By Alexey Sukachev
Former cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon Banks (now 24-1, with 17 KOs) continued his rise in heavyweight ranks with a sixth-round kayo of fellow American Travis Walker (34-4-1, 28 KOs). Walker chose to be an aggressor from the start, slowly chasing elusive Banks and trying to pepper him with his left jab. IBF #15 Banks, on the other hand, did little in return. In round two, however, the ex-cruiser gave Walker a taste of his powerful right hand but “The Freight Train” took it just fine to continue his measured assault. Rounds three and four were pretty cautious with neither man taking an advantage, while the local crowd started booing both fighters. Round five was a bit more active in favor of Banks but Walker showed no signs of fatigue. The abrupt end of action came in the midst of the sixth, when Banks fired a wicked hook that landed flush on Walker’s chin. Funny though Banks slipped while throwing this bomb and went down first; then in a couple of seconds Walker went down face-first as well. Referee Daniel Van de Viele correctly ruled the initial fall as a slip and Walker’s hard landing as a legit knockdown. Travis was up at the count of seven but was too wobbly to continue and the referee waved the battle off at 1:51 of the stanza. Travis Walker once again showed signs of a glass chin while Johnathon Banks is now wearing previously vacant NABF heavyweight belt.
WBA #6 Russian Alexander Ustinov (now 20-0, 16 KOs) looked sluggish and inconsistent against American veteran Ed Mahone (24-10-2, 23 KOs) yet pounded out another stoppage victory, when Mahone’s corner threw in a towel at the beginning of the fourth round. Giant Ustinov slowly stalked the badly faded ex-WBO title challenger across the ring but despite a considerable amount of damage, dealt to his opponent, the Minsk citizen was unable to either deck him nor even to rock him badly through the first three rounds. However, Mahone was too fatigued to maintain his guard, which prompted his corner to stop this action for good. Mahone is now 3-9 since losing via TKO 3 to Vitali Klitschko in 1999. Notably, witnesses booed badly after the white towel was noticed flying over the ropes.
Former European heavyweight titlist Michael Sprott (32-14, 17 KOs) needed just 58 seconds to stop Werner Kreiskott (7-14-1, 5 KOs). The bout was waved off by the referee after Sprott landed a big right hand.
Young Motown fighter Domonique Dolton (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a TKO3 over experienced German Omar Siala (11-11-2, 3 KOs). The 20-year old Dolton stopped Siala foe on his feet after issuing a brutal body assault.
Heavyweight Nenad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs) dropped late sub Johnathan Pasi (3-15-2, 0 KOs) twice in round two before the bout was waved off.