In a tougher-than-expected eight-round fight, Billy Zumbrun, of Ogden, Utah, spotted the first two rounds to Henry Naumuu, of Las Vegas, but controlled the middle rounds to win the Utah heavyweight championship. Zumbrun, 230 pounds, floored Naumuu, 233 pounds, with a right uppercut, followed by a left hook in round six. The scores were 77-74 and 78-73 twice for the Ogden veteran, 27-13-1. Naumuu falls to 10-7.
There was an above-average undercard at Layton, Utah’s Davis Conference Center. Two Utah prospects stayed undefeated. Salt Lake City featherweight Jose Haro, 8-0, stopped Eduardo Guillen, 1-3, in the third round. Cruiserweight Jesse West, of Fruit Heights, floored Keith Busch, 1-2, in round one to score a four-round unanimous decision. In the only bad bout on the card, former heavyweight contender Damien Wills, 32-3, stopped Dante Craig, 20-16 at 36 seconds of round one. Wills quickly floored Craig with a body shot. Craig easily got to his feet at which time his corner, for seemingly no rational reason, threw in the towel. The crowd booed the ending.
The card included four fights featuring highly regarded boxers from outside the U.S.. Former Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauakas, of Lithuania
– now training in Oxnard Calif., improved to 3-0 with a second round TKO over Jason Thompson, 0-3, of Arizona. Bahodir Mamadjonov, 14-1, scored an eight unanimous decision over durable super-lightweight Rynell Griffin, 7-17-2. Russian lightweight Evgeny Churakov, 6-0, battered game Wilbert Mitchell, 1-9 over four rounds to get a unanimous decision, and Russian Fedor Papazov, 13-0, stopped Alabama’s John Willoughby, 3-22, in round two.