By Brian Grammer at ringside
Note: Floyd Mayweather Jr., rumored to be possibly working with promoter Don King, is in the house.
In a good action fight, undefeated IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) had to work hard to defeat former light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. The champion just a little too strong and too energetic for the 41-year-old Johnson, who gave a game effort. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
In a shocker, Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) became the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion in stopping Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) at 1:28 in the 5th round. The new champion battered Spinks around the ring for the majority of the contest. “K9” began the fight with constant pressure and never let off the gas in dispatching the former champ. Early in the 5th round, Spinks spun out of a corner and attempted to elude Bundrage, but slipped and and fell thru ropes to the apron. Upon resumption of the round, Bundrage moved forward and began to batter Spinks eventually knocking him down. At the count of nine, Spinks rose to his feet and when Referee Mark Nelson motioned to Spinks to follow him. The referee, not pleased with Spinks’ look, waved his arms, bringing the fight to a somewhat controversial conclusion.
Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (15-0, 5KOs) captured the vacant WBC USNBC Cruiserweight Championship with a solid right-left combination that floored Warren “The Hitman” Browning (12-1-1, 8KOs) at 2:21 of the 9th round. Coyne stuck to the game plan of moving forward and firing body shots and in the 7th round caught his opponent with a vicious left hand to the body, turning the tide of the fight. Browning, who was also dropped in a flash knockdown in the 2nd, effectively countered most of Coyne’s shots throughout the first half of the fight. The persistent Coyne finally trapped his game opponent in the corner and although Browning beat the count of ten, Referee Mike England was convinced that Browning had had enough.
Fighting in close quarters for the first three rounds, jr welter Razman Adaev (8-0-1, 7KOs) used uppercuts and right crosses to punish his opponent Chris Tyler (2-4-1, 1KO). The later rounds saw Tyler move the victor to the ropes and get in some punishing body shots and right hands. The sixth round was a bit rough around the edges and saw Tyler lose a point for ducking between the ropes. At the end of six rounds the judges were needed to render a decision and they found Adaev had done more than enough to win it. Scores were 59-54, 58-55 and 58-55.
Welterweight Vardan Gasparvan (12-2-5, 6 KOs) used a variety of combinations in stopping a very tough, rugged Jesse Davis (11-19-1, 8KOs) at 2:43 of the 2nd round. Gasparvan fired off a series of left uppercuts followed by crushing right hands and eventually Referee Celestino Ruiz was forced to stop the action.
Super featherweights Jorge Espinoza (5-2-0) and Ryan Pederson (2-5-0) both came out swinging but Espinoza’s combinations and constant pressure was too much for Pederson as he was knocked down twice in the first round and was unable to get up from the second knockdown. Referee Mike England stopped the contest at 1:26 in the first round.