A trio of exciting fights lit up the latest edition of Fight Night on NBC Sports Network Friday night. The nationally televised
tripleheader was staged at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
the main event, scheduled for ten rounds, heavyweight contender Bryant
"By-By" Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, remained undefeated with a bruising sixth
round TKO of Russian Andrey Fedosov, 24-3, 19 KOs. Both heavyweights
took turns landing their shots, but Jennings was the quicker and
stronger of the two. Over time, Jennings, of Philadelphia, wore his
opponent down and eventually closed his left eye. Fedosov tested
Jennings all night, but Bryant passed the stiff test with flying colors.
Jennings Hits Fedosov
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six full rounds, referee Steve Smoger halted the fight based on the
ringside doctor's recommendation, saying that Fedosov's swollen eye was
significantly impairing his vision. Fedosov remained on his stool and
did not come out for round seven. The official time of the stoppage was
3:00 of round six.
was definitely expecting that type of fight," Jennings said of the
scrap. "He was a good challenge. He hit me with some good shots."
asked who he'd like to fight next, Jennings' trainer Fred Jenkins
answered for him. "Klitschko!," Jenkins said. Jennings nodded in
agreement and added, "Yeah, we're hoping for that."
light heavyweight KO artist Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 21-0-1, 19 KOs,
made short work of Houston's Cornelius White, 21-2, 16 KOs, in their
scheduled 12-round fight, and added another exciting knockout to his
resume. Kovalev battered White over the first two rounds before dropping
him to the canvas three times in round three for the TKO victory. The
time was 1:42 of the third.
Kovalev Knocks Out White
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win earned Kovalev the #1 IBF ranking and made him the mandatory
challenger for that 175-pound championship. With three consecutive KO
wins on Fight Night, Kovalev has plenty of fan support in his quest for a world title fight.
"I felt good," Kovalev said. "I'm ready to fight anybody."
the first of the televised fights, Ray Narh, 26-2, 21 KOs, won an
impressive unanimous 10-round decision over Ronald Cruz, 17-2, 12 KOs.
Narh was coming off a two-year layoff, but wasted no time jumping out to
a lead and maintaining control throughout the fight. Cruz, of
Bethlehem, had the hometown crowd solidly in his corner, but their loud
cheering could not lift him to victory. Ronald fought hard, but Narh was
far busier and had the answers for Ronald's sporadic surges.
Narh celebrates victory over Cruz
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did not look like a fighter who was off for two years. He used a
stinging jab, and a variety of power shots to nail down an easy points
win by scores of 100-90, 98-92, and 96-94. This was the second
consecutive loss for Cruz.
a 4-round battle of heavyweights, Bill Marks, Allentown, PA, won his
professional debut by majority decision over Williamsport, PA's Randy
an action-packed junior welterweight fight scheduled for six rounds,
Bethlehem's Jerome Rodriguez and Newburgh, NY's Treysean Wiggins traded
knockdowns in round one, before Rodriguez, 4-0-1, 2 KOs, stormed back in
round two to score a knockout at 1:38. Wiggins lost for the first time,
3-1, 3 KOs.
the first bout of the night, junior welterweight Hasan Young, 3-1-1, 1
KO, won a 6-round unanimous decision over Ariel Duran, 7-5-1, 4 KOs, of
Queens, NY. Young was busier and more accurate in the fight and earned
the decision by scores of 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56.
a 4-round swing bout between two junior middleweights making their pro
debut, Arturo Trujilo, Easton, PA, knocked down West Philly's Anthony
Watson twice in the first round to claim a TKO win at 29 seconds of
round one. The bout took place between the Kovalev and Jennings bouts.