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Jennings gets off the floor to stop Dimitrenko, Hart KOs Gavronski

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank


Bryant “B.Y.” Jennings’ climb up the heavyweight ladder continued, as the Philadelphia native got up off the deck to knock out Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko to win the vacant IBF International and NABO heavyweight titles in front of 2,543 fans at Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall.
 
Jennings (24-2, 14 KOs) was knocked down with a big right hand in the fourth round, but rebounded to knock down Dimitrenko (41-4, 26 KOs) twice in the eighth round. An uppercut in the ninth round sent Dimitrenko to the canvas again, and referee Allen Huggins immediately called a halt to the contest, much to Dimitrenko’s chagrin.

 

"I was prepared for a tough 12 rounds," Jennings said. "I did what I had to do. I was in great shape. He’s a big dude. He’s not as slow as I thought. I made adjustments, and I got the job done."

 

Said Dimitrenko: "I wanted to continue the fight. I don’t know why the referee stopped it."

 

Jesse “Hollywood” Hart’s sledgehammer right hand spelled an early night for Mike Gavronski, as Hart notched a third-round stoppage in defense of his NABF super middleweight title. Hart knocked Gavronski down twice in the third round, with the official time of the stoppage coming at 52 seconds.

 

The WBO No. 1 contender, Hart (25-1, 21 KOs) was not shy about calling out Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez for a rematch. Ramirez won a closely contested unanimous decision against Hart in September 2017.

 

“When I looked at his eyes after the first knockdown, he got real scared," Hart said. "He started holding, grabbing. With a guy like that, he got real scared. He was fighting for survival. There’s a difference between fighting to win and fighting for survival.

 

"{Ramirez is} who I want. Give me a chance to redeem myself. He’s talking about going up to 175. Why? I’m right here! Come on, man. Stop with the excuses. I’m right here in front of you.”

 

 


2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson moved his record to 8-0 with an eight-round unanimous decision against the rugged Carlos Ruiz (16-5-2, 6 KOs). All three judges scored the bout a shutout, 80-72.

 

“It was a good performance against a tough guy," Stevenson said. "I did what I had to do and made it easy. He showed me some things in there. I boxed him and didn’t take any unnecessary chances. We’re looking forward to the next one.”

 

Joseph Adorno made it nine for nine, stopping Agustine Mauras at 1:39 of the opening round. Adorno (9-0, 9 KOs) has seven first-round knockouts in his young career.
 
“I’ve been working for five weeks. We had a great game plan,” Adorno said. “He’s gone the distance with tough fighters, and we knew it would be a tough fight. The hard work showed tonight.”

 

Philadelphia bantamweight prospect Christian Carto (16-0, 11 KOs) sent his large cheering section home happy, defeating Javier Gallo (25-16-1, 13 KOs) via unanimous decision in an eight-rounder by scores of 80-71, 80-72, and 79-73.

 

“I was looking for {the knockout}, but it didn’t come,” Carto said. “Next time, I need to set shots up instead of loading up on one big one.”

 

Atlantic City product Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (26-2-1, 9 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory in an eight-round super welterweight bout against Matthew Strode. All three judges scored the bout 79-71. 

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Oleksandr Teslenko (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a first-round knockdown en route to a six-round unanimous decision (60-53, 59-54, and 58-55) against Avery Gibson (9-9-4, 3 KOs).

Former 130-pound champion Jason Sosa (21-3-4, 15 KOs) got back in the win column with a unanimous decision against Reynaldo Blanco (14-5, 8 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Sosa knocked down Blanco twice in the eighth round and prevailed by scores of 78-70, 77-72, and 79-69. 



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