In a highly charged rematch, Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision to dethrone WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (19-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Campillo was cool and accurate as he landed cleaner punches against the wild-swinging challenger. Campillo was cut over the left eye by a punch in round five, while Shumenov was busted up by a accumulation of punches. Campillo seemed on the verge of stopping Shumenov in the ninth round, but his lack of punching power betrayed him as the aggressive Shumenov out-muscled him down the stretch. Scores were 117-111, 115-113 for Shumanov, 117-111 for Campillo. Fightnews.com scored it 116-112 for Campillo, whose camp plans to protest the decision. Last August in Shumenov’s native Kazakhstan, Campillo took a razor-thin majority decision in a bout that saw both men hit the deck.
Unbeaten former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara (10-0, 5 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over 39-year-old veteran junior middleweight Grady Brewer (26-11, 15 KOs), winner of The Contender II reality television show. Referee Tony Weeks waved it off in the tenth after Lara dropped Brewer and battered him with a follow-up barrage. Time was 2:44.
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On the undercard, a full lineup of unbeaten prospects kept their “0s” intact.
In the most notable bout, unbeaten WBO #3 super featherweight Eloy Perez (16-0-2, 4 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over David Rodela (14-2-3, 6 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 98-92. The bout was for Perez’ WBC USNBC super featherweight title.
Unbeaten featherweight Ronny Rios (9-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Willshaun Boxley (5-4, 3 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
Unbeaten junior middleweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of Shadrack Kipruto (10-13, 7 KOs)
Unbeaten cruiserweight Gayrat Ahmedov (13-0-1, 9 KOs) needed just 65 seconds to finish Harley Kilfian (8-4, 7 KOs)
Unbeaten junior welterweight Carlos Molina (10-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Tyler Ziolowski (12-11, 6 KOs) in the first round.
And unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (8-0, 3 KOs) swept past Rickey Kinney (3-2, 2 KOs) in a four-rounder.