Kovalev Dominates Campillo
Ringside Report Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney
Undefeated light heavyweight Sergey “The Crusher” Kovalev (20-0-1, 17 KOs) knocked down former world champion Gabriel Campillo (21-5-1, 7 KO) three times in round three. After the third knock down the referee waived off the fight, which gave Kovalev a dominant third round TKO victory at 1:30 in the main event of Saturday night’s NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Main Events in association with CES Boxing.
The first knockdown came from a straight right that sent Campillo to the canvas. He was able to recover but Kovalev jumped right on him and landed a nice body shot that sent his opponent to the mat for the second time.
Once again Campillo was up at the count of eight, but Kovalev jumped right on him again. Kovalev landed a barrage of punches on Campillo and landed a straight left on the chin of Campillo, knocking him down for the third and final time.
Referee Michael Ortega stopped the bout giving the newest star in the light heavyweight division, Sergey Kovalev another impressive TKO victory. Kovalev said after the bout, “ I feel great. Being here now I feel that is the secret to my punching power.”
When asked about his ability to land punches easily against the former world champion, Campillo, Kovalev said, “I just see him as a target. I blocked him with my forearms and gloves, but he was an easy target to hit. I had no problem landing my punches.”
“I am ready to fight anyone in the division and fight for a world title,” said Kovalev afterwards. “It doesn’t matter. I just want to step up for world title fight. Cloud or Hopkins, Dawson or any of the world champions. I am here to become a champion.”
Stevens Stops Ayala in One
Brooklyn, NY’s Curtis Stevens (23-3, 17 KOs) quickly stopped former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) after just 1:10 of the very first round to capture the NABF middleweight title. Ayala was knocked down twice during the brief fight, with the second being his last.
Stevens, who dropped down in weight to 160 for the very first time in his career, landed a huge left hook on Ayala putting him to the canvas for the first time less than a minute into the fight. After Ayala got to his feet, Stevens immediately jumped on him and landed a barrage of punches which sent Ayala to the mat again, but this time referee Tony Chiarantano immediately stopped the fight.
After fighting just one round since 2010, Curtis Stevens is the new NABF middleweight title holder.
When asked if he was surprised that the knockout came so quickly, now that he is fighting at 160. Stevens reponded by saying, “I don’t get paid for overtime. All glory be to God, because without Him, none of this would have been possible. I would like to thank my team, my mother and father. It has been a rough two years. From here I am climbing to the top.”
“Ayala was jabbing and I reached a little bit. I was blocking the jab and then the opening came and I landed solid with the left hook,” said Stevens regarding the first knockdown.
Stevens, in regards to the second and final knockdown, said “I knew Ayala was hurt when he got up so I put the pressure on, got him backed into the ropes and I was head hunting at first but then I went downstairs on him with a right, then followed it up with another left hook to the head and down he went.”
“No. Nobody can take my shots at 160. Nobody. I am focused after two years off I was getting paid and I am bringing home a belt to my family ,” said Stevens when asked if he was surprised that Ayala wasn’t able to take more of his punches during the fight.
Williams KOs Garcia
Welterweight Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO) made his professional debut an explosive one as he defeated journeyman Noel Garcia (2-16-2, 1 KO) by fourth round knockout at just 39 seconds into the final round. Garcia was knocked down once in the third round but was able to gain his footing. From that point on in the fight, Garica kept charging in at Williams, which made it easy for Williams to counter the wild punches his opponent was throwing. This proved to be Garcia’s downfall as he charged at Wiliams at the beginning of round four, Williams landed two nice counters that backed Garcia into the corner. Williams then delivered a huge left hook that sent Garcia to the canvas for good as referee Chiarantano waived off the fight, which gave Williams his first professional knockout.
Cotto Stops James
In an action packed lightweight contest, Connecticut’s own Edwin Cotto (1-0, 1 KO) won his professional debut in spectacular fashion as he dominated Brooklyn, NY’s Ian James (2-5-1, 1 KO) by stopping him late in the final round. Cotto knocked James down once in the second round and once in the final round. Cotto without question had the edge in punching power as he out-landed James throughout. Referee Danny Ortega stepped in and stopped the fight which gave Cotto his first professional TKO at just 18 seconds of the fourth and final round.
Upshaw Upsets Biosse
Tough and durable journeyman Marcus Upshaw (15-8-1, 7 KOs), who has been in the ring with some great talent during his career, upset Providence, RI’s Vladine Biosse (14-2-1, 7 KOs) by knocking him down twice in the fight en route to an eighth round TKO victory at 2:25 in their super middleweight matchup. Biosse started out strong in the early rounds, easily landing to the head and body of the taller Upshaw, even though Upshaw had a great reach advantage. Upshaw figured out how to stay away from Biosse and forced his opponent to have to lunge forward to land punches. Upshaw was able to easily counter Biosse’s attack at that point and landed some hard punches on Biosse at that point. This gave Upshaw the openings he needed. He knocked Biosse down the second time with a straight right hand. Biosse recovered but was unable to defend himself which caused referee Tony Chiarantano to stop the fight and award Upshaw the TKO victory.
Sosa KOs Perez
Super Featherweight Jason Sosa (8-1-3, 4 KOs) surprised his opponent Chip Perez (10-2, 3 KOs) by knocking him down twice in the fight with the second being a solid right hook at 2:10 of the fourth and final round that sent Perez to the canvas. Perez was able to get up on his feet, but he was hurt and stumbling. This caused referee Johnny Callas to call a halt to the fight with less than a minute left in the final round, which gave Sosa the fourth round TKO victory.
Miller and Dawejko Ends in Draw
A hard hitting heavyweight matchup between Brooklyn, NY’s Jarrell Miller (4-0-1, 4 KOs) and Philadelphia, PA’s own Joey Dawejko (7-1-2, 3 KOs) ended in a four round draw as all three judges scored the bout even 37-37. Miller landed heavy hooks in the first two rounds of the bout as he had Dawejko wobbling early. Miller continued to out-land Dawejko and had him in trouble throughout the fight. Miller was deducted two points during the bout, once for a low blow and the other for a possible unintentional headbutt. Since Miller would have won all four rounds of the bout, two of the four rounds had one point deductions for Miller, which caused the fight to be ruled a draw.
Vincent Decisions Feliciano
New Haven, CT’s own Shelito (Michelle) Vincent (7-0) scored a hard fought unanimous decision over New York’s Nydia Feliciano (5-4-3) in a six round female bantamweight matchup. Scores of the bout were 58-56 twice and 59-55. Both fighters started out slugging early with neither fighter gaining a concrete advantage. Vincent, currently one of the top female bantamweights in boxing, began countering Feliciano’s attack during the middle rounds of the fight. Feliciano was in trouble in round four when Vincent had her in the corner and unleashed a solid left hook to the body followed by a right hook to the head. Vincent was unable to follow up as the bell signaled the end of the round. Vincent won the final two rounds of the fight as she was faster than her opponent. She was able to effectively counter punches from Feliciano and also was able to land first as well on many occasions. With the victory, Vincent moves one step closer to a world title opportunity.