The stage was set for the finals of the Boxcino Lightweight tournament when Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 16 KOs) and Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KOs) won their semi-final bouts last night at the Four Bears Casino in North Dakota.
Carcamo upset Miguel Gonzalez (23-4, 16 KOs) via split decision in ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” opening bout. The 23-year-old created enough separation from the smothering Gonzalez to consistently land power shots to his head and body. The fight appeared to be over in round one when Carcamo landed a huge left hook which sent Gonzalez’s head violently backwards, as his body leaned on the ropes. It looked as if the referee was waving the fight off; instead he gave Gonzalez a standing eight count as Carcamo prematurely celebrated. At the end of eight rounds the judges scored the fight 77-75, 78-74 and 76-76.
In the main event, Petrov broke down American Chris Rudd (13-2, 8 KOs) to score a TKO in round four. From the start, the Russian relentlessly pressured Rudd and used his leverage to dig to his taller foe’s body. Rudd attempted to use his legs and jab to keep Petrov at bay, but instead was continuously hit with leaping left hooks and overhand rights. In round three, Rudd tried to flurry his way out of trouble, but Petrov delivered the harder blows and got the better of the exchanges. The ref stopped the bout at the 2:11 mark in the fourth, after Petrov landed multiple unanswered punches as Rudd sat on the ropes.
On May 23, the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York will play host to the Petrov-Carcamo lightweight final, which will also air live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”.