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Barker decisions Geale in thriller, Kovalev TKO's Cleverly

England’s Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight titleholder Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) of Australia with a 12-round split decision at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The bout was action-packed with the fighters often exchanging vicious blows in the middle of the ring. In the sixth round Geale scored a knockdown with a hard shot to Barker’s solar plexus. Barker recovered and demonstrated much heart, momentarily hurting Geale later in the round. The second half of the fight was competitive like the earlier rounds but Barker outworked Geale, throwing more and usually landing the harder shots. One judge scored it 114-113 for Geale, while the other two had it 114-113 and 116-111 for Barker.

In a light heavyweight title fight in Cardif, Wales, Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) defeated Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) by TKO in the fourth round to become the WBO champion. Cleverly, who hails from Wales, was knocked down twice and hurt badly in the third, barely surviving the round. The referee called a halt to the action 21 seconds into the fourth round.

In 122-pound undercard action in Atlantic City, Kiko Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) used relentless pressure and power shots to wear down Jhonatan Romero (23-1, 12 KOs) en route to a sixth round TKO victory. Romero had his moments in the exciting IBF super bantamweight title fight as he occasionally landed lighting quick combos to the head and body. The ref stopped the fight 2:40 into the sixth when Romero was pinned to a corner.

On HBO Latino, Thomas Dulorme (19-1, 14 KOs) outclassed Francisco Figueroa (20-5, 15 KOs) for 8 rounds before winning by TKO in round 8. Dulorme knocked down Figueroa in the fifth.

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