|Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev Crushes Cedric Agnew in 7 at AC
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (March 30, 2014)
Photo © Rich Graessle, Main Events
WBO Light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 24-0-1 (22), gave southpaw Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew, 26-1 (13), Chicago, IL, a brutal beating scoring a knockout at 0:58 of the 7th round taking the count on a knee as referee Sammy Viruet counted to 10. Main Events promoted their show Saturday night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
In the third round Agnew landed his fist combination. Up to this point it was one counter punch at a time. Kovalev went on the attack hurting Agnew on two different occasions. In the fourth it was all Kovalev except for an accidental clash of heads with Agnew bringing his head up into Kovalev’s right eye causing a cut outside the right eye with blood streaming down.
Kovalev’s jab continues to hammer into the face of Agnew. A combination buckled Agnews legs in a neutral corner. Kovalev lands punch after punch through the gloves of Agnew who has never been in with anyone with such power. He hangs in there with an occasional counter punch with little effect on Kovalev.
In the sixth a left hook on top of the head of Agnew and he jaw is broken. He is taking a terrific beating being out punched 5-1 by Kovalev. In the seventh a pair of straight right hands to the head followed by a left to the ribs and Agnew took a knee until he was counted out by referee Sammy Viruet. Agnew showed a lot of guts but needed more than that against a champion like Kovalev.
Light Welter Thomas Dulorme, 21-1 (14), Carolina, PR, was awarded a decision over Karim Mayfield, 18-1-1 (11), of San Francisco, CA, after 10 rounds filled with more holding than fighting. It was for the NABF title.
The first round may have had one punch landed and that was by Dulorme. Talk about a “feeling out” round. In the third round Mayfield finally got into the fight rocking Dulorme. In the fourth Dulorme would land a right then wrap his arms around Mayfield time and again. Seems like not one jab has been thrown through 4 rounds.
Not having seen Mayfield fight before he looks like a shot fighter with a style lacking any balance. Dulorme throws a punch and ties Mayfield up. They seem to have left their fight at the weigh-in. In the seventh Dulorme rocked Mayfield with a right hand. Once again he fails to follow-up. From a possible clash of heads Dulorme has a small cut outside of his left eye.
In the eighth twice Mayfield was hit low with the second one due to him pushing the head of Dulorme down. Neither fighter looks like championship material with this showing. In the ninth top referee and world traveler referee Steve Smoger has separated these two which seems like the 100th time.
In the tenth and final round Mayfield landed a solid right that buckled the knees of Dulorme making him hold. Mayfield forces Dulorme to the ropes without throwing a punch and as he grabs the ropes Dulorme grabs him. If there’s a winner tonight its “Double SS” Smoger. This was one brutal fight to watch waiting for something to happen. Mayfield takes the last round. Scores of 98-92, 97-94 and 96-93 all for Dulorme. DHB had it 97-93 for Dulorme. This fight will not make any highlight films in the future.
Light heavy Bosnian Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic, 15-0 (10), out of St. Petersburg, FL, won a 8 round split decision over Lionel “Lonnie B” Thompson, 15-3 (9), of Buffalo, NY. It seemed like the winner easily won this one but it’s a night the judges seem to be “a little off!” That is in their scoring.
In the third a Kalajdzic right to the jaw of Thompson had him hurt. He is countering Thompson well. In the fourth through the sixth it was Kalajdzic throwhing more punches but Bradley usually chasing. In the sixth it was Kalajdzic chasing after landing a solid right to the chin of Thompson.
Through 7 rounds Kalajdzic was well ahead but after seeing his fellow countryman get robbed in the previous fight he can’t take anything for granted. The scheduled 10 was cut to 8 and Thompson came out firing looking for a knockout that wasn’t happening. Referee was Huggins. Cheeks had it 78-72 for Kalajdzic as did DHB while Rashada had it somehow 77-75 Thompson with Mckaie scoring it 76-75 for the winner Kalajdzic.
Junior Middleweight Haitian “Silky” Wilky Campfort, 17-1 (9), out of Tampa, FL, was given a “gift” split decision over southpaw Khurshid Abdullaev, 6-1-1 (3), of Russia, over 8 rounds which was later changed to a Campfort win after first being announced a draw.
It seemed to take forever for the decision to be announced which usually means its going to be a bad one and it was. Abdullaev controlled the entire fight. All of a sudden the ring announcer said there was a mistake in the scoring and they gave it to Campfort. The fans were not happy or was this writer. It must be payback to Russia for occupying Ukraine.
Abdullaev was having his way until a lead right uppercut caught him on the chin and when his right glove touched the canvas it was an automatic knockdown. In the second Abdullaev came out to make up for the knockdown but ran into a hard right. He would come back hurting Campfort with a left uppercut and Campfort picked Abdullaev up and dropped him over the ropes. Referee Vera got things back on track without taking any points from Campfort.
In the third Abdullaev would land right hooks partially on the back of the head causing Campfort to complain. He would land several lead right hands to the chin of Abdullaev keeping the fight very close. In the fourth the battle continued with Abdullaev landing more but Campfort scoring power rights.
The fifth was more of the same ending with Campfort doubled over from a low blow. In the sixth Abdullaev pinned Campfort on the ropes with little coming back. Midway a chopping right on the head of Abdullaev had the fans re-acting. The body shots from Abdullaev seem to be bothering Campfort who throws a limited number of punches but they are usually on target.
In the seventh Abdullaev starts holding a lot possibly tiring as Campfort seems to control the round. In the eighth and final round Campfort seems frustrated by the grab and punch inside tactics. Rashada had it 76-74. He was overruled by scores of 77-74 by Cheeks and 76-75 by Mckaie. DHB had it 77-74 for Abdullaev. Referee was Vera.
Heavyweight Adam Kownacki, 6-0 (6), Brooklyn, NY, stopped Excell Holmes 2-3-1 (1), of Buffalo, NY, in 0:43 of the 2nd round.
Kownacki came right out after Holmes putting him on the defense. He staggered Holmes who was cut on the top left eye lid. The Polish fans started yelling “Polska, Polska”. The ring physican checked on Holmes who was late getting up. In the second round Kownacki continued his assault driving Holmes into the corner until referee Huggins waved it off.
Super middle Rafael Jastrzebski, 4-8-1 (1), of Lakewood, NJ,
Had the fans behind him until Michael Mitchell, 3-3-2 (1), dropped him twice stopping him when referee Vera wisely stepped in at 2:53 of the 2nd round.
You put 2 fighters with so-so records and the come out and war. Mitchell started fast and Jastrezebski finished strong in the opening round. In the second both rocked one another when suddenly a left hook from Mitchell dropped Jastrzebski twice. Mitchell was dishing out plenty of punishment without response when referee Vera waved it off.
Light welter 2012 Dominican Olympian southpaw Wellington Romero, 3-0 (1), Newburgh, NY, easily won all 4 rounds over Gerald Smith 3-1 (1), Philly. Referee was Alan Huggins.
Smith ran out to rumble in the first and Romero was waiting for him dropping him against the ropes for a knockdown.
The much taller Romero was the aggressor while Smith took a good body beating ending the first. In the next 2 rounds Smith became the aggressor trying to get inside the long reach of Romero to no avail.
In opening bout middleweight Ismael “Tito” Garcia, 6-0 (3), of Vineland, NJ, won a very good 58-56 decision on all score cards over Dushane Cooks, 6-1 (4), of Brooklyn, NY, over 6 rounds. In the final round both fighters rocked each other. Referee was Ricky Vera.
Main Events will be coming back with Peltz Boxing April 4th featuring a USBA heavyweight fight between the champion Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and his No. 5 contender the former 2-time Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham. It will be held at the Liacouras Center of Temple University in Philadelphia. The co-feature will have Curtis “Showtime” Stevens of Brownsville, NY, taking on Tureano Johnson, of the Bahamas now living in Georgia in a middleweight 10 rounder.
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