Errol Spence Jr. probably climbed a few notches on the various pound-for-pound lists with a dominant performance against Lamont Peterson before an announced crowd of 12,107 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Making the first defense of the IBF world welterweight title he won in England with a stoppage of the eleventh round of Kell Brook, Spence won all the rounds before Peterson's coach, Barry Hunter, instructed referee Harvey Dock that I close it just before the start of the eighth round. 19659002] Spence, who improved to 23-0 (19) knocked down Peterson in the fifth with a left hook. In the seventh round, Peterson's right eye was almost closed and Spence was playing with him. While Spence was a big favorite, he was not expected to win so quickly against Peterson (35-4-1), a former IBF champion and the WBA 140-pound whose only previous defeats were for world-class opponents. Tim Bradley, Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia.
The co-star between Robert Easter Jr and Javier Fortuna was designed as a defense of the IBF's lightweight world title at Easter, but became somewhat less when the challenger from the Dominican Republic could not gain weight . But Fortuna had all the business inside the ring, denying 7 ½ inches longer reach of Easter with a swarm, in-and-out attack that continually frustrated his opponent much higher. When the smoke dissipated, Easter improved to 21-0 with a split decision victory (115-112, 114-113, 113-114), but was excoriated for fighting a loose fight and lost prestige in the court of public opinion. . 19659002] The fight would have been a draw if referee Ricky Gonzalez had not deducted a point of Fortune in the second round for hitting behind the head. The majority of ringside users thought Fortuna took it out with a strong finish. In the last rounds, he got the best of the exchanges. The crowd booed the decision.
It was the second loss in his career for Fortuna (31-2-1), a former WBA featherweight and super featherweight champion who had won four consecutive games since he suffered an 11 th stoppage of round at the hands of Jason Sosa in Beijing in one of the biggest surprises of 2016.
Staten Island lefty Marcus Browne did a short job with Francy Ntetu, 56, Congolese and Canadian, placing him in the same first round . Browne dropped Ntetu midway through the opening frame and then hit him with combinations until referee Arthur Mercante Jr. intervened to stop the carnage.
Browne, an Olympian of 2012, improved to 21-0 (16) and eliminated all doubts that he is a force to be reckoned with in the light heavyweight division.
In a heavyweight competition between fighters with roots in Eastern Europe, Adam Kownacki 17-0 (14) stopped Iago Kiladze (26-2) in the sixth frame. A right uppercut followed by a forehand hit Kiladze on the deck. He beat the count but was no longer competitive and the ref stopped the fight properly with the blessing of Kiladze's trainer, Freddie Roach.
Kiladze started strong, bloodied Kownacki's nose in the first round, but Kownacki, who entered a bloated 260 pounds, 39 ½ pounds more than his Ukrainian opponent, weathered him with his heaviest artillery. Born in Poland, but a resident of Brooklyn since the age of seven, Kownacki is a former Gold Glove Champion of New York City twice. If you stay in shape, you could create some noise in the heavyweight division.
In a 10-round welterweight bout, Anthony Peterson, Lamont's younger brother for 14 months, made a 10-round decision over Luis Eduardo Florez of Columbia. . Peterson (38-1) has an outstanding record, but has been content to be the second violin of his older brother and his career does not stop sizzling.
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