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  "Mean Machine" Kavaliauskas KO's Zewski

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


The main event in the Las Vegas Bubble featured two hard hitting Welterweights who were looking to take a huge step forward with a victory. The likelihood of this one going the distance was minimal. Both Egidijus Kavaliauskas (22-1-1, 18 KOs) and Mikael Zewski (34-2, 23 KOs) were coming into the fight with only one loss a piece, the winner here would certainly put himself in line for a World Title.

The fight was a classic Chess match of hard hitters in the opening rounds. The fighters took turns landing power shots as they tried to gain the upper hand. Zewski had Kavaliauskas swelling up under his right eye and even staggered him in round five. That may have woken the fighter up because after that he slowly started to break Zewski down. The tide was quietly turning.

Kavaliauskas had a big seventh round that saw him landing sharp punches to the body and head of Zewski. The as if he set a trap Kavaliauskas hit Zewski with an upper as he lunged in. That punch sent Zewski reeling and before the round was over he went down for an eight count. He was in trouble.

Not wasting a moment of time Kavaliauskas jumped on his injured prey immediately in round eight. Before the round was eight seconds old the ref stepped in and brought a halt to the battle. Kavaliauskas KOs Zewski in impressive fashion as he snagged both the Vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas Welter Title & World Boxing Organization NABO Welter Title.

Officially give Kavaliauskas the TKO at the :08 mark of round eight.

After the fight Mean Machine stated, I was controlling the fight. I was never in danger. I was never hurt. I wanted to knock him out faster, but it happened this way. You can never count on the knockout. I was working. I was putting pressure on him. I saw him slowing down round by round. I saw him getting weaker and weaker. I was just blocking his punches and not feeling his power. I dont think {Terence} Crawford has any other choices at welterweight. I can ask his team, with all due respect, to give me a rematch because these guys have no opponents yet.

Featherweight Miguel Marriaga (29-4, 25 KOs) had his hands more than full when he faced the determined Joet Gonzalez (24-1, 14 KOs). In the early goings of the fight it looked like it was going to be an even fight but with each passing round Gonzalez was getting stronger and Marriaga was wilting.

Coming off a loss to Shakur Stevenson it was Joets plan to show he belonged in the title picture. With the dominant performance he indeed did that. Final scores read 97-93 and 99-91 twice all in favor of Gonzalez. With the victory Joet grabs the vacant WBO Intercontinental Featherweight Title

On his victory Joet stated, It was what I expected. He was a tough guy. Hes been in there with three world champions. He tried to make a last run for it, so I expected the best Marriaga because he knows his time was cut short. I expected the best Marriaga, and he put up a good fight. This puts me back in the position I want to be. I wanted to be back in with tough guys. I told my manager, Frank Espinoza, and my team at Golden Boy that I didnt want no tune-up fights. I wanted to show people that I could compete with the top guys and be in with heavy hitters and boxers and compete for another title real soon. I want another world title shot. I think Ive earned it.

Featherweights Aleem Jumakhonov (9-3-2, 5 KOs) and Jorge Ramos (7-3-1, 4 KOs) took this one into a phone booth and over the course of the fight Jumakhonov was landing right hands at will. After a huge right in round three Ramos crumbled to the deck, as he sat up he looked to his corner and shook his head in the negative. He did not beat the ten count thereafter. Give this one to Jumakhonov via KO at the 2:08 mark of round three.

It was a battle of dueling knockdowns in this entertaining Super featherweight scrap. Anthony Chavez (9-1, 3 KOs) Adan Gonzales (5-4-2, 2 KOs) both hit the deck but it was a headbutt that put Chavez down in round one and that turned out to be the difference in this hard fought battle. Chavez took the unanimous decision on all cards 58-55 across the board.

Bantamweight Manuel Flores (9-0, 6 KOs) dropped Jonathan Rodriguez (8-1, 3 KOs) and then went on to stop him in round five of a scheduled six round affair. This was a battle of undefeated prospects that proved to be a good fan friendly fight. In round five Flores rocked Rodriguez and after a series of unanswered blows followed the ref was left no choice but to stop the fight at the 1:11 mark.

Lightweight Eric Puente (4-0) looked spectacular in this opening bout versus Luis Norambuena (4-6-1). Puente worked behind a good jab and nice foot movement as he dominated a rugged Norambuena. After four round the judges gave Puente the unanimous nod 39-37 and 40-36 x 2.


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