Neck-biter gets the boot
An American heavyweight was disqualified for biting his opponent during an eventful weekend of boxing.
A former Olympic Games heavyweight medallist racked up his 24th knockout win in 24 professional bouts and there was, as always, hot action in Mexico.
In Atlanta, Georgia, Giorbis Barthelemy pulled out a Mike Tyson stunt when he bit Grady Brewer. The referee immediately disqualified him.
Brewer moved his record to 30-14, with 16 knockouts, when Barthelemy (25-10-2; 10) bit him during a clinch in the fifth round of their fight for the IBO intercontinental junior middleweight title.
Barthelemy started well and dropped Brewer in the third round before the biting incident that ended the bout.
In Mobile, Alabama, Deonte Wilder stopped Kertson Manswell in the first round of a heavyweight fight that lasted only 2 minutes and 10 seconds. It was Wilder’s 24th knockout in 24 fights.
Wilder was a bronze medallist at the 2008 Olympic Games. Manswell’s record now stands at 22-6; 17.
On the same programme, junior middleweight Dmitriy Salita moved to 34-1-1; 18 when he stopped Roberto Valenzuela (65-63-2; 54) in the fourth round.
Puerto Rican featherweight Jayson Velez (19-0; 14) knocked out Leivi Brea (18-10-3; 9) in the sixth round.
CLASSY CASIMERO RETAINS HIS BELT
John Riel Casimero retained his IBF junior flyweight title by beating Pedro Guevara in Mexico on Saturday night.
The champion, who is from the Philippines, won on a split decision – 116-111 and 114-113 on two cards against 114-113 for Guevara, who was fighting in his hometown, Mazatlan, in the state of Sinaloa.
Guevara, whose record dropped to 18-1-1, with 13 knockouts, fought back from a first-round knockdown and turned the bout into a closely fought contest.
However, the stronger and more aggressive Casimero kept his nose ahead by scoring with the cleaner punches to improve his record to 17-2, including 10 knockouts.
On the same card, another Mexican, Arturo Santos, improved to 12-2; 4 when he beat Khabir Suleymanov (13-3; 6) to win the vacant WBF super-bantamweight title. All three judges scored it 116-110.
In Las Vegas, American Diego Magdaleno remained undefeated at 23-0, with 8 knockouts, when he stopped Antonio Davis (29-7; 14) in the fourth round.
Magdaleno is the NABF super-featherweight champion and ranked No 2 by the WBA and WBC. Veteran referee Joe Cortez stopped the fight 2 minutes 59 seconds into the fourth round when Davis was not fighting back after taking a barrage of punches.
Welterweight Jose Benevidez Jr improved to 16-0; 13 when he stopped Javier Loya (7-1; 6) after a minute and 41 seconds of the fourth round.
In Tokyo, former WBA super-bantamweight champion Akifumi Shimoda beat Richard Betos of the Philippines in a featherweight bout over ten rounds – 100-86, 100-87 and 100-88.
Shimoda improved to 26-3-1; 11 and Betos dropped to 19-6-1; 7.