Lopez, Stevenson, Verdejo win at MSG

Photos: Emily Harney

Lightweight sensation Teofimo Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former world title challenger and two-time European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (31-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. A body shot put Tatli down for the count. Time was 1:32.
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Featherweight Shakur Stevenson (11-0, 6 KOs), who earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, easily outpointed former world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (24-2, 16 KOs) over ten rounds. Steven was simply too fast and slick in compiling a 100-90, 99-91, 98-92 verdict.

Lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (25-1, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former interim world champion Bryan Vasquez (37-4, 20 KOs). Verdejo fought through a cut under his left eye to prevail 97-93, 97-93, 98-92.

Unbeaten WBC #6, WBA #7, IBF #9, WBO #9 super welterweight contender Carlos “El Caballo Bronco” Adames (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Frank “Notorious” Galarza (20-3-2, 12 KOs) in a bout for the NABF and NABO titles. Adames dropped Galarza with a left hook in round four and finished him with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:07.

Unbeaten middleweight sensation Edgar Berlanga (10-0, 10 KOs) needed just 46 seconds to stop veteran Samir Dos Santos (37-15-3, 26 KOs). Berlanga has now scored ten consecutive first-round knockouts to begin his pro career.

Two-time Olympian super welterweight Vikas “The Indian Tank” Krishan (2-0, 1 KO) scored an uneventful six round unanimous decision over Noah Kidd (3-2-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.

Super lightweight Larry Fryers (10-1, 3 KOs) outscored Dakota Polley (5-3, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Judges had it 60-53 across the board.

Bantamweight prospect Lawrence “BT” Newton (12-0, 7 KOs), a stablemate of Terence Crawford, outpointed Jonathan Garza (7-3, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Scores 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.


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