By John DiSanto at ringside
Photo: Gary Purfield
Unbeaten IBF #3 heavyweight Bryant “By-By” Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Andrey Fedosov (24-3, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennslyvania. Fedesov got off to a good start in rounds one and two, but Jennings battered Fedesov in round three. Fedesov withstood Jennings’ brutal assault and responded well in rounds four to six, but Fedesov then said he couldn’t see out of his left eye and the fight was stopped between rounds six and seven.
In an IBF light heavyweight eliminator, #4 rated Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs) destroyed #5 Cornelius White (21-2, 16 KOs) with an impressive third round KO. After dominating the first two rounds, Kovalev dropped White three times in round three to end it. Time was 1:42. Kovalev may become the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Bernard Hopkins if Karo Murat can’t work out his visa problems.
Returning from a two-year layoff, welterweight Ray Narh (26-2, 21 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over hometown favorite Ronald Cruz (17-2, 12 KOs). Nahr boxed beautifully and dominated the fight, throwing nearly twice as many punches as Cruz, who has now lost three straight. Scores were 96-94, 98-92, 100-90.
In a 4-round swing bout that took place after Sergey Kovalev’s fast TKO, Arturo Trujilo, Easton, PA, dropped Anthony Watson, Philadelphia, three times in the opening round for a TKO at 29 seconds of round one. Both fighters were making their pro debut.
In 4-round heavyweight fight, Bill Marks, 1-0, Allentown, PA, won his pro debut with a 4-round majority decision over Williamsport, PA’s Randy Easton, 0-2.
Junior welterweights Jerome Rodriguez of Bethlehem, and Treysean Wiggins, of Newburgh, NY, both scored knockdowns in round one. However, Rodriguez, 4-0-1, 2 KOs, dropped Wiggins, 3-1, 3 KOs, for the count in round two. The time was 1:38.
In the opening bout in Bethlehem, PA, Philadelphia’s Hasan Young, 3-1-1, 1 KO, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Ariel Duran, 7-5-1, 4 KOs, of Queens, NY, in a junior welterweight fight.