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01 SEPTEMBER 2014

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Wilder Proves His Power; Vargas, Charlo, and Russell Jr. Win


Wilder nails Liakhovich
Wilder nails Liakhovich

By Derek Bonnett: At Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA, four young contenders put their rising status on the line against mostly improved opposition. Deontay Wilder made his step-up in class look easy as did Jermall Charlo. Francisco Vargas had to put in the rounds, but advanced his credentials in his division. Gary Russell Jr. remained perfect, but has fans at their wits end desiring him to take on a world class opponent. The card was aired by SHOBox.

 

In the main event, Deontay Wilder provided fans with an exhibition in power as he blew out the usually durable Siarhei Liakhovich at 1:43 of round one. A right hand rocked the former WBO heavyweight champion and a second put him down. The referee called a halt without a count after seeing Liakhovich’s reaction to Wilder’s power. Wilder kept his perfect record intact at 29-0 (29).Liakhovich crashed to 25-6 (16).

 

In the fight of the night, Francisco Vargas, 28, put on a strong performance in defeating the game Brandon Bennett in a ten round super featherweight bout. The three judges favored the Mexican fighter by margins of 99-91, 99-90, and 98-92. Vargas remained unbeaten at 17-0-1 (13). Bennett tasted defeat for the first time in moving to 16-1 (7).

 

 


Charlo looked impressive against Smith
Charlo looked impressive against Smith
Vargas proved too good for Bennett
Vargas proved too good for Bennett

In junior middleweight action, Jermall Charlo scored a career best victory with a second round TKO over, once promising contender, Antwone Smith. Charlo, 23, forced the stoppage at the 2:23 mark to remain unbeaten in his professional campaign at 15-0 (11). Smith dipped to 23-5-1 (12).

 

Gary Russell Jr., 25, remained unbeaten in improving his record to 23-0 (13) with a lopsided unanimous decision against, over-seasoned journeyman, Juan Ruiz. Ruiz lost for the seventh consecutive time and is winless over the last five years. He fell to 23-12 (7).  The featherweight contest was scored 100-90 on all three scorecards. 

 

All pics supplied by Tom Casino

 

August 8, 2013

Broner raps Bennett
Broner raps Bennett
Wilder set up Liakhovich
Wilder set up Liakhovich


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