Saturday night at The Showboat in Atlantic City, Christopher Pearson (17-3-1, 12 KOs) battled to a 10-round split draw with Derrick Webster (29-4-1, 15 KOs) in a fight for the NBA super middleweight world title. The card which took place in front of a near-capacity crowd at The Showboat was promoted by Joe Frazier Jr. and Mis Downing Promotions.
The bout was closely contested with Pearson landing the harder blows and very good body work. Each fighter won a card 96-94 and a third card was even at 95-95.
Junior welterweight Shinard Bunch (21-2, 17 KOs) took out Abraham Afful (12-6-1, 12 KOs) in round two of their scheduled eight-rounder. In round two, Bunch dropped Afful with a hard left hook. Affull rolled on his side and did not beat the 10-count at 1:25.
Super bantamweight Devin Gantt (5-0, 5 KOs) remained undefeated with a fourth round stoppage over Kevin Traynor (1-5, 1 KO) in a six-round bout. In round one, Gantt dropped Traynor with a hard flurry of punches. Gantt seemed one punch away from stopping Traynor on several occasions in the opening round. In round four, Gantt started unloading hard shots to the body and head that forced Traynor to take a knee and the corner stopped the bout 1:18.
Nimal Farmer remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over durable Nelson Morales in a welterweight fight. Farmer was dominant as he landed flurries for the better part of the fight and kept Morales on the ropes. Morales did well to stay on his feet and he started to spit out blood towards the end of round five. Farmer of Lindenwold, NJ won by scores of 60-54 on all cards and is now 5-0. Morales of Scranton, PA is 4-9
Khalid Billings remained undefeated by stopping Aaron Newmones in the opening round of their four-round welterweight bout. Billings dropped Newmones with a perfect left to the head. Newmones was badly hurt and Billings sensed it as he went right after Newmones and dropped him again, and the fight was stopped at 1:34. Billings of Queens, NY is 3-0 with two knockouts. Newmones of Atlantic City is 1-4.