By Kurt Wolfheimer and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Middleweight Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) by split decision on Saturday night at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City. Barker got off to a good start until Geale dropped him with a body shot in round six. Barker beat the count and fought back furiously. Both traded shots in the middle of the ring nonstop down the stretch with Geale clearly winning the final round. Scores were 114-113 Geale, 114-113 116-111 Barker.
Former Euro champion Kiko Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO to dethrone previously unbeaten IBF junior featherweight champion Jhonatan “Momo” Romero (23-1, 12 KOs). Martinez stalked Romero throughout the fight landing hard, hurtful shots. Martinez battered Romero from pillar to post in round six and the bout was finally waved off by referee David Steele at 2:40 of the round.
World rated Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) survived a cut above his left eye to see off Featherweight challenger Mike Oliver (25-5, 8 KOs). Brunker received a cut above his left eye in round 5 but continued to close off the ring and defeat Oliver via a unanimous decision. Oliver tried to open up the cut towards the later stages of the fight, targeting the head with precise jabs but couldn’t quite match Brunker’s ouput. After 10 rounds, the judges all scored the fight 78-74 to Joel Brunker.
Yordenis Ugas (15-1, 7 KOs) punished John Williams (11-3-1, 5 KOs) over 10 rounds to win the WBC Latin junior interim championship. Ugas dominated this Light Welterweight fight, frequently rocking Williams, but was unable to find the finishing blow to end the fight early. Ugas also received a point deduction in round 10 for a low blow. The judges at ringside scored the fight 98-91, 98-91 and 99-90 all in favor to Ugas.
Thomas Dulorme (19-1, 14 KOs) schooled Francisco Figueroa (20-5, 15 KOs) for 8 rounds of their junior welterweight bout before unleashing a tirade of punches to win via TKO. Dulorme knocked Figueroa down in round 5, but then received a point deduction for a low blow. The referee stepped in to stop the fight at 0:47 in round 8.
Johnathan Maicelo (20-1, 12 KOs) defeated Jose Alejandro Rodriguez (19-12, 1 KOs) with a devastating right cross to the ear in the final round of the scheduled 10 round lightweight bout. Maicelo pressed the action for the majority of the fight while Rodriguez went looking for a knockout punch that never came. The official time of the stoppage was 0:22 in round 10.