Both fighters performed well and were eager to mix it up, but it was Berto who landed the more solid blows, scoring to both the head and body. Still, Zaveck kept coming forward and landed some solid shots of his own against the former WBC 147 lb. titlist, keeping the fight close through five.
However, in the last part of the fifth round, Zaveck’s face began showing signs of the heavy leather landed, bearing a badly swollen right eye and a cut over the left. Before the start of the sixth round, the ringside physician recommended ending the fight due to Zaveck’s impaired vision.
On the televised undercard, featherweight prospect, Gary Russell Jr. cruised to a one-sided unanimous eight round decision over once well-regarded Mexican, Leonilo Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs).
Miranda represented the stiffest test of Russell’s young career, but the eight-rounder didn’t look much different from Russell’s previous mismatches against club-level opposition. Russell did what he wanted, when he wanted, and had little problem dealing with his foe, winning each round on The Boxing Tribune’s scorecard and topping his rival on the judges’ scorecards by marks of 80-72, 80-72, and 79-72.
On the off-TV undercard, South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen (16-0-1, 11 KOs) won a unanimous 12-round decision over Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-4, 11 KOs) with three scores of 117-111.
Former junior welterweight titlist, Randall Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) beat journeyman, Yoryi Estrella (10-6-2, 7 KOs) via 10-round one-sided unanimous decision by scores of 100-89, 100-89, and 98-91.
Also, Puerto Rican featherweight prospect, Luis Orlando Del Valle (14-0, 11 KOs) stopped journeyman, Anthony Napunyi (14-11, 7 KOs) in the third round of their scheduled eight.
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