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15 NOVEMBER 2018

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Undercard Results From Atlantic City


Meiirim "The Sultan" Nursultanov (8-0, 7 KOs) made it a quick night, needing only two rounds to defeat Jonathan Batista (17-15, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Batista’s corner called an end to the fight after the second round, following a tremendous headshot by Nursultanov at the end of the round. While it did not cause a knockdown, Batista had already taken enough punishment through both rounds for his team to protect their fighter.
Despite the victory, Nursultanov wanted to put on more of a show. "I didn’t like that he quit. I wanted a real knockout, so it is not how I planned." Nursultanov said he had a solid five weeks of training camp and "I was ready, 100 percent." To his fans, ’The Sultan’ said "Thank you everybody, thank you Atlantic City. It’s a very good place and I hope to come back here again."

 

Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Karl Dargan (18-1, 9 KOs) of Philadelphia launched his comeback after three years away from the sport with a unanimous decision in six rounds over Jonathan Perez of Colombia (37-23, 29 KOs). All three judges saw the fight as a shutout for Dargan with scores of 60-54.
Dargan took nearly three years off after his first loss in 2015, pursuing his interests in music and reality TV. Now back training under the respect Brother Naazim Richardson, Dargan thrilled his many fans in the Etess Arena.
Dargan said he was satisfied with the results after the layoff. "I mainly wanted to get the rounds in. There are a lot of things I saw that I could have done. But I didn’t want to make no mistakes." Dargan said the win gives him new motivation going forward. "It was like a pro debut again. I’m going to stay ready, and stay in the gym. As long as I am healthy, I am going to keep moving."
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
In a borough battle, Brooklyn native Frank "Notorious" Galarza (20-2-2, 12 KOs) blasted an overwhelmed Alex Duarte of New York City (13-6-1, 10 KOs) in a junior middleweight contest. The local hero dropped Duarte with a left hook to the body, then sealed the deal with another body shot at 1:57 of round two.
As referee Eddie Claudio counted Duarte out for the KO victory, Galarza repeatedly drew a finger across his throat, signaling the win to his many fans.
After the bout, Galarza reflected on the win. "I feel good, I feel like a rock star at the Hard Rock! There is always room for improvement."
Galarza was treated for a cut on top of the head after the bout. "I think he gave me a head butt, he gave me a little laceration on the top of my head. But we executed - you know, he was a little wild. We came in and stood tight, stayed low, and went for the body. We did the job, we took him out with a body shot."
Galarza said he has ambitious plans for his next fight. "I want to start getting some names, get some TV, some HBO. Let’s start fighting someone big!"
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Bakhram Murtazaliev (13-0, 11 KOs) of Grozny, Russia extended his knockout streak to eight, stopping Fernando Carcamo of Mexico (23-9, 18 KOs) in just 41 seconds of round one for a successful defense of his IBA Junior Middleweight World Title. Murtazaliev came forward with bad intentions at the opening bell, intent on getting the stoppage. Carcamo had little to offer in response.
"It happened so fast, I still don’t understand," Murtazaliev admitted. "I just left, and I am in the dressing room already. Of course, I’m very happy. A win is a win. We are moving forward fast." Murtazaliev said he wants to fight a world champion next for a title. To his fans, Murtazaliev said, "Thank you very much for supporting me. Please continue to support me, I promise I will show you the best fights."
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Madiyar Ashkeyev (10-0, 6 KOs) of Kazakhstan wasted no time in his junior middleweight contest, stopping Eduardo Flores of Ecuador (24-30-4, 14 KOs) after referee Maulana Murdaugh waved off the contest at 50 seconds of the fourth round.
Ashkeyev, 29, repeatedly scored with a vicious body assault, then began landing punches to the head, causing Flores to repeatedly spit out his mouthpiece. Referee Murdaugh took a point from Flores for his actions and he will serve a 30-day suspension.
"I listened to my trainer Marcos Contreras, I followed his direction and you see the results," said Ashkeyev. "I’m very happy with the results I showed today. I will keep moving forward." Ashkeyev said he heard the fans cheering their approval. "I heard everybody. I’m very proud of all my fans."
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Denis Douglin (20-6, 12 KOs) of Marlboro, New Jersey made his home state fans happen with a unanimous decision victory over Vaughn "Da Animal" Alexander (12-1, 8 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri, dealing Alexander his first professional loss. Scores were 100-90, and 99-91 X 2.
The tough super middleweights traded power shots throughout a rough and tumble fight. Douglin was the busier fighter and it was the difference
"I give myself a C-plus," said Douglin of the win. "I had a little bit of ring rust. I felt like I should have done more to him in the earlier rounds. It took a little bit to get comfortable. Fighters shouldn’t be fighting once a year. It took me time to shake off the nerves, but once I felt good, I felt good. I’ll be back in the gym on Monday. I’m from Jersey, so people are looking for me to keep coming."
After the fight, Alexander said it just wasn’t his night. "The dude was tough like I knew he would be." Alexander said he would now give some thought to his future. "I have to go and think about what I want to do - I don’t know."
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Welterweight Enriko "Gogo" Gogokhia of Georgia (8-0, 3 KOs) made a successful return to the ring after a 10-month layoff due to injury with a solid unanimous decision over tough veteran Ronald Montes of Colombia (18-10, 16 KOs) to remain undefeated. Scores were 60-56 on all three scorecards.
"I felt very good," said Gogokhia after the bout. "I’m happy with only 50 percent of everything. I won, but I didn’t knock him out. I didn’t fight for nine months due to injury. This was a good warmup for the next fight. I’ll fight everybody they give to me."
Gogokhia had a message for his loyal fans. "Thank you very much to everybody who came to support me. I’m going to show you very nice fights in the future."
Photo Credit: David Spagnolo/Main Events
Opening the evening, two-time NY Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Ismael Villarreal (3-0) from the Bronx, New York remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over against the previously undefeated Kieran Hooks (3-1, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All three judges gave Villarreal the same scores on the cards, 39-37.
Villarreal called it a good fight. "I feel great. I am happy that I got to Puerto Rico and prepare myself for this. I think that really helped a lot for this fight," said Villarreal. "I want to say thank you for everybody supporting me, and especially Joe (trainer Jose Santiago) for telling me to go to Puerto Rico to train."
Villarreal, 20, son of former super lightweight fighter Otilio Villarreal, is building his own fan base and legacy, while simultaneously carrying a full course load at Brooklyn Community College, majoring in secondary education. Villarreal will be back to school in a few weeks. And then? "Whatever fight is next, I’m going to fight. Hopefully it’s soon."
"It was a great night of boxing, Boxing is back in Atlantic City," declared Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events.



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