Middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) returned from his game effort against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in November to absolutely destroy Patrick Majewski (21-2, 12 KOs) in just 46 seconds on Friday night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. Stevens immediately knocked down Mejewski with a jab, then floored him twice more before it was waved off by referee Lindsey Page.
Coming off his big win over Eddie Chambers, cruiserweight Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (14-1, 9 KOs) outpointed Olanrewaju Durodola (15-2, 14 KOs) over ten workmanlike rounds to claim the vacant NABF belt on Friday night at the Resorts International Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. The methodical Mchunu dropped Durodola in round two of what was mostly a dull contest. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 96-93.
Roberto Acevedo (8-1, 4KOs) pulled the upset of the night, handing the first loss on the record of Russian prospect IIshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (10-1, 6KOs) by an impressive first round TKO in their scheduled eight round light heavyweight contest. Khusnulgatin tried to establish the jab in the opening ten seconds, but Acevedo immediately rocked him with three straight right hands. The Sheriff retreated to a corner, while Acevedo banged away with heavy shots. Khusnulgatin tried to weather the storm as he slid along the ropes, but Acevedo continued to find his way with big right hands that pierced the Russian’s defense. Acevedo seemed worried he might punch himself out and let IIshat off the ropes, but another big flurry had the Russian again in trouble while in the corner. Acevedo landed another big overhand right as Referee Lindsey Page took a very close look in and appeared to be just seconds from a stopping the fight. The Russian prospect was able to escape the corner. It would not matter though, as Acevedo trapped Khusnulgatin in the adjacent corner again and sent him to the canvas with a huge straight right hand. Referee Lindsey Page had seen enough and waved the fight off without a count, giving Roberto Acevedo the impressive first round TKO victory. The official time of the stoppage was 2:09 of the first round.
Junior middleweight prospect “Silky” Wilky Campfort (16-1, 9KOs) won his fifteenth consecutive bout with an eight round split decision upset of DeCarlo “3mendo” Perez 11-3-1, 4KOs). Perez entered the fight on quite a ride, having captured six straight over the likes of prospects Shamone Alvarez (21-5, 12KOs), Jamar Freeman (9-1-2. 5KOs) and Dante Moore (8-0-2, 4KOs). Right from the opening bell, Perez appeared the more accurate puncher. Campfort would not give in though, capturing the middle rounds with sudden bursts of powerful shots. Perez mounted a good comeback late in the fight, but it was not enough as only one judge scored the fight 77-75 in his favor. The other two officials saw it the other way, 78-74 and 77-75 for “Silky” Wilky Campfort, giving him the close split decision victory.
Undefeated heavyweights, Marc Rideout (4-0-2, 1 KOs) and Fred Latham (4-0-1, 2 KOs’s) put their undefeated records on the line in the four round windup bout, but when the dust settled, both fighters left the ring with a workmanlike four round draw. Rideout seemed to be the fitter boxer as he moved around with sharper straight shots to capture the opening two rounds. It looked like Rideout was on his way to the victory, when the tiring Latham caught the attention of the undefeated Philadelphian with several heavy shots in the final minute of the third. Latham seemed to gain confidence from the success in the previous round as he confidently stood up Rideout with a big right hand in the middle of the final round. Both fighters began to tire as they traded a bit, between clinches. In the closing minute, Latham found his mark again, rocking Rideout with a chopping shot. Latham jumped on him and banged away with a heavy four punch combination, but his gas tank was on empty, which Rideout to recover. Both fighters looked gassed as they traded light shots inside until the final bell sounded. All three judges saw the fight 38-38 even for the well-deserved four round draw.
Junior welterweight Hassan Young (5-1-1, 3KOs) dropped Justin Johnson four times on his way to a one sided six round unanimous decision victory. Young sent Justin Johnson to the canvas twice in the second, once in the fifth and again in the sixth round, but each time Justin Johnson was hurt, he let off the gas to avoid a hard counters, which allowed his opponent to counter and recover. Johnson tried to box and jab when he could, but just couldn’t match the boxing abilities of the talented Young, who captured the one sided six round unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-50 x 2 and 60-51 respectively.
Jr welterweight Wellington Romero upped his record to 2-0 with one sided first round stoppage of “Speedy” Ismael Serrano 1-1. Romero was on his “A” game in this one, as just moments into the fight he sent Serrano face down to the canvas with a chopping left. Acevedo rose to his feet and pressed forward, while still not fully recovered. Romero looked for an opening and stunned him again with a big left hand. Serrano covered in the corner as Romero unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches before referee Allan Huggins jumped in and called a halt to the contest at 1:29 of the opening round giving Wellington Romero the TKO victory.
In the opening bout of the evening, cruiserweight sensation Venroy July (16-1-2, 6KOs) captured his third straight victory and his ninth in his last ten with a six round unanimous decision over hard hitting Sevdall “The Illyrian” Sherifi (9-3-3, 8KOs). The first two rounds were a give and take affair, but July took over in the third by targeting the body. July continued to outwork the Illyrian over the last four rounds to capture the unanimous decision victory by scores of 59-55, and 58-56 x 2.