PEDRO CAMPA REMIANS UNBEATEN, BARRERA KO’S MURAT

Albert Baker
Photos: Lina Baker IG @seeyouringside

Pedro Campa 19-0 14KO’s kept his unbeaten record alive after dominating Aaron Herrera 21-4-1 12KO’s over 10 rounds. Campa kept the pressure high, landing thudding shots while mixing his punches to the body and head.

Campa is a good prospect that has the potential to make some noise in the 140lb. division. Herrera showed the crowed what a good chin looks like after eating a buffet of shots from the young Mexican and still pressed forward into the action. The judge’s scorecards read 98-92, and 100-90 twice.

Cuban Light Heavyweight Sullivan Barrera 17-0 12KO’s handled his first real step-up in competition with ease, blasting Karo Murat 27-3-1 17KO’s in the fifth round.
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Barrera used a long jab and hard right hands to beat the former title holder and Bernard Hopkins victim. Murat attempted to get inside of Barrera to wear him down but the movement and jab of the Cuban were too much for the German fighter that has failed in every one of his elite level matchups, most notably against Hopkins and Nathan Cleverly.
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At the end of the fourth round Barrera landed a hard right uppercut that put Murat down, Murat beat the count to hear the bell for the fifth. Barrera came out to finish the show and after landing a few combinations referee Wayne Hedgepeth had seen enough and called a halt to the fight at 25 seconds in the fifth.
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The win sets up Barrera as Light Heavyweight Kingpin Sergey Kovalev’s IBF mandatory, a fight that is easy to make considering Main Events promotes them both.

Arif Magomedov 17-0 10KO’s pounded Jonathan Tavira 12-4 9KO’s into a 7th round stoppage. Using a good jab and hard right hands Magomedov dominated the Mexican with power shots. In the third round referee Zack Young warned Magomedov for going low after landing an uppercut that sent Tavira to his knees.
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Magomedov would come out in the sixth to land low again prompting the referee to take a point but, it wouldn’t matter in the end as Magomedov landed a thunderous right hand in the seventh dropping Tavira. Tavira made it to his feet but referee Zack Young had seen enough and rightfully called a halt to the action to give Magomedov his seventeenth win.

Aleksander Besputin 1-0 1KO won his pro-debut in impressive style as he dropped Fernando Palizo of Guassave Mexico at 2:59 in the second round. Besputin landed a hard right hand that forced Palizo to cover up with a minute to go in the second then; followed with a flurry of shots until landing a hard left, right hand combination to drop Palizo like a sack of bricks prompting referee Sharon Sands to call the fight.

Out of the ring since an April loss to Saddam Ali, Santa Barbara native Francisco “Chia” Santana 23-4-1 12KO’s out hustled and outworked a game but vastly overmatched Armen Ovsepyan 14-6 11KO’s. Santana fired combinations to batter Ovsepyan throughout the fight, consistently beating him to the punch until Ovsepyan’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel near the end of the sixth round. Santa got some needed work in and looks to get himself back into a meaningful fight next year.

Egidijus Kavaliuaskas 11-0 10KO’s stopped Pablo Mungia 21-10-1 12KO’s in the second bout of the evening to get the crowds juices flowing.

Opening the night’s action Russian Konstantin Kuplanski 1-0 topped opponent Reggie Young 0-2 in his pro debut.

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