Cruiserweight prospect Lateef Kayode was impressive in scoring a sixth round knockout over Ed Perry. (Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime).
Lateef Kayode KO6 Ed Perry - This one seemed to have walkover written all over it, but while Kayode was mostly dominant, Perry remained competitive at times and let it turn into a real fight. Perry, who has fought a significant chunk of his career at heavyweight but had never been knocked down, showed a willingness to eat a punch here or there to wing some big shots of his own, a number of which landed. Overall, Kayode was the much quicker and more well-rounded offensive fighter, showing off an ever-improving jab and decent combination punching. Still, he showed some defensive flaws (though with a good enough chin to handle it) and threw a lot of his punches too wide. While Perry isn't the world's greatest opponent, this is the kind of fight that showed serious improvement overall, and he's starting to look like a legitimate world class contender. After forcing Perry to take a knee with body shots in the 4th, he knocked Perry out with a hard combination in the 6th, the damage mostly coming from a digging left hook to the ribcage.
Luis Franco DQ8 Eric Hunter - Franco consistently outworked Hunter all night, and was much more accurate. Hunter's general response was to go all Anthony Peterson on him, landing low blows in pretty much every round. In the eighth round, after more than ample warning, Hunter was finally disqualified. Former Cuban amateur star Franco moves to 8-0.
Kendall Holt, originally reported to be fighting on the undercard, did not make his first appearance under the Gary Shaw banner.
David Lemieux TKO2 Purnell Gates - While this was an untested opponent taking a fight on short notice, Lemieux at least held up his end of the bargain, keeping Gates under constant pressure and finishing him quickly. In the second round, Gates's corner stopped the fight after Lemieux knocked him down twice.
Renan St. Juste KO2 Sebastien Demers - Well, put a fork in former title challenger Demers. His last time out, he was knocked out in three by Bryan Vera, and this time he gets knocked out one round earlier by fellow Canadian St. Juste.
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Lukas Konecny UD12 Hamlet Petrosyan - Taking a stay busy fight leading up to his title eliminator against Ryan Rhodes, Konecny dominated Petrosyan over 12 rounds. As usual, Konecny came forward behind a tight guard and voluminous punching to easily take the decision.
Haxhi Krasniqi UD8 Jindrich Velecky - The light-hitting Albanian has now won 33 fights in a row, after losing two of his first three. Maybe it will be time for him to finally take a step up in class soon.
Dionisio Miranda SD12 LaJuan Simon - Miranda claimed a regional title, and likely a top 15 WBC ranking, in defeating Simon, who had stayed competitive with Arthur Abraham and Sebastian Sylvester before recently beating Elvin Ayala. Miranda's only a step above a journeyman, having been knocked out by Roman Karmazin, Renan St. Juste and Giovanni Lorenzo. This next crop of middleweight prospects moving up the ladder can't move quickly enough.
Noe Bolanos TKO5 Gilberto Gonzalez - Recent whipping boy Bolanos scored his second upset victory in a row, knocking out a minor trinket holder in the fifth round. Credit to Gonzalez - he took the fight on less than a week's notice to get the TV date after Pablo Cesar Cano pulled out, but evidently the conditioning just wasn't there.
Charles Huerta UD8 Arturo Camargo - Huerta dropped journeyman Camargo twice, and that turned out to be the difference. Depending on how things go from here, Huerta might be the first Fight Night Club fighter to pay dividends - after going 3-1 on the show in mostly close, exciting fights, he's built up enough of a name at this point that he can probably be legitimately used to help fill out minor undercards like this one.