By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Undefeated San Antonio, TX super lightweight Mario “El Azteca” Barrios scored a second-round knockout over Juan Jose Velasco of Pulpaia, Argentina in the co-feature bout at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA.
Barrios was aggressive from the start and eventually caught Velasco with a clean body shot followed by a solid right cross. Velasco went down and could not beat referee Wayne Spinola’s 10-count. Barrios is now 24-0, 16 KO’s. Velasco falls to 20-2, 12 KO’s.
Update: The 10-round contest between Matt Korobov and Immanuwel Aleem has had the scores changed. The bout is now a majority draw. One score was incorrectly read as 96-95 for Korobov when it should have read 95-95. Korobov did win one scorecard at 97-93. Korobov’s record is now 28-2-1, 14 KO’s while Aleem is now 18-1-2, 11 KO’s.
Middleweight Matt Korobov of St. Petersburg, FL won a 10-round majority decision over “The Chosen One” Immanuwel Aleem of Richmond, VA. Korobov seemed to land the harder punches in the contest, at times making Aleem take a step back. In the sixth round, Korobov wobbled Aleem with a strong right uppercut. However, Aleem fought back and turned the tide in the last three rounds as he caught the Russian native with strong punches of his own. One judge had a draw, 95-95 but the two other judges scored the contest, 96-95 and 97-93 for Korobov, who is now 29-2, 14 KO’s. Aleem falls to 18-2-1, 11 KO’s.
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Glenarden, MD lightweight Drayvontay Speed Rawls won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Jonathan Perez of Barranquilla, Colombia. Usually known for his hand speed, Rawls was very successful in using angles throughout this bout. Rawls repeatedly got off his punches first and out pointed his opponent. Rawls won by 59-54 twice and 58-55 to raise his record to 12-1-1, eight KO’s. Perez is now 38-24, 30 KO’s.
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Stephen Fulton, Jr of Philadelphia, PA captured the IBO Super Bantamweight title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Paulus Ambunda of Swakopmund, Namibia. Fulton was just too quick and too active for Ambunda as he peppered him with quick jabs and right hooks. Fulton dropped Ambunda with a right hook in the ninth round. All three judges scored the bout 120-107. Fulton remains undefeated at 16-0, seven KO’s while Ambunda’s record drops to 27-3, 11 KO’s.
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In a stuinning start to this TGB Promotions card at Eagle Bank Arena in Fairfax, VA, super middleweight Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. scored a vicious second-round knockout over Mark “Sayless” Duncan of Clarksburg, MD.
The bout was pretty even until midway through the second when Womack threw a brutal right hand that froze Duncan against the ropes. Womack sent two more hard shots that dropped Duncan face down onto the canvas with a sickening thud. Referee Brent Bovell stopped the bout immediately at 1:39 of the second. Duncan had to be helped from the ring and is reportedly headed to a local hospital.
Womack is now 9-17-4, seven KO’s while Duncan is 3-2, three KO’s.
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Baltimore super welterweight Aaron Anderson made short work of Carlos Galindo of Lima, Peru, stopping him at two minutes of the first round.
Anderson went to work early, reaching Galindo with hard head and body shots. Anderson dropped Galindo four times before referee Wayne Spinola halted the contest.
Anderson remains undefeated at 5-0, four KO’s. Galindo is 1-10.
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Undefeated Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru “Spartan” Marin won a 10-round unanimous decision over a very tough Luis Concepcion of Panama City, Panama. The contest was an IBO elimination bout.
Marin, a native of Iasu, Romania, landed hard lefts and rights early in the contest. Concepcion kept coming forward, however, and by the middle rounds, got his offense going. Concepcion was able to open a cut along Marin’s left eye. However, Marin did enough work early to win the bout by scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice.
Marin raises his record to 18-0, 11 KO’s while Concepcion falls to 37-8, 26 KO’s.