Brady Crytzer and Antonio Castro at ringside
WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) scored a brutal fifth round TKO over WBC #3 Miguel Espino (20-3-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. Both fighters went right at each other immediately and traded punches non-stop. Espino was deducted a point for a punch after the bell in round one. The war continued through rounds two and three. Pavlik dropped Espino twice in round four and after he sent him to the deck in the fifth, Espino’s corner asked referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight. Time was 1:44.
In a wildly entertaining bout Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (33-3, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over 363lb Gabe “Big G” Brown (18-13-4, 12 KOs) at 2:58. Although Peter dominated the action, Brown’s antics won the night as he taunted the former world champion repeatedly. After eating a hard punch, Brown proceeded to stick out his chin and absorb four clean shots only to call for more. After being knocked down in the fourth round, Brown unloaded the classic bolo punch on Peter bringing the crowd to a frenzy. Peter pounced on Brown shortly after and referee Randy Jarvis waved off the contest. Upon leaving the ring Peter returned to the locker room and “Big G” was mobbed at ringside for fan pictures.
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Following the Garcia-Herrera bout, referee Jim Villers collapsed at ringside from an apparent heart attack. EMT’s on site performed CPR and a defibrillator for the last twenty minutes. The arena was at a stand still as they worked at ringside. Villers regained consciousness and was taken to a local hospital. There was actually a cardiologist spectating that rushed in to aid Villers.
USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (26-0, 17 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over Willie Lee (17-6, 10 KOs) to claim the NABF/NABO super welterweight belts. Martirosyan dropped Lee twice before it was stopped at the 2:13 mark. “I rushed myself during the first round, sort of took off in second and Freddie (Roach) told me to get more busy – to crank it up. That’s what I did,” said Vanes afterward. Trainer Freddie Roach added, “Vanes is ready for a world title shot. He’s 26-0, done his homework, he is ready for the big fight.”
In a middleweight contest 2008 Olympic standout Matt Korobov (9-0, 7 KOs) earned his ninth professional victory stopping Ken Dunham (6-12-1) at 1:29 of the third round. After putting Dunham down at the end of the first round, Korobov battered his opponent in the second. Korobov forced Dunham to the canvas early in the third with a barrage of punches and finished the fight with a sweeping left cross.
Although the bout started off slowly, it ended quickly as Miguel Angel Garcia (19-0, 16 KOs) knocked out Yogli Herrera (22-13, 15 KOs) at 2:19 of the third round with a right cross. The men fought at a measured pace for the first two rounds until Garcia dropped Herrera with a perfectly timed counter left hook. After the hurt fighter rose to his feet Garcia closed the show with a right cross that put Herrera down for the ten count.
In 154 lb. action Omar Henry (7-0, 6 KOs) stopped Jessie Davis (9-9) with a brutal overhand right at 2:23 of the opening round. Henry dropped Davis a total of three times, each caused by an overhand right.
Undefeated welterweight Willie Nelson (13-0-1, 8 KOs) survived a first round knockdown to win a six round unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo (12-14-1, 10 KOs). Scorecards read 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Lightweight Chris Hazimihalis (1-0, 1 KO) made his professional debut a successful one defeating Norman Allen (0-6-1, 0 KOs) via TKO at 1:06 of round three. Hazimihalis forced his opponent to take a knee at the start of round three with a right cross and, although he was coherent, the downed Allen elected not to continue.
Following six rounds of furious action super lightweights Jake Giuriceo (5-0-1, 2 KOs) and Henri White (4-4-2, 3 KOs) battled to a majority draw. In the highlight of the undercard bouts the two fighters battled valiantly and had the crowd on its feet, however disappointment spread throughout the Beeghley Center as the scores read 58-56 in favor of Giuriceo 57-57 twice resulting in a majority draw.