White vs Sukhotsky
By Sean Wippert ringside in Las Vegas: The co-main event of the evening featured a pair of touted international light heavyweights in their bid to take home the IBF Light Heavyweight Title. Hard hitting Texan, Cornellius “Da Beast” White had accumulated a record of 20-1 with 16 knockouts and was looking to improve upon that, possibly by increasing his 76% knockout rate. Across from him was the top ranked Russian fighter, Dmitry Sukhotsky, who carried a record of 18-1 with 13 knockouts.
After a timid opening round, it was Sukhotsky who struck first. The Russian fighter peppered White with a series of shots early in the second round, grabbing Whites attention. White fired a few back in response. This gave the Houston native a flash of confidence which he carried through the rest of the round and into the next few rounds. White continued to tag his opponent with series after series of both long and mid ranged shots as the rounds ticked away.
By the sixth round the damage being done by White was starting to show on Sukhotsky’s face as his eyelids began to swell. While his face may have been puffing up, the tough Russian did not deter from continuing his attacks on White. The feeling was mutual as neither man was now firmly unafraid to trade shots with the other.
After a temporary stoppage in the 9th round, Sukhotsky continued his relentless push forward. On several occasions however, White began feinting shots, to which the Russian dodged in a manner expectant of real shots. While Sukhotsky continued to show just how much heart he possessed, it also revealed that his eyesight may have been coming into question.
The twilight rounds of the fight were all White as he began trying finish hi. While he may not have taken him to the mat, he did enough through the fight to earn the victory, getting the scores of 119-109, 118-110, and 120-108. With the win White improves to 20-1 with 16 knockouts and takes home the IBF Light Heavyweight Title. The tough loss drops the Sukhotsky to a respectable 18-2 with 13 knockouts.
After the fight White said that he told everyone he was coming, and proved it in the ring. He said that Sukhotsky was a great fighter, but that he was a force to be reckoned with and looked forward to a possible future matchup with Jean Pascal.
One of the earlier bouts of evening pitting a pair of heavyweights that could not have been further from each other in terms of geography and records if they tried. Coming from Los Angeles with a record of 6-7-2 was “Will of Steel” Andrea Carthon.
The scrappy fighter from California definitely had his work cut out for him as he faced off against undefeated Ahror Muralimov. The Uzbekistan native brought with him a perfect 12-0 with all but one win coming by way of knockout. If Carthon was going to move his win-loss record above a .500 average, he was going to have to have the fight of his life.
The opening minutes of the fight revealed just how much of a hill Carthon had to overcome as he found himself the receiver of several flurries of accurate shots. He returned fire with some good shots and a few haymakers that just never found their mark. As the second and third rounds ticked away, Muralimov looked as though he was beginning to find the timing of his hard swinging opponent. His attacks looked as though they slipped all to easily between Carthon’s huge swings, landing with uncanny precision. The damage from these exchanges added up quickly, almost soliciting a knockout by Muralimov near the end if the 3rd.
The middle rounds were a lot of the same as the openers as Muralimov continued to weave and fire through his wild swinging opponent. By the 6th, much of the power behind Carthon’s punch had evaporated, leaving behind a winded fighter still trying to land that one big shot. This tone continued through the closing few minutes of the fight.
When the final bell sounded it was Muralimov who took home the victory with unanimous scores of 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75. With the win he improves to 13-0 with 11 knockouts and in the process sends Cathon back to Los Angeles with a record of 6-8-2 with 1 knockout. In the end this fight seemed to be the result of what happens when a perfect record meets an imperfect one and that sometimes heart can’t overcome everything.
Arguably one of the most entertaining fights of the evening happened after much of the crowd had left after the main event. California featherweight Alexis Hernandez and Las Vegan Pedro Martinez spent the better part of their fight unloading copious amounts of offense on one another.
The first round carried so much carnage that Hernandez managed a knockdown of Martinez by the halfway point of the round. In response, Martinez not only came back swinging, he landed nearly knocked out Hernandez with his own series of punishing flurries. The pair continued their brutal exchanges with reckless abandon, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. The crowd became so fervent over Martinez’s tenacity to fight back, that they cheered in his name as if he was already the world champion.
In the end however the knockdown in the first proved to be too much for Martinez to overcome. The judges scored the bout 38-38, 38-37, and 38-37, awarding the majority decision to Hernandez who now improves to 2-1. After the fight the announcer stated that the promoter stated that there would be a rematch, an impressive feat under any circumstances. This incredible fight proved that sometimes the best bouts come when neither man has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
In middleweight action, Yosmani Abreu took on Lenny “Angelis” Ellis. The two Las Vegans started off well with Ellis using his noticeable range to launch shots. Abreu however walked through a lot of the offense, grabbing and grinding out shots of his own. This became an issue for Ellis as much of his offense through the rest of the rounds seemed to wind up getting stifled by his opponent. In the end it was enough for Abreu to pick up the win, improving to 3-3-1 and dropping Ellis to 2-2.
Also on the card was Tennessee light flyweight Edwin Reyes as he faced off against Yosigev “Pit Bull” Ramirez of Las Vegas, NV. The fight saw an exceptionally active and evasive Reyes dodging a scrappy Ramirez. As the fight progressed it seemed that both men were very well suited to counter one another, a fact the proved prophetic. The judges saw both men equal on the night in their efforts, scoring the fight a majority draw with the scores of 39-37, 38-38 and 38-38. Both Reyes and Ramirez gained identical records of 0-0-2.
In the world of light welterweights, Robert Osiobe earned a unanimous decision over fellow Las Vegan Cameron Kreal. Osiobe’s utilized a conventional attack which garnered him enough points to get past the awkward offense of Kreal. With a trio of 59-55 scores from the judges, Osiobe improves to 12-5-4 with 6 knockouts. With the loss Kreal falls to 2-3-2.
Las Vegan Chico McQueen won his professional debut as a light welterweight. He pounded out a victory over fellow new professional, Jorge Soto in a 4 round slug out. Soto earned the scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36 to take home his first win outside the amateur ranks.
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