Recapping the highlighted undercard bouts from the Aleksandr Usyk vs Chazz Witherspoon Heavyweight Card at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago this past Saturday.
Conwell vs Day: Junior middleweight Patrick Day (17-4-1, 6KO) underwent emergency brain surgery to reduce swelling in a Chicago hospital after suffering a 10th-round knockout against Charles Conwell (11-0-0, 8KO).
Referee Celestino Cruz waved the bout off after day went out cold after his head bounced off the canvas from a Conwell left hook.
Windy City Wrestling: Jessica McCaskill retained her WBC/WBA Super Lightweight titles Saturday night over Erica Farias with scores of 97-91, 96-92, and one scorecard had it a draw at 94-94.
McCaskill fought through one of the messier fights of the year as rounds 3 through 10 resembled more of a wrestling match with all of the holding taking place from Farias who appeared to have started gassing out by round 4. Referee Christian Curiel attempted to get it under control in the 4th by deducting a point from Farias, but to no avail.
In the end the judges got the winner right as McCaskill was the fighter attempting to push the action and get some work in before finding herself tangled in the grips of Farias. The fans in Chicago let their fighter hear them chant her name in support before the scores were even read, but hopefully next time they get to see McCaskill defend her titles in a quality bout.
Doheny Sharp in Return: Former IBF Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny returned to the ring and improved to 22-1-0 with 16 knockouts after stopping Colombian journeyman Jesus Martinez (26-10-0, 13KO) in an 8 round bout.
As expected the Irish southpaw controlled the action throughout , even dropping Martinez with a left hand in the early moments of the opening round. Martinez wasn’t severely hurt and bounced back up, proving to be game in the first three rounds. It was in the fourth round where Doheny put the heat on Martinez, working the body more and still landing solid lefts to the head.
By the end of the fourth and into the fifth round it was apparent to everyone that Martinez was about done, his body language read of an exhausted and frustrated fighter as he labored around the ring, sometimes gesturing to the referee for help with calls. In his corner before the start of the 6th round Martinez informed his trainer he would no longer continue putting Doheny back in the win column after suffering his first loss back in April to Daniel Roman.