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Spadafora still unbeaten, Minto wins

By Peter Czymbor at ringside

In the main event, former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (46-0-1, 19 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Ecuador’s Humberto Toledo (41-8-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia.. Despite having not fought in almost two years, the southpaw Spadafora didn’t show any clear signs of ring rust and landed flush combinations to the head and body on Toledo at will. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73. This was Spadafora’s first fight under the promotional umbrella of Roy Jones Jr Presents / TNT Promotions who hope to guide Spadafora into a more significant fight in the near future.

In the evening’s co-feature, former world title challenger Brian Minto (37-5, 24 KOs) scored a 4th round TKO over West Virginia’s Mike Sheppard (20-14-1, 9 KOs) in a wildly entertaining affair for the vacant NABA-US Heavyweight title. In the opening round, Sheppard landed an overhand right that sent Minto almost to a knee and his glove grazed the canvas. However, no knockdown was ruled. Minto regrouped and launched a sustained body attack that led to Sheppard complaining about low blows. After one body punch, that appeared to be legal, Minto was sternly warned by the referee that he would start deducting points if any more punches strayed low. However, point wouldn’t matter as Minto dropped Sheppard three times in the 3rd round and once in the 4th for a TKO at 2:22 of round 4.

In a scheduled 8 round cruiserweight affair, Pennsyvania Andres Taylor (21-2-2, 8 KOs) dropped West Virginia’s Justin Howes (13-4, 11 KOs) with a huge overhand right in the opening round. Howes made it to his feet, but was in no shape to continue. The fight was waved off at :59 seconds of the opening round giving Taylor a first round TKO.

In a middleweight fight, undefeated Dante Moore (8-0, 4 KOs) had his hands full with tough journeyman Mustafah Johnson (8-14-1, 2 KOs) but nevertheless outpointed him unanimously. Official scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56 all for Moore.

In a junior welterweight fight between two Pennsylvania boxers, Pittsburgh’s Billy Hutchinson (4-1, 2 KOs) overcame a cut over his left eye suffered in the opening round to outbox Sharon’s Clifford Gregory (1-10-4) by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight for Hutchinson 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.

In the opening bout of the evening, heavyweight Daniel Martz (6-0, 5 KOs) scored three knockdowns over Justin Novaria (1-9, 1 KO) and stopped his opponent in the opening frame. All of tonight’s fights are streaming as an online PPV at

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