By Phil Doherty at ringside
WBA #1, WBC #6 and WBO #7 rated welterweight Brad Solomon (17-0, 7 KOs) outworked Demetrius Hopkins (30-2-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 99-91, all for Solomon.
Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (34-1, 26 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over former WBC world heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (55-11, 37 KOs). Boswell scored often with lead left hooks and one-two combinations to pile up an insurmountable lead over McCall. Judges scorecards were 99-91, 99-92 and 98-92 for The “Bos”, who now owns the NABA, IBF Intercontinental and WBC Latino heavyweight belts.
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs) outpointed late sub Francis Ruiz (9-3, 4 KOs) over ten rounds by scores of 98-91, 97-92, 100-89 in a super bantamweight bout. Ruiz was down in round three. Barthelemy was originally scheduled to face Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) but Avalos was forced to pull out citing a hand injury suffered recently in sparring.