Photos: Emily Harney
Fast-tracking WBA Intercontinental super welterweight champion Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4 KOs) impressively stopped Alejandro Barrera (29-6, 18 KOs) in round five in Saturday night’s Golovkin-Derevyanchenko co-feature at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Madrimov dropped Barrera almost immediately in round one and then battered Barrera until the bout was halted. Time was 2:36.
Former IBF super lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over Gabriel Bracero (25-4-1, 6 KOs) to claim the WBA Intercontinental title. Baranchyk punished Bracero from the opening round. Bracero finally went down in round four and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:30.
The pro debut of much-hyped 2016 Olympian light heavyweight “Mighty” Joe Ward didn’t go as planned. Ward stepped on opponent Marco Delgado’s foot in round two and awkwardly crumpled to the canvas grotesquely dislocating his left knee. Delgado gets the win to go to 6-1, 5 KOs.
Unbeaten WBC International silver super middleweight titlist Ali Akhmedov (16-0, 12 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to take out Andrew Hernandez (20-8-2, 9 KOs). A right hand put down Hernandez and the bout was quickly waved off.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Brian Ceballo (11-0, 6 KOs) beat Ramal Amanov (16-1, 5 KOs) by third round TKO. Amanov gave indications that he didn’t wish to continue. Time 1:20.
Middleweight Kamil Szeremeta 21-0, 5 KOs) crushed Oscar Cortes (27-5, 14 KOs) in the second round. Cortes down twice. Time was :45.
Super middleweight Nikita Ababiy (7-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Isiah Seldon (13-3-1, 4 KOs) in the first round.