From Russia with Love – Kovalev dismantles Campillo

Ringside Report by Vicky Villa
Pictures by GeoIMAGEZ

Relatively newcomer Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (19-0-1, 17 KOs) of Chelyabinsk, Russia, showed no love for the former light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (21-5-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain, stopping “Chico Guapo” inside three rounds. What promised to be an intriguing fight between a classic boxer and a natural puncher, turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Russian fighter overwhelmed Campillo from round one and took him out of his comfort zone. Kovalev’s work to the body, his pressure, and volume punching, paid dividends in round three when after dropping him a few times, the referee finally had seen enough and halted the bout at 1:30 seconds.

With this win “Krusher” sends a message to the light heavyweight division and becomes a real threat to any of the champions in this very loaded division. Campillo drops his second loss in a row (although his last loss is questionable) and this loss is a major setback in his career.

In the 10-round co-feature, Curtis Stevens, (22-3, 16 KOs) of Brownsville, Brooklyn, flattened the local fighter Elvin Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) scoring two knockdowns en route to a knockout win at 1:10 of round one. Stevens dropped Ayala with left hook and followed-up with a barrage of punches to send Ayala to the floor for a second and final time. The violent ending didn’t sit well with members of Ayala’s entourage who jumped in the ring and attacked Stevens. Security was able to finally control the small melee after some tense moments and the show continued.

Undercard Results

Welterweight Jimmy Williams (1-0, 1 KO) defeated Noel Garcia (2-16-2, 1 KO) by fourth round knockout at just 39 seconds into the final round.

Lightweight Edwin Cotto (1-0, 1 KO) won his professional debut defeating Ian James (2-5-1, 1 KO) by stopping him late in the final round.

Super middleweight Marcus Upshaw (15-8-1, 7 KOs), defeated Vladine Biosse (14-2-1, 7 KOs) via eighth round TKO victory at 2:25.
Super Featherweight Jason Sosa (8-1-3, 4 KOs) defeated Chip Perez (10-2, 3 KOs) by TKO at 2:10 of the fourth round.

Heavyweight Jarrell Miller (4-0-1, 4 KOs) and Joey Dawejko (7-1-2, 3 KOs) fought to a draw as all three judges scored the bout even 37-37. Miller would have been the winner but his two point deductions (2nd and 3rd) caused the fight to be ruled a draw.

Female bantamweight Shelito (Michelle) Vincent (7-0) scored a unanimous decision over New York’s Nydia Feliciano (5-4-3) in a six round matchup. Scores of the bout were 58-56 twice and 59-55.

This card was part of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night boxing series which kicked off its second season on Saturday, January 19th. The nationally televised event was shown live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, beginning 9PM ET.

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