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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Bejenaru Retains Title Against Mchunu

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By Stephen Tobey at ringside in Uncasville, Conn. – Constantin Bejenaru retained his World Boxing Council International cruiserweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Thabiso Mchunu of Catos Ridge, South Africa on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.


The scores were 97-92 (twice) and 98-91. Bejenaru, of Brooklyn, New York, improved to 13-0 (3 knockouts). Mchunu dropped to 18-4 (11).


The fight between the two southpaws was a tactical one without either fighter landing many damaging blows.

“It was a really hard fight,” Bejenaru said. “We’re both left-handed and we’re more used to fighting right-handers and that made it hard, but that was the fight.”


In the seventh, Bejenaru dropped Mchunu with a right hand.


“I don’t think that was the difference, but it was in my favor,” Bejenaru said.


In the co-main event, Danny O’Connor of Framingham, Massachusetts won the vacant WBC Silver International super lightweight title with a third-round stoppage of Danny Gonzalez of Woodhaven, New York in a scheduled 10.


O’Connor, who sustained a cut over his left eye in the first round, dropped Gonzalez with an overhand left at the beginning of the second. Referee Steve Willis stopped it 39 seconds into the round.


O’Connor is now29-3 (12). Gonzalez dropped to 14-1 (5).


Light heavyweight Charles Foster of New Haven, Connecticut picked up a win when the ringside physician did not let Quentin Rankin out of his corner for the sixth round of a scheduled eight. Rankin was cut along his left eye in the third round. Foster improved to 14-0 (8); Rankin dropped to 12-5-2 (9).


Anthony Laureano of East Hartford, Connecticut won a six-round majority decision over Johnny Hernandez of Huntington, New York at junior welterweight. The scores were 58-56 (twice) and 57-57. Laureano is now 6-0 (3); Hernandez is 8-3 (1).


Middleweight Kali Reis of Providence, Rhode Island won a six-round unanimous decision against Tiffany Woodard of Wilson, North Carolina. The scores were 59-55, 60-53 and 60-54. Reis improved to 12-6-1 (3); Woodard dropped to 4-9-3 (3).


Sequan Felton of Rochester, New York won a four-round unanimous decision over debuting Carlos Marrera of Bridgeport, Connecticut at super featherweight. The scores were 40-35 (twice) and 39-36.


Felton (2-2) dropped Marrero in the final minute of the third with a left hook.


Dan Murray of Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey won a four-round split decision over Valeria Nocera of Rome, Italy in a junior welterweight bout. The scores were 38-37 (twice) for Murray (3-1) and 38-37 for Nocera (3-1-1). Murray scored a flash knockdown at the end of the second. It was Noncera’s first appearance in the United States.


Wendy Toussaint of Huntington, New York stopped Daniel Castro of Yonkers, New York in the second round of a scheduled six-round junior middleweight bout. Toussaint is now 7-0 (2). Daniel Schiavone stopped it 38 seconds into the round. Castro dropped to 2-2 (1).

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