Middleweights Esquiva Falcao (29-0, 20 KOs) and Patrice Volny (16-1, 10 KOs) had been headed for a distance battle till a brutal headbutt opened a gash above Falcao’s left eye within the sixth spherical.
The battle went to the scorecards, and Falcao prevailed by technical choice (58-56 Volny, 58-56 Falcao and 58-57 Falcao) in an IBF title eliminator.
Falcao, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist for Brazil, is now in line for the winner of December’s title unification battle between WBA champion Ryota Murata and IBF kingpin Gennadiy Golovkin.
Janibek “Qazaq Model” Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7 KOs) is an issue. The world-ranked middleweight from Kazakhstan steamrolled former two-time champion Hassan N’Dam (38-6, 21 KOs) by eighth-round stoppage to retain his WBO International and WBC Continental Americas belts.
Alimkhanuly dropped N’Dam within the third spherical and continued marching ahead. N’Dam gamely returned hearth, however Alimkhanuly was not deterred. Each time N’Dam landed a punch, Alimkhanuly shook his head and continued the assault. Late within the eighth spherical, a multi-punch mixture froze N’Dam within the blue nook, prompting referee Kenny Bayless to finish the carnage.
Alimkhanuly stated, “I’m prepared for a world title shot subsequent. ‘Qazaq Model’ is about to take over the middleweight division. Any champion, it doesn’t matter.
“I need to give credit score to N’Dam, a troublesome former champion who took a variety of punishment.”
In different motion:
Light-weight phenom Raymond “Hazard” Muratalla (13-0, 11 KOs) grew to become the primary man to knock out out Elias Araujo (21-4, 8 KOs), ending issues off within the fifth spherical of a scheduled eight-rounder. Araujo was not critically damage on the time of the knockout, however referee Allen Huggins halted the battle because of an accumulation of punishment.
Former junior featherweight world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe” (23-2, 15 KOs) stored his hopes of a featherweight title shot alive, edging two-time title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (26-4, 16 KOs) by 10-round majority choice (95-95, 96-94 and 97-93). Dogboe has now received three straight fights since back-to-back defeats to Emanuel Navarrete.
Adam “BluNose” Lopez (15-3, 6 KOs) was simply getting began. After dominating the primary two rounds in opposition to Adan Ochoa (12-2, 5 KOs), the battle was dominated a no-decision because of an unintended headbutt that opened a reduce above Ochoa’s proper eye. Ochoa sustained the harm within the opening spherical and was unable to proceed.
Lopez stated, “I landed some good photographs and was busting him up. He was searching for a manner out.
“That is so irritating. I need to get again within the ring as quickly as potential. I’m nonetheless able to tackle anyone within the featherweight division.”
Junior light-weight prospect “King” Karlos Balderas (11-1, 10 KOs) notched his second stoppage victory in a row, battering Ecuadorian veteran Julio Cortez (15-4, 11 KOs) en path to a fourth-round TKO. Cortez had by no means been knocked out as a professional getting into the bout.
Current U.S. Olympian Tiger Johnson had an eye-opening skilled debut, stopping Antonius Grable (3-2-1, 3 KOs) within the fourth spherical of a welterweight bout. Johnson suffered the primary reduce of his profession earlier than flattening Grable with a proper hand within the fourth spherical. Referee Allen Huggins stopped the battle after a follow-up flurry pinned Grable in opposition to the ropes.
Johnson stated, “I’m coming. The reduce was not a problem for me, and I did my factor in opposition to a strong opponent in my skilled debut. It was an honor to debut on a giant pay-per-view card in Las Vegas, and I can’t look forward to my second skilled battle.”
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