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Lopez, Matias Wins Title Elimination Bouts; Local Boxers Perform Well at MGM Casino

A combination of highly-touted boxing contenders and local prospects generated a quality Top Rank Promotions card at MGM National Harbor Casino in Oxon Hill, MD.  A spirited crowd of 2,100 saw some very competitive action.

In the main event, lightweight Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez of Brooklyn, NY won a 12-round unanimous decision over Masayoshi Nakatani of Osaka, Japan in an IBF Elimination bout. Judges David Braslow and Larry Hazzard, Jr. saw the bout 118-110 while judge Bernard Bruni scored the contest 119-109. Lopez remains undefeated at 14-0, 11 KO’s while Nakatani falls to 18-1, 12 KO’s.

In the co-feature contest, lightweight Subriel Matias of Fajardo, Puerto Rico won by TKO when his opponent, Maxim Dadashev of Oxnard, CA could not come off his stool before the 12th and final round. The bout was an IBF Lightweight Elimination contest.

After the bout, Dadashev had to be rushed to a nearby hospital after vomiting and being unable to return to his dressing room.  Dadashev lost consciousness in the ambulance and was taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center for emergency surgery.  According to reports, Dadashev was eventually put into a medically-induced coma before passing away on Tuesday, July 23 from injuries he suffered in the TKO loss.  He was 28 years old.

Washington, DC middleweight fan-favorite Dusty Hernandez Harrison scored a seventh-round TKO over Juan De Angel of Barranquilla, Colombia. In the seventh round, Harrison was able to follow his left jab with a crushing straight right hand that sent De Angel to his knees. De Angel beat referee Dave Braslow’s count but was in no condition to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:37. Harrison remains undefeated at 33-0-1, 19 KO’s. De Angel falls to 21-12-1, 19 KO’s.

Milwaukee, WI lightweight prospect Rolando Vargas scored a second-round TKO over Nathaniel “ASAP” Davis of Lusby, MD. The two boxers traded powerful shots in the first round but in the second, Vargas increased the pressure and Davis wilted. Davis never went down, but referee David Braslow saw enough to stop the bout at 1:50. Vargas is 3-0, three KO’s while Davis is 1-1, one KO.

In a heavyweight matchup, undefeated Cassius “New Wave” Chaney of New London, CT by way of Baltimore, MD hammered Joel “Quiet Storm” Caudle of Raleigh, NC to win by first-round TKO. Chaney landed powerful blows that sent Caudle stumbling all around the ring. Chaney raises his record to 16-0, 10 KO’s while Caudle drops to 8-3-2, five KO’s.

The walkout bout on the card saw undefeated Hyattsville, MD lightweight Patrick “YG Pat” Harris win an eight-round unanimous decision over Donald “Bulldog” Ward of Memphis, TN.    Harris is now 17-0, eight KO’s while Ward falls to 11-11-1, five KO’s.

Crossville, TN middleweight Tyler “Hercules” Howard remained undefeated by winning an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis of Philadelphia, PA. Howard is now 18-0, 11 KO’s and Davis is 18-15-1, seven KO’s.

Toledo, Ohio lightweight “The Golden Child” Tyler McCreary won a tough eight-round split decision over Jessie Cris “The VIP” Rosales of Cebu City, Philippines. Both men landed quality punches throughout the contest and traded well. Judges John Gradowski and Bernard Bruni scored the bout for McCreary, 77-75 and 78-74 respectively while judge Ron McNair saw the contest 77-75 for Rosales. McCreary raises his record to 16-0-1, seven KO’s while Rosales falls to 22-3-1, 10 KO’s.

In the opening contest, undefeated middleweight Esquiva Falcao of Vitoria, Brazil battered Jesus Gutierrez of Tijuana, Mexico over seven-plus rounds on the way to an eighth-round technical knockout. Falcao’s onslaught forced referee David Braslow to stop the bout at 1:35. Falcao, who is ranked seventh in the world by the WBA, WBC, and IBF, is now 24-0, 16 KO’s. Gutierrez falls to 25-4-2, 12 KO’s.

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