Contender stars Khytrov and Walker stop foes

Two participants from the last season of “The Contender” tournament, Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov and Eric “The Baby Faced Assassin” Walker were victorious in separate bouts on Thursday night at the Monroeville Convention Center, in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Now fighting at super middleweight, Khytrov (19-2, 16 KOs) chopped down 6’3 Gabriel Pham (11-2, 5 KOs) in six rounds. Khytrov knocked down Pham three times with body shots in round six to end it. Time was 2:38.

Now fighting at junior middleweight, Walker (19-2, 2 KOs) won by fourth round TKO over Jose Antonio “Bachata” Abreu (14-6, 8 KOs). Walker was declared the winner when Abreu couldn’t continue due to a hand injury. Time was 1:28.

Welterweight Ivan “The Volk” Golub (17-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Joaquim Carneiro (25-11, 23 KOs). Golub dropped Carneiro in round five with a body and the bout was quickly waved off. Time was 1:52.

Unbeaten junior welterweight Victor Padilla (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Benjamin Borteye (4-8, 4 KOs). Padilla rocked Borteye and got a quick referee’s stoppage after 72 seconds.

Undefeated heavyweight Mike Balogun (14-0, 10 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Ed Fountain (12-6, 5 KOs). Former NFL player Balogun was dropped in round one, but took over the rest of the fight. Scores were 77-74, 77-74, 78-73.

Local lightweight Bill Hutchinson improved to 17-4-2 with 6 KOs after a third-round stoppage of Charlie Serrano (16-5-2, 5 KOs).

Heavyweight Bob Weisen (1-0) made his pro debut a successful one, winning a four-round split decision against Dennis Vance (1-1, 1 KO). Scorecards read 40-36 each way, and 39-37 Weisen.

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