By Kurt Wolfheimer and Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Agnew went for long periods in this bout covering up and not punching. Kovalev dropped Agnew at the end of round two and rocked him in round three. Kovalev suffered a cut over the right eye from an unintentional headbutt in round four. Kovalev battered Agnew to the deck again in the sixth round. Kovalev dropped Agnew again in the seventh with the body shot to end it. Time was :58.
After the fight, Kovalev was asked about WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who rejected a showdown with Kovalev later this year and jumped to rival network Showtime. “I don’t want to speak about Adonis Stevenson,” he stated. “He is a piece of s**t.”
In a grudge match between jr welterweight contenders, Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) got a measure of revenge for an incident during Friday’s weigh-in by licking previously unbeaten Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. The taller Dulorme was able to use his reach to good advantage in compiling a 98-92, 97-94, 96-93 win.
“Tonight I wanted to show the world that I’m a force in the jr. welterweight division,” said Dulorme, who claimed the NABF title. “Mayfield was an undefeated fighter who punches with a lot of power but he never hurt me. Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza are taking me to another level and I believe I’m the best jr. welterweight in the world.”
Light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (15-0, 10 KOs) of Russia appeared to outworked Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (15-3, 9 KOs) of Buffalo, NY, over eight rounds to score a split decision with scores of 78-72 and 76-75 for Kalajdzic and 77-75 for Thompson.
After being dropped in the first with a looping right hand, Khurshid Abdullaev (6-1, 3 KOs) of Russia rebounded to fight to a hard-fought split decision loss to Wilky “Silky” Campfort (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Scores were 77-74 and 76-75 for Campfort and 76-74 for Abdullaev. There was an abnormally long delay before scores were initially announced. Initially, the fight was announced a draw with judge John McKay’s scorecard being read as 75-75, but after the fighters left the ring, the score of judge John McKaie was retallied correctly to read 76-75 for Campfort.
Undefeated heavyweight Adam Kownacki (6-0, 6KOs) sent his raucous Polish fans into an uproar with a second round TKO victory of Excell Holmes (2-3-1, 1 KO). Kownacki hurt Holmes in the closing seconds of the opening round and then finished the show early in the second by battering Holmes in the corner with five unanswered shots, until referee Allen Huggins stepped in and waived the fight off at the forty one second mark.
Super middleweight Michael Mitchell (3-3-2, 1 KO) dropped Rafael Jastrzebski (4-8-1,1 KO) twice and then battered him in the corner until Referee Ricardo Rivera stepped in and called a halt to the contest at 2:53 of the second round.
Undefeated junior welterweight Wellington Romero (3-0, 1 KO) continued his winning ways, dropping formerly undefeated Gerald Smith (3-1, 1 KO) once in the opening round and then outslugged him on his way to a one sided four round unanimous decision victory, by scores of 40-35 across the board.
A battle of undefeated middleweights opened the show with Ismael Garcia (6-0, 3 KOs) winning a spirited back and forth six round unanimous decision victory over Dushane Crooks (6-1, 4KOs). Garcia appeared to take control in rounds three and four by boxing well from distance. Crooks hurt Garcia late in the fourth and backed him to the ropes with a four punch combination. The heavier handed Crooks caught Garcia against the ropes with a big right on the button in the sixth and final round. Garcia returned the favor moments later with a sharp left up top. Neither could land the telling blow, but Garcia was busier right up until the final bell sounded, sending the bout to the scorecards. All three judges scored it 58-56 in favor of Ismael Garcia for the six round unanimous decision victory.