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Friday Night Fights results (April 18, 2014): Monroe and Adams advance to Boxcino final

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Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr won their Boxcino semifinal tournament bouts tonight, advancing to the May 23 final on ESPN2.

Willie Monroe Jr and Brandon Adams will meet in the Boxcino middleweight final on May 23 following a pair of solid wins tonight in eight-round semifinal bouts.

Adams (14-0, 9 KO) beat Ray Gatica on scores of 78-74, 78-74, and 75-77 for a split decision, which was pretty silly, but that's boxing for you. There's no good argument, I don't believe, for Gatica (14-3, 9 KO) to have won the fight. Teddy Atlas had his signature panic attack about it.

In the night's second contest, Monroe (17-1, 6 KO) outclassed Vitaliy Kopylenko (23-1, 13 KO), winning on scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74. BLH had it 79-73 for Monroe, who looked like he should be the favorite going into the final bout in May, but it's close to a pick'em, at least in my view.

In the night's opening fight, heavyweight Nate Heaven (9-0, 7 KO) knocked out Donovan Dennis (9-1, 8 KO) at the end of the opening round with a short, brutal right hand that will be in the running for Knockout of the Year.