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Friday Night Fights Results (2015-1-16): Monroe dominates Vera to take unanimous decision

All of your results for this edition of ESPN's Friday Night Fights, featuring an exciting ten round battle between Boxcino winner Willie Monroe and the always fun Bryan Vera.

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ESPN continued the momentum of last week's Friday Night Fights with another thrilling fight card.

The event was headlined by Willie Monroe and Bryan Vera. Monroe (19-1, 6 KO) won ESPN's first Boxcino tournament last year, but had been inactive in the ten months since. Vera (23-9, 14 KO), on the other hand, is probably best known for his two losses to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, the first of which was highly controversial, and the second considerably less so. Vera was also knocked out by Gabe Rosado in a BKB event a few months ago, meaning that, depending on the value you place on novelty pit boxing, he was riding a three-fight losing streak coming into tonight's bout.

Monroe swept the first three rounds easily, but in the fourth he showed a strange willingness to stand, with his back on the ropes, and let Vera go to town on his ribs. This happened throughout the fight, with Monroe taking the first two minutes of a round off, only to win the final minute resoundingly. For the most part, it was enough, but he gave up a handful of rounds as a result of these spells of inactivity. Fortunately for Monroe, Vera is not a very good in-fighter, while Monroe is a very capable out-fighter. Monroe landed with ease when he wanted to, and got a well-deserved nod from all three judges.

Willie Monroe defeats Bryan Vera by Unanimous Decision (98-91, 97-92, 99-90)

Bad Left Hook had it 97-92 for Monroe.

Brandon Adams squared off against Lekan Byfield in the second bout of the night. From the early going it was clear that Adams (15-1, 10 KO) had a considerable power advantage over his Jamaican opponent. Byfield (6-7-2, 1 KO), for his part, showed grit in getting up off the canvas three times, but that's all that can be said for his performance. He threw himself off balance with every movement he made, and Adams picked up the openings with a quickness, landing hard, accurate right hands until the referee wisely called off the bout in round two.

The win puts Adams into the semi-finals of ESPN's second Boxcino tournament.

Brandon Adams defeats Lekan Byfield by TKO, Round 2.

The curtain jerkers for tonight's card jerked the curtain in profoundly entertaining fashion. Welterweights Cornelius Whitlock and Greg Jackson spent the first round feeling one another out, in what seemed to be shaping up to be an interesting if mostly sedate bout. Suddenly near the end of round two, Jackson (4-1-1, 2 KO) strode into the pocket a little too confidently--and Whitlock had a beautiful overhand right waiting for him. Whitlock (3-2-2, 2 KO) did his best to finish Jackson, but the Philly fighter recovered miraculously, and came back to force a referee stoppage in the very next round, battering Whitlock with a barrage of punches against the ropes.

Greg Jackson defeats Cornelius Whitlock by TKO, Round 3.

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