(JAN 16) Several
entertaining fights highlighted the untelevised undercard for
two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defense of her
WBC and IBF titles against mandatory challenger Tori Nelson at
the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York on Friday,
January 12, 2018.
In the main supporting bout, Detroit via Kurchaloi, Russia,
heavyweight Apti Davtaev had a successful United States fighting
debut by scoring a six-round unanimous decision over
Philadelphia's Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson.
Wilson didn't make it easy. Fighting out of a crouch, the
heavily muscled, but much shorter Wilson came up with enough
wild haymakers to make the entire fight very interesting.
Davtaev appears to have a heavy right hand, which he dropped
onto the hard head of Wilson often enough to earn the close, but
deserved nod. Davtaev warrants credit for going to war whenever
one of Wilson's looping swings connected.
Davtaev (now 14-0-1, 13 KOs) loses his perfect KO percentage,
but walks away with a hard-fought victory over a foe who came to
win. Wilson is now (18-14-1, 9 KOs). The scores were 58-56
from all three judges.
An accidental headbutt brought an abbreviated end to the
six-round super lightweight return of Aktjubinsk, Kazakhstan's
In against Lynchburg, Virginia's Maurice Chalmers (14-13-1, 8
KOs), the exciting slugger Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) was advancing
behind active head movement and a tight shell when his head
collided with the retreating Chalmers'. The cut that resulted
was ruled too severe and the fight was ruled a No Decision at
1:59 of the opening round.
In a wild women's light heavyweight brawl featuring fists flying
from every direction, wrestling holds and several MMA-style
takedowns, Franchon "The Heavy Hitting Diva" Crews-Dezurn won a
unanimous six-round decision over Tiffany "The Terminator"
Crews-Dezurn, now 3-1, 1 KO, of Baltimore, Maryland, had too
many weapons for Wilson, North Carolina's Woodard (now 4-10-3, 3
KOs), so Woodard tried and succeeded to make things ugly. What
followed was a wild punch-out featuring elbows and headlocks and
takedowns that left both on the canvas more than once.
Woodard took a lot of hard leather and deserves credit for her
toughness. Crews-Dezurn showed class in not taking the bait for
most of the fight. She did lose a point in the sixth for a
sneaky revenge takedown. The scores were 59-53,
59-54 and 59-54.
Detroit via Magnitogorsk, Russia's Alexey Zubov outworked a
determined Lamont "Too Smooth" Capers of Hawley, Pennsylvania,
on his way to a six-round majority decision.
An entertaining fight between hard-nosed cruiserweights, Zubov
was cut over the right eye and took some good punches, but
simply outworked the more selective Capers. Zubov showed his
often-superior conditioning and worked behind an educated jab,
while Capers was content to lay on the ropes and land hard pot
shots often enough to keep it interesting.
A score of 57-57 draw was over-ruled by scores 59-56 and 58-56
for the tough Russian. With the victory, Zubov moves his record
to 17-1, 9 KOs. Capers falls to 8-11-3.