On Saturday night, middleweight Shakir Ashanti (18-9, 2 KOs) ended a four-and-a-half year layoff with a comeback split decision win over Alex Quiroga (10-6, 5 KOs) in front of a sold out crowd at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center, in Greensboro, North Carolina. The fight was very competitive, the whole way with Ashanti controlling the action most of the way landing at about a 2:1 advantage over the more powerful Quiroga. However, in the sixth round of the fight, Quiroga was able to catch a tiring Ashanti and knock him down with a right hand, left hook combination. Ashanti gamely got off the deck and finished the round. Ashanti came back in the seventh round and showed his toughness by picking up the pace and winning the round. The eighth round was filled with non stop action with both fighters letting it all hand out sensing that the bout was hanging in the balance. In the end it was Ashanti that won the bout 76-75, 78-73 for Ashanti and 75-76 for Quiroga.
In the co-feature, which turned out to be the fight of the night, former contender middleweight Dante Craig (18-8, 13 KOs) fought a war with tough veteran Edson Aguirre (14-11, 2 KOs). It was a give-and-take fight for the first three rounds. Craig was landing the heavier punches, while Aguirre was landing the higher level of volume. However, as the fight progressed into rounds four and five, Craigs size and power began to take its toll on the smaller Aguirre, and in round five a viscous flurry by Craig sent Aguiire down for the nine count, however Aguirre managed to get up and survive the rest of the round fighting back. In the sixth round, both men went for the KO. As the bell sounded to end the sixth and final round, both men were still swinging and had to be separated by referee Dale Frye. Scores for the bout were 58-55, 58-55, 59-54 all for Dante Craig.
Heavyweight John Haggler (20-3, 15 KOs) avenged the first loss of his career in an impressive fashion knocking out Matt Green (15-20, 12 KOs) at the 2:02 mark of round one. After a very cautious start by both men, Haggler shot a straight left hand over the jab of Matt Green and staggered Green. Haggler immediately followed up with a vicious right hook that sent Green down and out for the count.
In other action, pro debuting featherweights Richard Cordero of Peurto Rico and Danny Aquino of Mexico fought a non stop back and forth fight. Aquino’s power proved to be the difference in the fight as he scored the fights only knockdown with a body shot to Cordero in the second round. Cordero got up and gamely fought back and actually had Aquino reeling in the third round. Aquino prevailed by the scores of 39-36 across the board.
Also, junior middleweight Jamie Winchester (9-2) excited the crowed with his second round TKO against Ronny Glover. Russian cruiserweight Miron Kadyrov (2-1, 2 KOs) won a one round slug fest by TKO over game Mike Settles (0-1). Both men were down twice in the first round. Also, Russian light heavyweight Sergei Kovalev (1-0) looked spectacular with his one punch knockout of Daniel Chavez (0-1) at the :55 second mark of round one.
The seven fight card was promoted by Walter Johnson Promotions in association with Priska Inc.