In an elimination bout for the IBF’s #2 position between unbeaten super featherweights, #6 rated Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over over #14 Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at Stage 305 in the Magic City Casino in Miami, Florida. Hometown favorite Barthelemy got off to a great start over the first few rounds, but Usmanee turned the tables and outpunched Barthelemy much of the rest of the way. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 for the locally-based fighter who was very lucky to get the win.
Jr middleweight slugger Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-4-1, 13 KOs). Gonzalez, who was nine pounds heavy for his last fight, a lackluster effort against Serhiy Dzinziruk, was trained by Chico Rivas for this bout and entered the ring in great shape against Ennis who came in six pounds heavy. Gonzalez was busier but never had Ennis in any trouble en route to a 95-95, 98-92, 97-93 win.
In a four-round featherweight scrap between undefeated prospects, Hairon Socarras (6-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over Josh Bowles (6-1, 1 KO). A right hand finished Bowles at 2:11.