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23 AUGUST 2014

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Tabiti, Gavril, Theopane All Win in Vegas Dark Bouts

By: Mike Sloan ringside in Las Vegas: Local cruiserweight prospect Andrew Tabiti remained unbeaten with a fourth round stoppage of opponent John Shipman. Tabiti took his time in dishing out his power – a little longer than many anticipated - but he still got the job done, keeping his record full of knockouts. The end came when Tabiti rocked Shipman with a left and then pounced on him in a neutral corner until referee Russell Mora stopped it. The official time came at 2:11 of the fourth, preventing Shipman (3-2, 2 KOs) from absorbing any unnecessary punishment.

 

 

 


Romanian-American super middleweight Ronald Gavril systematically broken down Tyrell Hendrix with an assortment of punches to the head and body and stopped him in the fourth round. Gavril (9-0, 7 KOs) staggered Hendrix (10-4-2, 3 KOs) multiple times throughout the skirmish and when the Los Angeles-based pugilist was trapped in a neutral corner, taking too many shots, referee Russell Mora stepped in. The official time of the TKO came at 1:58 of the stanza.

 

2012 Olympian Anthony Ogogo remained undefeated with a third round TKO over Jonuel Tapia. The middleweight took his time, but early in the third, he hurt Tapia and teed off on him. Referee Jay Nady had no choice but to halt the bout, stopping the brawl 46 seconds into the third and rescuing the Bronx resident. With the win, Ogogo, who hails from Norfolk, England, improved to 6-0 with his third career knockout. Tapia fell to 8-5-1 with 5 KOs.

Veteran welterweight Ashley Theopane was sensational against Angino Perez en route to an emphatic fourth round stoppage. Though much shorter than the Miami-based fighter, the England transplant tagged Perez to the head and body virtually whenever he wanted. Theopane (35-6-1, 11 KOs), now a Vegas resident, rocked his foe multiple times and scored a second round knockdown. Finally, after he wobbled Perez (15-5, 13 KOs) with several unanswered shots, Kenny Bayless stopped it at 2:44 of the frame.

After a modest opening round, local super middleweight Lanell Bellows tore into opponent Thomas Gifford, bloodying and dropping him after a vicious three-punch combo. Once the Hot Springs, AR fighter hit the deck, referee Jay Nady ended it, though Gifford tried to protest. The official time of the TKO came at 1:17 of the second, allowing Bellows to improve to 7-1-1 (6) while Gifford drops to 2-2-1 (1).

 

Welterweight prospect Ladarius Miller picked apart Richard Colas, stopping him just 58 seconds into the third round. Miller (2-0) scored his first career knockout when referee Kenny Bayless waived off the contest after Colas (1-3, 1 KO) wasn’t defending himself against swarm of punches.

 

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