By Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell at ringside
Below are the undercard results from the world championship unification mega card at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday night:
Jr welterweight Vernon Paris (24-0, 14 KOs) won a unanimous eight round decision over Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6, 20 KOs) in a fight with plenty of roughouse tactics. Augustus was penalized a point in the sixth and seventh rounds. Referee Gerard White also deducted a point from Paris in the seventh. Judges awarded the fight to Paris by scores of 76-73 and 77-72 x 2. Boos came from the crowd at the announcement of the scorecards.
Heavyweight Bermaine Stiverne (20-1-1, 19 KOs) won by TKO in the second over previously unbeaten Kerston Manswell (20-1, 15 KOs). Stiverne decked Manswell with a hard right midway through the second. Referee Gerard White allowed Manswell to continue however he was quickly caught in his own corner where Stiverne unloaded power shots. Referee White was just stepping in to call a halt as Stiverne floored Manswell with a huge left hook. Time was 1:52. The bout was for the vacant WBC International, WBC/USNBC, and WBA Fedelatin championships.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (21-0-1, 16 KOs) won a unanimous six round decision over Demetrius Jenkins (21-18-1, 16 KOs) by identical scores of 60-54.
Former jr welterweight world champion Kendall Holt (26-4, 14 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Lenin Arroyo (20-15-1, 4 KOs). Holt knocked Arroyo down with hard left hook and referee Cunningham stopped the contest at 1:50.
Welterweight Allen Conyers (12-4, 9 KOs) pulled off a stunning upset winning a unanimous ten round decision over the previously undefeated “King” James De La Rosa (20-1, 12 KOs). De La Rosa was knocked down in the second, sixth, and eighth rounds to lose by identical scores of 95-92 on all three judges cards.
Jr middleweight Julian Williams (5-0, 4 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Alan Moore (2-10, 2 KOs). Moore was knocked down almost right at opening bell. Williams scored another quick knockdown causing referee Ron Cunningham to immediately wave the fight off at :28 without a count.
Super middleweight Darryl Cunningham (22-2, 10 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercedes (16-15, 10 KOs). Scores were 60-53 on all cards. Mercedes was knocked down in the sixth but fought back hard to make it to the final bell.
In a welterweight scrap, former two-time lightweight world champion Julio Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO ver Pavel Miranda (16-7,-1, 8 KOs). Miranda was knocked down twice in 8th. Referee Gerard White waved it off when Diaz had a hurt Miranda in a corner and unable to defend himself. Time was 2:17.