Unbeaten light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round knockout against previously undefeated WBC #2 contender Ismayl Sillakh (17-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Sillakh dropped Grachev in round three, but was mostly content to pick apart Grachev from the outside and seemed headed to to a routine decision win. However, Grachev finally rocked Sillakh in the eighth with a right hand and finished him with a sustained barrage of punches. Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at 2:18 as Sillakh sank to the canvas. Sillakh had been on the verge of landing a fight with the winner of Saturday’s Hopkins-Dawson rematch.
Undefeated junior lightweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten Yaundale “Money Shot” Evans (16-1, 12 KOs) in just 2:02 of round one. Two knockdowns and the fight was over.