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Hart victorious against Barrera

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Hart victorious against Barrera

Jesse “Hollywood” Hart (26-2, 21 KOs), in his light heavyweight debut, bested longtime contender Sullivan Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision (99-90, 97-92, 96-93) to thrust himself squarely in the world title picture. Hart was hurt at the end of the fourth round, but he recovered to knockdown Barrera in the eighth round.

It was a rugged, rather sloppy fight, as Hart’s activity was the difference.

“I don’t take nothing away from Sullivan Barrera, but I hurt my hand in the seventh round,” Hart said. “I had one hand. My right hand was completely shot. After I hurt him and dropped him, I couldn’t really finish him. That’s why you saw the left hook come. As you can see, I can punch with both hands. I take my hat off to him. He came to fight.”


In other action rounding out the Fury-Schwarz card:

Female fighting sensation Mikaela Mayer (11-0, 4 KOs ) moved closer to a world title shot, pulling away down the stretch to defeat Lizbeth Crespo (13-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92) in a 10-round super featherweight bout. Mayer represented the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I am ready for a world title fight next,” Mayer said. “It’s time for the champions to step up and get in the ring with me.”

In a battle of unbeaten fighters, Albert Bell (15-0, 5 KOs) won the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight belt with a 10-round unanimous decision over Andy Vences (22-1-1, 12 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 97-93 for Bell, a Toledo native competing in his first 10-rounder.

“I worked so hard for this. In my first 10-rounder, I went out there and put my undefeated record on the line against a top guy,” Bell said post-fight. “You don’t see that too much anymore. I’ve been counted out, and this shows that I’m a fighter to be taken seriously at 130 pounds.”


Isaac Lowe (18-0-3, 6 KOs), a stablemate of Fury’s, defended his WBC International featherweight belt with a unanimous decision over Duarn Vue (14-2-2, 4 KOs).

“This was a great experience. Look at me, 25 years old, fighting in Las Vegas on the undercard of the big fellow,” Lowe said after the fight. “I hurt my right hand in the fourth round, so I was limited as to what I could do in there. But we got the job done, and we’re going to go back to the drawing board and see what it is next.”


Heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (4-0, 4 KOs) made quick work of Keenan Hickman (6-4-1, 2 KOs), scoring a trio of knockdowns in the second round to secure the TKO.

German heavyweight prospect Peter Kadiru (4-0, 1 KO) cruised to a shutout decision victory (40-36 3x) over Juan Torres (3-2-1, 1 KO) in a four-round action.

Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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