Lopez, Matias win on Friday Top Rank card
In the main event, lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez was taken the duration of a twelve round fight by Masayoshi Nakatani, from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The bout was tough. Lopez won the early rounds, Nakatani won some middle rounds, taking Lopez’s power well and outlanding him. The bout was open to interpretation with us favoring Lopez slightly after twelve.
The scores were very wide at 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109.
The win makes Teofimo Lopez the number one contender for IBF lightweight champion Richard Commey.
Super lightweight Subriel Matias (14-0 13KOs) got the biggest win of his career beating previously unbeaten Maxim Dadashev (13-1 11KOs) in a scheduled twelve round bout. Dadashev outboxed Matias early, but the constant pressure and inability to back up Matias along with Matias’ left hook to the body consistently landing was the difference.
In between the 11th and 12th round, Dadashev’s trainer, Buddy McGirt, stopped the fight in the corner on behalf of Dadashev.
With the win, Subriel Matias is now the number one contender the IBF super lightweight world title currently held by Josh Taylor who is awaiting a fight date to look to unify with WBA super lightweight world champ Regis Prograis. Matias awaits the winner
Middleweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison filled up most of the building in Washington D.C. and left the fans happy stopping Juan De Angel. Hernandez-Harrison is now with Lee Baxter Promotions and is looking to stay more active than ever.
Heavyweight Cassius Chaney picked up a stunning first-round knockout of Joel Caudle. Channey at one point knocked Caudle out of the ring.
Lightweight undefeated Rolando Vargas picked up a second-round knockout of previously unbeaten Nathaniel Lee Davis in a scheduled four-round bout.
Tyler McCreary, a young undefeated lightweight who at one time was signed to Roc Nation Sports, got a tough split decision win over Jessie Cris Rosales. The scores were 77-75, 75-77 and 78-74 with two of the three going to McCreary.
In the opening bout, 2012 Brazilian middleweight Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcao got an eighth-round technical knockout over Jesus Gutierrez.