By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Segundo Rivera
It was a night of knockouts on Thursday at the Millenium Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Four of the five bouts ended via stoppage, including a violent one in the co-feature and a wild ending in the main event. The card was promoted by welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita’s “Star of David” Incorporation.
The main fight of the evening was a cruiserweight clash between unbeaten Stivens Bujaj (11-0, 8 KOs) and Elvin Sanchez (6-3-1, 5 KOs). The bout got off to a blistering pace as the favored Bujaj, fighting for the New York State cruiserweight belt, got stunned by Sanchez. As Sanchez moved forward to capitalize on his success, he was dropped himself with a quick and hard left hook that had the Bujaj supportive crowd up on their feet cheering. Referee Steve Willis issued a count but now it was clear that Sanchez was the dizzy one. Bujaj chased his opponent around the ring and punched him along the ropes in a corner. A follow-up combination broke through Sanchez’s defense, prompting him to crumble along the ropes as Willis stepped in for the stoppage at the 2:22 mark.
In a junior welterweight affair, Dimash Niyazov (5-0,-2, 4 KOs) violently knocked out Jonathan Cuba in the first 18 seconds of the third round. Niyazov was quick on his feet in the opening rounds and was usually out of the way before punches were thrown back in his direction. It was an uppercut landed by Niyazov in the third that connected to the sweet spot on Cuba’s chin and the reaction was simultaneous; Cuba immediately hit the canvas and his head bounced off the canvas in a sickening and frightening fashion. The fight was immediately halted and the doctors and commission quickly entered the ring to inspect Cuba’s condition. Fortunately, he was able to recuperate and was soon on his stool and interacting with ringside officials.
Middleweight Steve Martinez broke down and ultimately stopped journeyman Rahman Yusubov in the final round of a scheduled six. Martinez, dubbed a future world champion by Salita, rocked his opponent in the third round with a straight right and stopped him on his feet with a left hook at the :26 mark of the sixth round. Martinez recently signed by Salita now moves to 14-1 with 11 KOs. Despite a record of 9-15 with seven stoppages, Yusubov actually scored his best professional win last year: a second round knockout of former WBA welterweight title-holder James Page.
Angel Garcia won a unanimous six round decision against Micah Branch in a dull 130-pound fight. Garcia (7-2, 2 KOs) was clearly the quicker of the two but never really stopped to punch. As such, Branch spent the majority of the fight chasing his opponent to no avail. Scorecards read 60-54 and 59-55 (twice) for Garcia. Branch is now 2-9-1.
In the opening fight of the night, junior welterweight Marcos Suarez stopped the winless Samuel Moura in the fourth round. Suarez (2-0-1, 1 KO) did good body work early in the fight and that paid off in the fourth as he stopped his opponent on his feet after connecting with two straight rights. Time of the stoppage was 2:48. Moura is now 0-4.
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