By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
In the first televised bout from the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden, New York, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0 /12 by KO) scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2 / 16 by KO) to capture the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight championship belt.
Gvozdyk was in control throughout the bout against a game and tough Amar. The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 116-112, 118-110 … my scorecard 10 rounds to 2, 118-110, for the winner Gvozdyk.
The second TV bout was a exciting clash for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship, formerly held by Terence Crawford. Jose Ramirez (22-0 / 16 by KO) won a unanimous decision over Amir Imam (21-2 / 18 by KO).
This bout was pure action packed from beginning to end. It was a bout that reminded me the 2nd (1968) and 3rd (1969) fights between Ernie Red Lopez vs. Hedgemon Lewis. Like Lopez before him, Ramirez simply outworked the slick-piston-jabbing Iman with a stronger damaging punches.
The official judges scoring was: 120-108, 117-111, 115-113 … my scorecard 9 rounds to 3, 117-111, for the winner Ramirez.
In the nightcap, Michael Conlan (6-0 / 5 by KO) ended things early with a second round stoppage over David Berna (15-3 / 14 by KO).
Conlan dropped Berna with a tremendous body shot in the first round. The end came a minute into the second round as Conlan dropped Berna again and the referee wisely stoppage the onslaught.