By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (37-1, 26 KOs) successfully retained the IBF cruiserweight championship with a fifth round stoppage of a gutsy Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (18-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek was in control throughout the contest, constantly battering Gunn with heavy two-punch combination and Gunn offering little in return. Gunn though outgunned, pressed forward in the fifth and landed a few good counters as the fight progressed. Adamek was not deterred and hurt Gun with a left hook late in the fourth. Gunn stumbled and tried to cover in the corner as Adamek unloaded a four-punch combination as the fourth round ended. At the advice of the ringside physician, who felt Gunn had taken too much punishment, referee Earl Brown called a halt to the contest at 3:00 of the fourth round, much to the dismay of Gunn and his corner who argued adamantely that the bout should continue.
Heavy handed super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2, 15 KOs) put on a masterful performance, dropping Piotr “The Wolf” Wilczewski (22-1, 7 KOs) twice, enroute to an impressive third round stoppage. Stevens dropped Wilczewski for the second time early in the third round with a left hook. Wilczewski rose to his feet, but could only cover up on the ropes as Stevens unloaded twenty unanswered shots forcing referee Earl Morton to call a halt to the action at 1:46 of the third round.
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Polish cruiserweight prospect Mateusz “Master” Masternak (14-0, 9 KOs) battered an overmatched Naser Mohamed Aly (4-4, 2 KOs) from the opening bell and finally dropping him in the fifth round. Aly rose to his feet, but Masternak jumped on him with four unanswered shots, as the corner of Aly stepped on the ring apron therefore forcing the stoppage. The time of the stoppage occurred at 2:36 of the fifth round.
Welterweight Henry Crawford – from nearby Paterson , NJ – raised his record to 22-0-1 with 9 knockouts as he scored a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over Kaseem “The Nightmare” Wilson (12-2-1, 4 KOs). All three judges scored the bout in favor of Crawford 80-72 (twice) and 79-73.
Undefeated Israeli cruiserweight sensation Ran Nakash (13-0, 9 KOs) battered a game but outgunned William “The Storm” Bailey (10-17-2, 5 KOs), eventually dropping him with heavy body work at 1:49 of round four.
Middleweight prospect Dennis “Mama’s Boy” Douglin (5-0, 3 KOs) used his overwhelming hand speed to overcame a first round knockdown and capture an exciting four round unanimous decision victory over Lamar “Prince of Pain” Harris (6-2-1, 4 KOs). All three judges saw the bout 38-37 in favor of Douglin.
Delen “Sniper” Parsley (1-0, 1 KO) used his heavy hands to eventually wear down and stop Tyrone Miles (1-1) in the fourth round in a battle of junior middleweights. Parsley battered Miles from the opening bell and dropped him with heavy right hook to the ribs in the fourth. Miles attempted to recover but Referee Earl Morton mercifully called a halt to the bout at 1:47 of round four.