Hellraiser Boxing News | World Results Round Up: Camacho, Charr, & Kovalev
Hellraiser boxing's world boxing results round up. All the big results from last weekend, including Wadi Camacho's Southern Area title defence, Manuel Charr's bid for a "world" title and Sergey Kovalev's return after two consecutive losses.
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by Adam Thorn
Bethnal Green, London
York Hall hosted a Goodwin Promotions bill on Saturday, top of which saw Wadi Camacho, 19-7 (11), defending his Southern Area cruiserweight title. Facing him was Jose Lopes, 8-2 (4), and going in Camacho may have been taking hope from his September points win over Ossie Jervier, who had stopped Lopes in March.
Wadi worked well behind the jab, keeping his distance and refusing to be caught in a war. Lopes did land some big shots, hoping to spark the dogfight he seemed to feel would suit him, but Camacho took these well and more than retaliated. Lopes seemed in trouble on a couple of occasions in the fight but came through fighting. As the end drew ever closer Lopes was looking for that one big shot, but it never came and a small hall classic ended with a 96-95 win for the holder Camacho.
Unbeaten Ricky Heavens kept his record in tact, moving to 4-0-1 (0) with a convincing points victory over Sylwester Walczak, 5-33-2 (0). Heavens had Walczak hurt in the first and fourth rounds, but Walczak held on to the final bell. Ricky will be looking to continue on this trajectory and challenge for belts at super welterweight towards the end of 2018.
Also on the bill featherweight Ryan “The Lion” Walker went 5-0 (0) taking every round of four against Devon's Jamie Speight, now 15-17 (2). Jez Smith added another knockout to his tidy record, going to 9-0-1 (4) by stopping Sheffield's game Nathan Hardy, who dropped to 6-17-3 (3).
Manuel Charr, 31-4 (17), put himself a fight away from a fight with Anthony Joshua, outpointing Alexander Ustinov, 34-2 (25) in Germany for the WBA regular title. The 40 year old Ustinov had only fought once since 2015, but started fresher until Charr began to take over and put him down in round eight. Charr survived being shot four times (in one incident) in 2015 and his unanimous decision win makes him Germany's first heavyweight “world” champion in eighty five years.
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Sergey “Krusher”Kovalev was looking to recover from two consecutive losses to Andre Ward against number 10 ranked Vyacheslav Shabranskyy. The fight was for the WBO light heavyweight title Kovalev lost to Ward last year, which was vacant following Ward's retirement from the sport. Kovalev had been unbeaten prior to meeting Ward, and much of the pre fight talk was whether and if so what those defeats had taken out of “Krusher”.
Sergey was clearly keen to get the job done quickly, which he did, the referee timing his rescue of outgunned Shabranskyy perfectly in the second round. Kovalev had put his foe down in the first, and twice in the second, but Shabranskyy, 19-2 (16) stubbornly and bravely fought on, before wilting under a barrage forcing Harvey Dock to jump in the way of Kovalev's fists, ending the contest. Kovalev's record now stands at 31-2-1 (27) but in his enthusiasm he ate lead lefts on his way in more than a couple of times, and looked briefly wobbled by them, a worrying sign for when he steps his level of opponent up.
Former WBA and IBF world super featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, 28-2-1 (17), continued his comeback with a reportedly less than convincing majority decision over Jason Sosa, 20-3-4 (15). Gamboa went down in round seven and lost a point for holding in the tenth and final round, but scraped through 93-95, 94-94, 92-96.
Both Sullivan Barrera, 21-1 (14), Felix Valera, 15-2 (13), were down in the first round of their ten rounder at light heavyweight. They also both lost a point for low blows later in the fight, but Barrera took a unanimous decision victory.
with thanks to Chris Waddams for his notes from York Hall.
Posted: 27th Nov 2017
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