“He wasn’t easy for me,” said Kovalev. “He was a difficult target. I saw he was wobbling after I landed and I wanted to finish the fight early.”
Kovalev is now 20-0-1 with 18 knockouts. Campillo is 21-5-1 (8). “It’s an important win,” Kovalev said. “We’ll see what comes next.”
Curtis Stevens of Brooklyn, N.Y. won the vacant North American Boxing Federation middleweight title with a first-round stoppage of Elvin Ayala of New Haven, Conn.
Stevens, 23-3 (17), dropped Ayala twice in the first round, both times with left hooks. A hard left hook to the head put Ayala on the canvas. Ayala got up, was a little shaky and referee Tony Chiarantano allowed the fight to continue. Stevens resumed his attack and dropped Ayala again with a left to the body and Chiarantano stopped the fight at 1:10.
“Usually I stalk,” said Stevens. “I saw him overcommit with the right hand and I just sat in the bucket.”
After Stevens jumped up on a corner post to celebrate, a fan jumped in the ring and pulled him down. A brief dustup ensued with several people jumping into the ring before security restored order.
“I don’t know what happened,” Stevens said. “I felt somebody pulling on my shoulders and they didn’t let go. It’s boxing. It’s emotional.” Ayala dropped to 26-6-1 (12).
Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Conn. made his junior middleweight debut with a fourth round knockout against Noel Garcia of Springfield, Mass. Williams knocked out Garcia with a right uppercut and a left hook at 39 seconds of the fourth round. Chiarantano waved off a count. Garcia dropped to 2-16-2 (1).
Debuting Edwin Cotto of Willimantic, Conn. stopped Ian James of Brooklyn, N.Y. in the final round of a scheduled four-rounder at lightweight. Referee Michael Ortega stopped the fight 18 seconds into the fourth. James dropped to 2-5-1 (1).
Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, Fla. stopped Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I. in the final round of a scheduled eight-round super middleweight bout. Upshaw dropped Biosse with a right hand with a minute left in the eighth. Biosse got up but after a few more shots from Upshaw, Tony Chiarantano stopped the fight at 2:25. Upshaw rises to 15-8-2 (7); Biosse is now 14-2-1 (7). Upshaw also dropped Biosse in the fifth round and was ahead 68-64 (twice) and 67-65 at the time of the stoppage.
Jason Sosa of Camden, N.J. stopped Chip Perez of East Hartford, Conn. in the fourth round of a scheduled six at super featherweight. Sosa, 8-1-3 (4), dropped Perez with a right hand followed by a left hook in the final minute of the fourth round. Perez, 10-2 (3), got up but was on wobbly legs, prompting referee Johnny Callas to stop the fight at the 2:10 mark.
In a four-round heavyweight bout, Jarrell Miller of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Joey Dawejko of Philadelphia fought to a four-round draw. All three judges scored the bout 37-37 with two points deducted from Miller. Dawejko is 7-1-2 (3); Miller is 4-0-1 (4).
Bantamweight Shelito Vincent of New London, Conn. outpointed Nydia Feliciano of the Bronx, N.Y. in a six-rounder. The scores were 58-56 (twice) and 59-55. Vincent is 7-0; Feliciano is 5-4-3.
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