By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
WBO junior welterweight title-holder Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) lost a surprise split decision in the inaugural defense of his belt with a much tougher than anticipated 12 rounder against Long Island’s Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) in the main event of an HBO televised card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Provodnikov knocked Algieri down twice in the first but could never knock him down again. Algieri boxed well throughout the encounter despite a badly bruised and swollen right eye to tighten up the scores down the stretch. Algieri landed more punches, Provodnikov landed the harder punches. Judges scores were all over the place: 114-112 (twice) for Algieri and 117-109 for Provodnikov.
WBO junior middleweight title-holder Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) made the first defense of his belt a successful one as he stopped Brian Rose in seven dominant rounds. Andrade dropped Rose (25-2-1, 7 KOs) in the first round and again in the third before Rose’s corner called a halt in the seventh. Rose was busted up at that point and bleeding from an injury to his nose. Time of the stoppage was 1:19.
Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan pounded Elvir Muriqui for ten lopsided rounds to earn a unanimous decision by scores of 99-90, 99-90, 98-91. Muriqui was knocked down in the fourth while Monaghan sustained cuts over both of his eyes. By the end, both men were bleeding and exhausted but Monaghan was a clear victor. He is now 24-0 with 13 KOs. Muriqui, “The KOssovo Kid,” has now lost two in a row for an overall ledger of 40-7 with 24 KOs.
Russian junior welterweight Fedor Papazov knocked out Miguel Angel Mendoza in the third round of a scheduled eight. Mendoza was giving as good as he got for the first two rounds but a huge right in the third put him on the seat of his pants. He rose on unsteady legs and with a bloody nose, prompting his corner to throw in the towel just 36 seconds into the round. Papazov is now 15-1 with 10 KOs; Mendoza is 21-4-2 with 21 KOs.
Female featherweight Heather Hardy barely got past Jackie Trivilino, winning a seventh round technical decision after Hardy was cut in the second round via accidental head butt. Hardy (10-0, 2 KOs) had a lot of difficulty keeping the aggressive Trivilino off of her but after the cut over her right eye worsened, a halt was called at the end of the seventh to go to the scorecards. One judge had Trivilino (9-8-3, 1 KO) up 67-66 but that was overruled by scores of 68-65 and 67-66 for Hardy.
In a sloppy but entertaining middleweight bout, Chris Galeano defeated Malik Johnson by four round unanimous decision. Judges scores were 40-36 and 39-37 (twice) all for Galeano (4-0). Jackson (0-3-3) gave a good account of himself and was winging wild shots until the end but he was never able to sustain anything offensively significant.
Undefeated junior middleweight Simeon Hardy kept his unblemished record intact with an easy second round stoppage of Malcolm Terry in the opening fight of the night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Hardy (13-0, 10 KOs) knocked down Terry twice, the second time on his face, before a halt was called at the 1:02 mark of the second. Terry is now 6-3 with six wins via stoppage.