By Marc Livitz:
J’Leon Love kept his unbeaten record intact this evening with a tenth round TKO win over Vladine Biosse in a super middleweight contest.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. may be close to retirement as a boxer, but if this evening’s showcase at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York was any indication of future success, then his days as a promoter may be equally due of high praise. The pound for pound champion had a number of fighters under his watchful eye on display and each combatant did their best to make the "TMT" banner proud.
Each man held a particularly wide stance as the opening bell sounded. The orthodox (Love) versus southpaw (Biosse) matchup saw its first notable punch connected within the first minute by way of a J’Leon Love straight right. He used his ring intelligence to measure the distance and head movement of his rival, which allowed him to see Vladine walk straight into another right hand just before the bell sounded. J’Leon looked remain outside of Biosse’s lead foot as the second commenced. He kept using his snapping, yet pawing right jab to keep his Cape Verde Islands opponent at an effective disadvantage through the second.
The constant jabbing and follow through on the part of J’Leon Love took its toll on Biosse early on the third round. Vladine had a noticeable gash over his right eye as well. He tried to throw punches and he did, yet he was only able to hit the night air.
The contest took almost a cynical turn in the closing minute of round three as Love basically squared up to Vlad and went to work. J’Leon surveyed his target, loaded up and fired away. His foe almost went through the ropes at one point. Successive rights and left found their respective mark as the Michigan fighter wailed away. He landed a strong uppercut with about ten seconds to spare. Somehow, Vlad Biosse made it through the round.
J’Leon Love entered the cut department in round four. His was above his left eye. Biosse had his moments and of course, it was only a matter of time in the "right versus left" battle before a clash of heads would occur, as it did a few times in the period. Not much happened in the round, yet it was still bloody and fought close in.
Love landed a quick right as round five began. Biosse tried to bull his way into his opponent and found an uppercut from Love as his hard work continued into the stanza. By this time, Biosse’s white trunks were blood pink and Love’s were a darker shade of crimson as well.
Vladine used a rapid fire right jab in the opening moments of the sixth. Love answered with a pair of straight rights which slowed the pace a bit more. He tried his best to get to J’Leon as his eyes grew more and more swollen. Love went on the attack in the closing seconds. Multiple unanswered shots were landed, mostly to the cranium of Biosse, who had formed a habit of losing (perhaps intentionally) his mouthpiece to stop the action. Before the round closed, referee Benjy Esteves decided that a point should be deducted for the antics.
J’Leon Love didn’t appear to have the power as a super middleweight to end the contest as he may have liked. Biosse, although bloodied and beaten up remained game and active throughout round seven. Love continued to pop and prod away. Matters were much the same in the eighth. J’Leon tried to end the evening, yet he still needed to keep himself from being effectively punched out in the ring. Biosse used his legs and body to lean into his foe in an effort to grind the action into slower speeds.
Love landed a three punch combination which was topped off with an uppercut a few seconds into round nine. His left jab was finding its home once again as well. Nevertheless, Vlad Biosse remained on his feet and fought on to see the contest go into the tenth and final round. J’Leon kept his jab in his opponent’s face as the round was underway. A straight right sent Biosse into a corner and Love looked intent on closing the show. Successive shots landed to the head of Vladine and his evening would come to a close when Biosse went to the canvas as he tried to clinch. Benjy Esteves knew the time was right to end the contest. Much to the protest of Vlad Biosse, the bout was called to an end at the 45 second point of round ten.
J’Leon Love remains undefeated tonight in Verona by way of a tenth round TKO victory over Vladine Biosse. His record is now (16-0, 9 KO’s) and Biosse’s ledger now stands at (15-2-2, 7 KO’s).
Co Main Event Report
"Edward Shocks Jack with First Round KO"
Derek Edward wasted no time in gaining acquaintance with Badou Jack. Less than forty seconds transpired in the super middleweight contest before a short overhand right found the head of his Swedish opponent and sent him butt first to the canvas.
Jack rose to his feet and he was clearly dazed and disoriented from the clean shot. Edward was sure to jump on his ring foe as soon as Jack "The Ripper" had confided in the ring official that he could continue. Badou tried to clinch just as Derek landed another right cross to the head, which resulted in knockdown number two and this time Jack went gut first to the canvas. He struggled to get to his feet and stumbled backward towards the ropes once he was vertical. It didn’t matter.
Referee Charlie Fitch had seen enough and waved the bout to close at the 1:01 mark of round one, somewhat to the unwarranted protests of the Mayweather Promotions fighter. Derek "The Black Lion" Edward scored an upset victory this evening and took his record to (27-3-1, 14 KO’s), while Badou Jack was dealt his first professional loss and fell to (16-1-1, 11 KO’s).
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Luis Arias MD8 Dashon Johnson - Super Middleweights
Ronald Gavril TKO3 Cameron Allen - Super Middleweights
John Franklin UD8 Jesus Bayron - Super Bantamweights
Andrew Omotunde Tabiti TKO1 Dorian Hatcher - Cruiserweights
Ladarius Miller UD4 Douglas Rosales - Welterweights