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Former jr middleweight and welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former welterweight title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-5, 20 KOs) in jr middleweight clash on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Both fighters were cut from repeated head clashes. Hernandez, who had lost three of his last four, surprisingly gave local favorite Rodriguez all he could handle. The bout was stopped due to a cut suffered by Hernandez over the left eye that was ruled to be caused by a headbutt. The fight was announced as a majority technical decision for Rodriguez with scores of 77-75, 78-74 for Rodriguez and 76-76. Television replays showed the cut that stopped the fight was actually caused by a punch. Michael Mazzulli, Director of the Mohegan Tribe Dept. of Athletic Regulation, then changed the result from a technical decision to a TKO win for Rodriguez.
Jr welterweight Chris “Hurricane” Howard (16-2-1, 7 KOs) won a six round split technical decision over previously undefeated Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (16-1, 6 KOs). An accidental head clash in round one ultimately led to an early termination of the bout. The fight was stopped at the beginning of round seven due the condition of Howard’s eye which was swollen shut. Scores were 58-56, 58-56 Howard, 59-55 Kinda.
A clash between heavyweights Constantin Bejenaru (3-0, 2 KOs) and Excell Holmes (2-1-1, 1 KO) ended in a no-decision. Bejenaru dropped Holmes in round two but suffered a deep gash on his forehead from an unintentional headbutt later in the round and the bout was stopped.
Undefeated jr middleweight prospect Michael Moore (12-0, 6 KOs) outpointed Doel Carrasquillo (17-24-1, 14 KOs) over six.