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A middleweight clash between D’Mitrius Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) and Elias Espadas (18-4, 13 KOs) ended in a no decision on Thursday night at Ocean Casino Resort/Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout was heating up nicely but a cut to Espada caused by an unintentional headbutt resulting in the bout being stopped in round three.
“I felt like the fight could’ve went on,” said Ballard. “I’m not the judge. I’m not the doctor. He decided to stop the fight, so I just have to live with the decision and move forward. If I don’t fight Espadas in the next fight, I want to do a rematch for a belt. This is my first time fighting at 160, and I feel good and strong. I’m confident in my abilities, and there are a lot of great fighters at 160. I’m here to take my claim in the ring.”
“I respect any man that comes into that ring. We are battling for our lives on that ring. Espadas is a tough fighter; he is a good quality opponent and a real quality fighter. I’m sure he will be back after this and I have much respect for him.”
“I knew this was a hard and complicated fight, but my team did a great job,” said 6Espadas. “I think we are doing things correctly. I would love to get better, continue to train hard and my team will decide if we do a rematch with Ballard.”
Welterweight Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (23-3, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over Saul “Navajo” Corral (29-14, 19 KOs). Corral down four times in round two. Time was 1:55.
In her Golden Boy debut, WBC female super middleweight champion Franchon “The Heavy-Hitting Diva” Crews-Dezurn (5-1, 2 KOs) got a fifth round mercy stoppage over Kayla Williams (0-3-1) in a non-title bout. Time was 1:40. Tough assignment for Williams, who is still looking for her first win.
Super middleweight Gabriel Pham (11-1, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jaba Khositashvili (4-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 59-54, 59-54, 60-53.
Super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (25-2, 13 KOs) outpointed journeyman Angel Hernandez (15-14-2, 9 KOs) over eight rounds.