Jerry Glick reporting: “Take it out, take it out,” demanded a brave Stivens (Steve) “Superman” Bujaj. With blood pouring from his mouth from a damaged tooth and ring doctors considering whether to stop the fight, a determined Bujaj was insisting on going on regardless of how.
In what may have been the fight of the year, two unbeaten punchers went at it for ten brutal rounds. Bujaj, 198.4, fought the last half of the fight with a bloody mouth caused by a tooth knocked loose by Junior Wright, 198.6. Fighting with desperation, Bujaj, 12-0-1 (9 KOs), pulled it out down the stretch, and almost scored a knockout as the tenth and final round wound down.
They traded the advantage throughout. Wright kept Bujaj moving backwards and tried to hammer him on the ropes, but Bujaj would either fire back or use his legs to get himself out of trouble.
The eight fight show, promoted by Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions, attracted a packed house at the Millenium Theater in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
Fighting with a bloody mouth, Bujaj landed the more accurate punches, but Wright, 10-0-1 (9 KOs), had him under pressure as he stayed on top of Bujaj almost all night. The Judges scored it a split draw with scores of 96-94 for each man and 95-95 all even, so Bujaj retains his WBC United States (USNBC) cruiserweight title, and the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title remains vacant.
Big Jarrell Miller, 263, put on a bruising performance as he pounded Joshua Harris, 213, for every minute of the fight which was a short affair. After sortening him up in the first frame, Miller, now 9-0-1 (9 KOs), landed a huge right uppercut that dumped a hurt Harris. Up and shaky, Harris, 9-8-1(7 KOs), took a beating until referee Willis ended it at 1:53 of the second.
Steven Martinez, 153.8, had an awkward opponent who is there to lose, but he gave young Martinez a struggle. Antonio Chaves Fernandez, 154, may not have skills or a punch, but he can take a beating and that he did until referee Eddie Claudio could watch no more stopping at 2:04 of round five after Fernandez absorbed a hard left to the head that staggered him.
As he left the ring Martinez said, “He was durable, but we still got the job done.”
Dimash Niyazov, 134, managed to dominate very tall Jose Del Valle, 133, to win a unanimous four and move to 6-0-2 ((4 KOs). Niyazov used the ring to get close to his lanky opponent to land combinations to the head and body. Just to finish fast, Niyazov lashed out in last ten seconds to land a hard left hook that almost toppled Del Valle, 2-6-3 (1 KO), in the fourth frame. All three Judges had Niyazov ahead 40-36 twice and 39-37. Sparkle Lee refereed.
Mikkel Lespierre, 148.6, had a willing foe in Rapahel Luna, 150, but was able to bust him up. Luna suffered a cut right eye and a bloody nose. Lespierre worked best from outside throwing potshots to control the fight. Luna tried hard to work inside but could not keep the fight up close. All three Judges agreed 60-54 for Lespierre who moved to 5-0-1 (3 KOs), and Luna fell to 4-9-3 (1 KO). Steve Willis refereed.
Quick and easy for Akil Auguste, 161.8, improved to 4-1 (4 KOs), as he landed two rights that resulted in two knockdowns and left hook resulted in a third causing referee Eddie Claudio to stop Juan Zapata, 163, at 1:59 of round one of four. Zapata fell to 3-8-1 (2 KOs).
Marcos Suarez, 136, dominated the early going against journeyman Ian James, 136. It appeared that Suarez, 3-0-1 (1 KO), scored a knockdown in the third, but referee Sparkle Lee ruled it was from a rabbit punch. Down the stretch, James, 2-6-1 (1 KO) came alive and stepped it up, but his effort fell short as all three Judges agreed, 39-37 for Suarez.
Alexey Zubov, 200, threw all the punches in his 105 seconds fight against hapless Glenn Thomas, 204. A right hurt Thomas, 1-3 (0 KOs), and Zubov, 3-0 (3 KOs). followed up with another barrage of punches ending with another right to the head which dropped Thomas to his knee. At that point, referee Steve Willis had seen enough.