Undefeated Welterweight prospect Custio Clayton successfully made the first defense of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) Welterweight champion by scoring a dominant eighth round knockout over veteran Diego Ramirez on Tuesday night at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Canada. Clayton applied a systematic approach from the outset gradually walking Ramirez down, but picking his shots. The consistent theme of the fight was Clayton walking Ramirez back on the ropes, throwing short combinations and stepping back just out of range where Ramirez could not return offense. An overall accumulation of punishment highlighted by several body punches set up the eventual knockout of Ramirez as a result of a jab to the solar plexus sending Ramirez down and out along the ropes at :26 of round eight. Custio Clayton advances to 18-0, with 12 Knockouts. Diego Ramirez falls to 21-4, with 6 Knockouts.
Middleweight contender Steve Rolls scored a fourth round knockout over late substitute Gilberto Dos Santos. Rolls, who was returning to the ring for the first time since suffering s knockout loss to Gennady Golovkin in June of last year, chose to return to the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division for his comeback fight. Dos Santos did not offer much resistance and it looked for a time as though Rolls could have boxed his way to a decision win if he wanted. Rolls however, would gradually increase his offensive output and had success landing uppercuts and body shots in round three. Dos Santos ultimately succumbed to a barrage of punches that sent him down in Rolls’ corner and was counted out at 2:00 of round four. Steve Rolls advances to 20-1, with 11 Knockouts. Gilberto Dos Santos falls to 16-11, with 12 Knockouts.
Also in the Middleweight division undefeated prospect Hurshidbek Normatov scored an eight round unanimous decision over Uriel Hernandez. Normatov was in control from start to finish and nearly ended the fight in round seven when he knocked Hernandez down with a body shot. Official scores were: 80-71 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Normatov. Hurshidbek Normatov advances to 9-0, with 3 Knockouts. Uriel Hernandez falls to 13-6, with 7 Knockouts.
In a battle for the Women’s Canadian Jr. Featherweight championship, undefeated contender Amanda Galle scored a dominant eight round unanimous decision over current Women’s Canadian Bantamweight champion Shelly Barnett. From the opening bell, Galle attacked Barnett with combination punching from every conceivable angle. Although Barnett was unable to time Galle’s hand speed, she never stopped coming forward, despite taking significant punishment throughout. Official scores were: 80-72 (On all three scorecards) for Galle. Despite her victory, Galle was unable to win the championship due to weighing over the 122lb. Jr. Featherweight limit. Amanda Galle advances to 4-0, with 0 Knockouts. Shelly Barnett falls to 4-3-2, with 0 Knockouts.
This card, which was the first in the popular Broadway Boxing series promoted by 2020 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Lou DiBella, to take place in Canada served as a showcase for three fighters at similar stages in their respective careers. Whether or not Custio Clayton, Steve Rolls, and Amanda Galle all find themselves fighting for world championships in the near future remains to be seen. If each can continue to perform impressively against further competition, it may only be a question of when and not if each will be challenging for a world championship.
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