By Xavier Porter | Brooklyn, NY | August 19, 2018

Tonight, in the main-event, fight fans witnessed a thrilling a heavyweight matchup where both fighters rose from canvass, giving it all they had, until the hometown favorite scored a highlight-reel TKO victory.

In the co-main event, fight fans were privy to witness another hometown favorite take one step closer towards fighting for a world title.

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Heavyweight – 12 Rounds (Vacant NABO and IBF International Heavyweight Titles)

Bryant Jennings, Philadelphia, PA (23-2, 13 KOs) vs. Alexander Dimitrenko, Hamburg, GER (41-3, 26 KOs)

When the bout began, the difference in power was evident as Dimitrenko landed thudding blows and imposed his will on the smaller Jennings.

In the third round, Dimitrenko landed a thunderous right hand, sending Jennings straight to the canvass. The Philadelphia heavyweight was hurt but he gathered himself and continued to fight on, eventually controlling the pace of the fight.

By round eight, Jennings had full control of the fight and began to batter Dimitrenko around the ring. Jennings landed a hard left hook, followed-up by a series of punches which sent Dimitrenko to the canvass. At that point it was the beginning of the end for the hard-punching.

It was apparent that Dimitrenko was extremely fatigued and when the ninth round began, Jennings went on the attack. Jennings, who landed two right uppercuts to score another knockdown, would go on to win the bout by TKO at 1:56.

With the victory, Jennings won the vacant IBF International and NABO heavyweight titles. Afterwards, Jennings shared his thoughts on the fight against the tough Dimitrenko:

“He was a big guy. He definitely had something with him. He came in shape. He had a full camp and he knew what he needed to do. He pretty much knew who he was fighting. This is just the beginning to something else. I’m going to keep climbing and keep progressing.”

Super Middleweight – 10 Rounds (NABF Super Middleweight Title)

Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, PA (24-1, 20 KOs) vs. Mike Gavronski, Tacoma, WA (24-2-1, 15 KOs)

Philadelphia’s Hart scored two knockdowns in the to quickly dispatch his opponent in front of in front of 2,543 fans at Ocean Resort Casino’s Ovation Hall, many of whom traveled from Philadelphia to the see the hometown favorite to notch another win on his record.

Hart is ranked number one in the United States and number seven in the world as the best Super Middleweight. Hart is determined to fight for a world title in what will be a defining moment in his career.

Jesse Hart:

“When I looked at his eyes after the first knockdown, he got real scared.”

“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.”

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Featherweight – 8 rounds

Shakur Stevenson, Newark, NJ (7-0, 4 KOs) vs. Carlos Ruiz, Mexico City, MEX 16-4-2, 6 KOs)

The Pride of Newark, NJ and 2016 USA Olympic Bronze Medalist defeated his opponent with supreme skill in a dominating performance.

Stevenson controlled the pace of the fight from beginning to the end as he outfoxed his opponent with lead jabs and straight left hands to both the head and body of Ruiz.

The southpaw Stevenson, who’s highly regarded as one of the best young fighters in boxing, showcased poised and maturity in facing a veteran of sixteen bouts.

Shakur Stevenson:

“He was a good opponent. He showed some tricks tonight, but I did what I needed to do to get the win. I saw everything that he was trying to use to beat me.”

“He was trying to counter me but he couldn’t land anything on me. I fought a disciplined fight. I followed my game plan and remained focused on coming away with the victory.”

“I plan to fight again this year, most likely in October. I am one of the best boxers in boxing and I will remain that way.”

Bantamweight – 8 rounds

Christian Carto, Philadelphia, PA (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Javier Gallo, Tijuana, MEX (25-15-1, 13 KOs)

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.

Christian Carto:

“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.”

Lightweight – 8 rounds

Jason Sosa, Camden, NJ (20-3-4, 15 KOs) vs. Reynaldo Blanco, Carolina, PR (14-4, 8 KOs)

With crowd chanting “SOSA”, the former WBA Super Featherweight Champion knocked down his opponent two times in the bout, including the eighth and final round.

With slugfest taking place at the end of the night, Sosa made sure to outpunch Blanco in a fight between two tough Puerto Rican fighters.

Sosa won via unanimous decision (78-70, 77-72, and 79-69).

Super Welterweight – 8 rounds

Thomas LaManna, Atlantic City, NJ (25-2-1, 9 KOs) vs. Matthew Strode, Marion, SC (25-6, 9 KOs)

LaManna, continued his winning ways defeating the durable Strode (79-71, 3x). LaManna used lateral movement, along with a stiff jab to dictate the pace of the fight.

As a fighter and boxing promoter, LaManna did not disappoint and now sets his sights on challenging for a world title within the 154lb division.

Super Featherweight – 6 rounds

Joseph Adorno, Allentown, PA (8-0, 8 KOs) vs. Agustine Mauras, Lawrence, MA (6-4-3, 3 KOs)

The heavy-handed Adorno scored a sensational first round knockout after landing a massive left hook against his opponent at 1:39 of the first round.

Adorno shared his thoughts on the bout, which ending in stunning fashion.

Joseph Adorno:

“I wanted to work and get some rounds in. I didn’t expect to score the knockout so soon in the first round, but I’m thankful for the win.”

“If a knockout presents itself during the fight, like it did, I am taking it. My opponent fought against other Olympians. He was actually a test for me.”

“I expect to be back in the ring this year, in October. I’m ready to face all fighters in my division (130lb). After that, I will be moving up to (135lb). I’m ready to take over the world.”

Heavyweight – 8 rounds

Oleksandr Teslenko, Toronto, CAN (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. Avery Gibson, Los Angeles, CA (9-8-4, 3 KOs)

In the opening bout, DiBella Entertainment’s Teslenko defeated Gibson via six round unanimous decision (58-55, 60-53, and 59-54). The undefeated fighter, by way of Toronto, dominated his opponent and now moves on to taking a step up in competition in his next fight.

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