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, Florida and Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KOs) of Camden, New Jersey. Despite a deducted point for holding in the tenth, Gamboa was declared the winner by majority decision after ten hard-fought rounds. The scorecards varied widely for this bout. One referee scored the contest 94-94. The other two judges scored the fight for Gamboa 95-93 and 96-92.

Pro boxing returned with a BANG to the SaskTel Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saturday night as Dennis Page’s “Page Professional Sports Promotions” presented “Thunder on the Prairies”. In the main event of the evening Professional Boxing Council (C.P.B.C.) Cruiserweight champion Gary ‘Hocus Pocus’ Kopas scored a thrilling seventh round stoppage of France’s Saidou Sall in a ten contested for the C.P.B.C. International Cruiserweight title.

For more info on full results from the card check out Boxrec.com!

Professional boxing returned to Sydney, Nova Scotia for the first time in over thirty years Saturday night as Brandon Brewer’s L-Jack Promotions staged a packed night of fistic action at ‘Centre 200′. The card was presented in association with Glenn Williams’ Thunder Boxing and trilled the locals in attendance.

In the main event, Sydney’s own fast rising cruiserweight terror Ryan Rozicki (4-0, 4 KOs) made quick and violent work of 16 bout veteran Kristof Demendi of Slovakia. A debilitating body shot sent the visitor to the canvass in the first round and it was all over earning Rozicki the emphatic KO1 win.

In a co-featured bout, Nova Scotia’s Joey Laviolette (7-1, 4 KOs) won a hard fought eight round decision over Mexico’s Juan Jose Rodriguez.

For more info on full results from the card check out Boxrec.com!

Filipino powerhouse ALA Promotions staged “Pinoy Pride 43” this weekend in Bohol where undefeated pinoy featherweight Mark Magsayo (18-0, 13 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Japan’s Shota Hayashi to defend his WBO international title.

Read all the results from our friend Edri Aznar who was at ringside:

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