Results from Donetsk, Ukraine, Delaware, USA & Galati, Romania
DONBASS ARENA, DONETSK, UKRAINE - Stanyslav Kashtanov 31-1 (17KO) knocked out Jaime Barboza 18-8 (8KO) in the tenth round in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Saturday evening.
The hometown favourite retained his interim WBA Super Middleweight title when he knocked Barboza down with a stunning right hook.
The Costa Rican removed his mouth guard before the referee reached the count of ten 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the tenth round.
Kashtanov, making his first defence, improved his record to 31-1 with 17 knockouts. Barboza’s fell to 18-8, including 8 wins inside the distance.
The champion won the title in November last year by beating Server Yemurlayev 22-1 (8KO) of Donetsk, Ukraine by unanimous decision.
The 29-year-old Ukrainian also knocked the 35-year-old Barboza down with a series of body blows near the end of the seventh round.
DELAWARE, USA - Several notable heavyweight fights took place on Friday evening. In Dover, Delaware, Amir Mansour remained undefeated after 19 bouts when he beat Maurice Harris on points.
Mansour, who had won 14 of his previous fights inside the distance, won 120-108 on two cards and 116-112. Harris dropped to 26-18-2, with 11 stoppage wins.
In a welterweight bout on the same card, Edgar Santana knocked out Luis Hernandez in the sixth round to improve to (28-49 19. Hernandez fell to 22-7; 15.
In Pennsylvania, Travis Kauffman beat Aaron Lyons 80-72, 78-74 and 77-75 over eight rounds, taking his record to 25-1, with 18 knockouts. Lyons now stands at 12-13-1; 9.
In Galati, Romania, Christian Hammer knocked out Leif Larsen in the seventh round of another heavyweight clash to retain his WBO European title on Friday evening. Hammer improved to 14-3, with 10 knockouts.
Larsen, whose record dropped to 17-2; 14, represented Norway in the shot-put at the world junior athletics championships in 1992 and ’94. He also competed at the European Under-23 athletics championships and was a more than useful javelin thrower.
The 38-year-old Larsen also played first-class American football, was a Norwegian judo champion and is said to be a good chess player and an immensely strong weightlifter.
One of his victories in the boxing ring was in a fight against British heavyweight title challenger Danny Williams less than two years ago.
Williams, who once beat Mike Tyson, fought on the same card as Larsen on Friday night. He lost in the fourth round to Marcin Rekowski, who is undefeated after ten professional fights; nine of which did not go the distance.
Williams dropped to 44-18, with 33 knockouts. At 40 years of age, and after losing eight fights in a row, he is ready to join the ranks of ex-boxers.