Nathaniel Gallimore delivered his greatest efficiency in a number of years, one which was correctly rewarded by two of the three judges in his newest contest.
The veteran junior middleweight pulled off a well-earned upset determination win over beforehand unbeaten Leon Lawson. Judges John Mariano had the competition 95-95, overruled by judges Patrick Morley (96-94) and Mike Fitzgerald (97-93) who scored the competition in for Gallimore atop a PBC on FS1 telecast previous the principle present on Fox prime from The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Lawson—a Flint, Michigan native who’s a cousin of Anthony and Andre Dirrell—opened the bout robust, outworking Gallimore, who usually spends pockets of each struggle posing in locations the place he must be throwing punches.
Gallimore picked up the tempo in spherical 4, because the Chicago-based Jamaican product repeatedly scored with energy pictures. A much more punishing spherical 5 noticed Gallimore join with a proper hand to briefly stagger Lawson.
The second half of the struggle featured a number of rounds there for the taking, with Lawson trying to be the busier fighter however Gallmore touchdown the cleaner blows. Gallimore ran a 30-second drill on the finish of the struggle, twice catching Lawson (14-1, 7KOs) with proper palms to seal the deal on two of the three scorecards.
Gallimore improves to 22-5-1 (17KOs), selecting up his first win in practically two years. The 33-year-old trialhorse suffered back-to-back losses to present Prime 10 contenders Erickson Lubin and Sebastian Fundora, the latter serving because the lone stoppage lack of his seven-year profession as he was stopped inside in six rounds by the 6’6” Fundora final August.
Atif Oberlton picked up his second knockout win in 4 weeks and third in as many professional fights. The 22-year-old mild heavyweight southpaw earned his newest feat in a fifth-round stoppage of Jasper McCargo (4-2-2, 2KOs).
Oberlton was prolonged barely into the third spherical in every of his first two professional fights, although not as sharp right here because it took not less than that lengthy for him to search out his rhythm. McCargo fought to outlive, although that plan started to falter in spherical 4 when he was floored simply earlier than the bell. Oberlton closed the present moments later, as McCargo was compelled to the canvas courtesy of a physique shot that prompted referee Gary Miezwa to name a halt to the competition at 0:24 of spherical 5.
Opening the telecast, rookie junior middleweight Travon Marshall picked up his second profession win in a four-round unanimous determination over Ruben Torres (4-2, 1KO). All three judges scored the competition 40-35 in favor of Marshall (2-0, 1KO), who received his professional debut by first-round knockout simply two months in the past however was prolonged the complete four-round distance. It got here in dominant vogue, because the 20-year-old from Capitol Heights, Maryland floored Torres late in spherical three for the bout’s lone knockdown.
Off tv, Alantez Fox (28-2-1, 13KOs) picked up his second consecutive win following a seventh-round stoppage of Tampa’s Manny Woods (17-12-1, 6KOs). Fox—a 6’4” tremendous middleweight from Higher Marlboro, Maryland—closed the present with a proper hand that rocked Woods to the purpose the place referee Gary Miezwa not felt it was protected for him to proceed, stopping the bout at 1:11 of spherical seven.
The entire aforementioned bouts served in supporting capability to locally-based interim WBA tremendous middleweight titlist David Morrell (4-0, 3KOs), who faces Mexico’s Mario Cazares (12-0, 5KOs) within the Fox-televised essential occasion.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox