LAS VEGAS-IBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov beat Spain’s Gabrield Campillo and added the WBA light heavyweight title with a much booed decision on Friday.
Now each fighter owns a win over the other but don’t tell that to Campillo.
“I got robbed, I won and I want an investigation in the desert,” said Campillo.
The rematch between Campillo’s text book boxing and Shumenov’s rugged volume punch style proved perplexing for the judges who ultimately favored the Kazakhstan’s style to the disfavor of the crowd at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Shumenov’s hard rushing two-fisted style opened up the first two rounds in his favor and Campillo laid back and picked off the shots with his gloves and elbows. Neither seemed
Not until the third round did Campillo step into attack mode and utilize his stiff right jab and long left hands. From then on both fighters switched firing combinations but it seemed the taller Spanish fighter was the more effective.
Shumenov never stopped punching despite getting his head snapped back on numerous occasions. Back and forth they fought with both suffering cuts by the ninth round.
Though it appeared Campillo dominated the last seven rounds of the fight two judges favored Shumenov’s non stop punching. Judge Jerry Roth tabbed it 115-113 and Patricia Jarman had it 117-11 for Shuemov. Levi Martinez had it 117-111 for Campillo as did most of press row.
Shumenov liked the result and was not surprise.
“The difference was I have the best trainer in boxing Kevin Barry. I wasn’t surprised by the decision. I felt I won,” said Shumenov who now has split two fights with Campillo. “This win was for my family back in Kazahkstan. He told me what to do to win this fight.
I just want to enjoy this decision.”
Santa Ana’ s Ronny Rios (9-0, 4 KOs) wore down Las Vega’s fighter Wilshaun Boxley (5-4, 3 KOs) with a pinpoint left jab and tight defense in a featherweight bout.
Rios and Boxley both counter-punched for two rounds with the Californian able to separate himself by using a long left jab that continued to snap Boxley’s head throughout the fight.
Boxley had some moment using the uppercut and hook, but by the fourth round was unable to use it effectively. Rios slowly began to dominate Boxley whose corner began yelling he needed a knockout to win. It never came.
All three judges gave to Rios by unanimous decision 59-55 twice and 60-54.
Norwalk’s Carlos Molina (10-0, 6 KOs) made very short work of Tyler Ziolowski (12-11, 6 KOs) with a sizzling left hook to the head that ended the fight in 54 seconds of a junior welterweight bout. It was scheduled for six rounds.
A battle between two California lightweights sizzled for 10 rounds as Northern California’s Eloy Perez (16-0-2, 4 KOs) captured a unanimous decision over Oxnard’s David Rodela (14-2-3, 6 KOs) in a back and forth fight. Perez used his elusiveness and stamina to win a battle of attrition that saw neither fighter give round.
Perez, who works with Shane Mosley, faced Rodela who works with Manny Pacquiao. In the end Perez seemed to have the fresher legs.
A perfect left uppercut by Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs) in the final round floored veteran Grady Brewer (26-12, 15 KOs) and began the end the 10-round junior middleweight struggle between Cuba’s former amateur star and the former Contender TV winner.
Lara’s fast hands and polished defense made it difficult for Brewer to penetrate from the outside. Though a couple of overhand right hands wobbled Lara it was the Cuban fighter’s night.
“I couldn’t get my shots off the way I wanted,” said Brewer. “I know I could do a lot better.”
A bad cut over Brewer’s left eye in the sixth round from an accidental clash of heads made it difficult for the Oklahoman who tried to fight inside in the last round and was met with a perfect left uppercut to the chin. A flurry of punches by Lara forced refeee Tony Weeks to end the fight at 2:44 of the 10th round.
“I think I worked him well. He started opening up in the last round and I was able to get in and KO him. He’s an exprienced veteran so he didn’t open up. When he did open up I took advantage,” said Lara, who is a former Cuban Olympian. “This is the second fight in a row to go the distance. Now I want to fight for a world title.”
Ravshan Hudanazarov (10-0, 8 KOs) battered Kenya’s Shadrack Kipruto (10-13) for two rounds and finally landed a double left hook to the body and head that ended the fight at 1:26 of the third round in a junior middleweight bout.
Las Vegas transplant Gayrat Ahmedov (13-0-1, 9 KOs) needed only 65 seconds to land a left hook to the ribs that crumbled Wisconsin’s Harley Kilfian (8-4, 7 KOs) for the count in a cruiserweight bout.
Local fighter Jesse Vargas (8-0, 3 KOs), who is trained by Roger Mayweather, attacked the body and head effectively in winning by unanimous decision 40-36 over Louisiana’s Rick Kinney (3-2) in a four round junior welterweight fight. Mayweather was in his corner along with Cornelius Boza-Edwards.
Mosley appeared at the fight card and looked pretty content. Also at the fight card was Leonard Ellerbe who advises Floyd Mayweather. He seemed pretty pleased that a fight expectd to me both fighters more than $20 million had finally come to fruition.
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