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Campbell chops down Funeka!

Martinez-Cintron ends in majority draw
Photo: Javiel Centeno

Photo: Javiel Centeno

By Karl Freitag & Jason Kotar at ringside

Former WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), who lost his world titles Friday on the scale, won a twelve round majority decision over mandatory IBF contender Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Campbell stalked the much taller Funeka and dropped him in round two. Funeka, however, recovered and got back into the fight. Down the stretch, Funeka seemed to be getting stronger until Campbell decked him again in the eleventh to get the edge. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 114-112. Funeka would have claimed the title with a win, but with Campbell’s win the title remains vacant.
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WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KOs) and former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs) battled to a twelve round majority draw. Martinez seemed wary of Cintron’s punching power, as he tried to outbox Kermit from the outside while avoiding exchanges, much to the disgust of the crowd. Cintron was cut in round five by what was ruled a headbutt. Martinez finally dropped Cintron at the end of round seven with a big straight left and the bout seemed to be waved off by referee Frank Santore, however the bout continued with much more action. Cintron had some moments down the stretch and Martinez was deducted a point for a rabbit punch in round twelve which ultimately cost him the win. Scores were 116-110, 113-113, 113-113.
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Unbeaten WBC/WBO #1 rated super welterweight Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the 154lb division but it wasn’t easy as late sub and former IBF #1 rated welterweight Cosme Rivera (31-12-2, 23 KOs) caused some anxious moments. Angulo was cut over the right eye in round one and it was ruled that the cut was caused by a punch. Angulo, however, came on strong and punished Rivera thereafter. The bout was finally stopped by referee Telis Assimenios at 2:38 of round five, even though Rivera was still punching back.
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Undefeated WBA #4 rated cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (17-0, 10 KOs) impressively knocked out Lawrence Chapman (19-6-2, 13 KOs) at 2:58 of round one to retain his WBA Fedelatin belt.
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Olympian featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) won a four-rounder over John Wampash (1-0-1, 1 KO). Russell was credited with two knockdowns in round one and another in round four. No scores announced but it was later learned that Russell won 40-33 across the board.
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In a one-sided but entertaining bout, lightweight Angelo Santana (5-0, 4 KOs), a former amateur star from Cuba, scored a second round TKO over game Mario Garcia (7-9, 4 KOs). The fight was stopped after a knockdown in round two, although Garcia seemed OK to continue. Time was 1:36.
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Lightweight Anges Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs) scored a spirited eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Fernando Angulo (22-5, 14 KOs). No scores were announced, however we later learned scores were 78-73, 79-72, 78-73.
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Heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (17-1, 16 KOs) dropped Robert Hawkins (23-12, 7 KOs) in rounds one and six, but the durable veteran Hawkins battled gamely to the end. Scores were 77-73, 77-73, 78-72, but it was the Stiverne’s first time ever going the route.
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Former heavyweight title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin (27-4-4, 17 KOs) scored a mostly lackluster eight round unanimous decision over seven-footer Julius Long (15-11, 13 KOs). Austin finally dropped Long in round eight but was deducted two points for hitting Long while he was on the deck. Scores were 76-73 on all cards.
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In only his second fight in five years, Russian super welterweight Ivan Kirpa (23-1, 15 KOs) busted up game Frankie Santos (16-7-4, 8 KOs) until the ring doctor stepped on the apron to halt the beating at 1:51 of round six.
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Unbeaten super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (15-0, 12 KOs) outpointed Jose Medina (14-13, 10 KOs) over four. Medina was down in round four and ended up on the wrong end of a 40-35 count on all three cards. Dirrell is the brother of Olympic medalist Andre Dirrell.
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Junior lightweight John Jackson (14-1, 13 KOs) dropped journeyman Ricardo Medina (30-33-6, 17 KOs) in round three, but had to be content winning an eight round unanimous nod by scores of 79-72, 79-72, 80-71.




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