Egidijus Kavaliauskas gets back in the win column. Joet Gonzalez wants the best. Anthony Yarde shakes off some rust, and Fedor Chudinov gets the stoppage.
MEAN MACHINE STOPS ZEWSKI
At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Welterweight contender Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas picked up win number 22 with his eighth round stoppage of Mikael Zewski. Tre Berry’s report on the action
JOET GONZALEZ READY FOR THE BEST AFTER HANDLING MIGUEL MARRIAGA
On the undercard to Kavaliauskas vs Zewski, Featherweight contender Joet Gonzalez looked sharp in his first return to the ring since dropping a lopsided decision to WBO Champion and personal rival Shakur Stevenson nearly a year ago.
🇺🇸Gonzalez (WBO #11) picked apart former Super-Featherweight title contender 🇨🇴Miguel Marriaga (WBO #6, WBC #8) to collect the 10 round unanimous decision (99-91, 99-91, 97-93) in a fight for the vacant WBO International Featherweight Title.
It appeared that Gonzalez (24-1-0, 14KO) a native of Glendora, California, would have a chance to be only the second fighter to stop Marriaga (29-4-0, 25KO) in the tenth and final round, but the 33 year old Colombian vet showed his toughness and held on to hear the final bell.
After the win, Gonzalez stated that he isn’t interested in any tune ups and has his sights set on immediately mixing it up with the best in the division.
“I think if Navarrete gets a belt, I’d give him a great fight. I’d love to fight Xu Can (WBA champion) as well. He’s like a punching machine. A fight with him will be exciting for the fans.”
ANTHONY YARDE KNOCKS OFF RUST AND DEC SPELMAN
Top Light-Heavyweight contender 🇬🇧Anthony Yarde (WBC #11, WBO #6) returned to the ring for the first time since February. The coronavirus pandemic halted his plans to return to the ring early summer and more importantly claimed the life of both his father and grandmother.
Some signs of ring rust showed early on as his opponent 🇬🇧Dec Spelman was able to get some good work and take the first round while Yarde attempted to get in a rhythm and find his range.
There was plenty of toughness shown by Spelman in this matchup, but in the sixth round it was clear Yarde had shaken the cobwebs he entered the ring with off as he landed thudding body shots and overhand rights on Spelman that echoed throught fanless BT Sport Studio.
A crushing right put Spelman down in the sixth and he took the mandatory standing eight count, but to his dismay referee Michael Alexander didn’t like what he saw and waved the bout off. It honestly appeared Spelman could continue, but it was just as clear that Yarde (20-1-0, 19KO) was heating up with bombs that were finding a home on Spelman (16-5-0, 8KO), who didn’t have the firepower to keep Yarde off of him.
Yarde now looks ahead to a clash with domestic rival Lyndon Arthur in the fall/winter of this year. As for Spelman, this is his third consecutive loss in a years time and second in under two months.
FEDOR CHUDINOV STOPS UMAR SADIQ
At the Khimki Basketball Center in Khimki, Russia, super middleweight contender 🇷🇺Fedor Chudinov (WBC #6, WBO #11) of Russia was put to the test by Britian’s 🇬🇧Umar “Top Boxer” Sadiq.
Things really heated up in the seventh round between the two fighters with plenty of back and forth action. Chudinov who stands 5’9″ used his jab to work his way inside of the 6’4″ Sadiq, and get a lot of his good work in to the body and finding a home for a solid overhand right.
By the end of the 11th round Sadiq was fighting hard but was clearly on fumes, and Chudinov took advantage in the 12th as he put Sadiq in the corner and began unleashing a series of unanswered blows. Just thirty seconds into the final round referee Yury Kopstev halted the action. Chudinov improves to 23-2-0, 16KO while Umar Sadiq falls to 10-2-0, 6KO.