HARD KNOCK: Ivan Kirpa lands a hard blow on Miguel Angel Rodriguez during his victory by unanimous decision.
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From Russia with Gloves
SUNRISE, FL-His welterweight fight was not seen on Showtime and the opponent he defeated was among the top 100 fighters in the world, but Ivan ‘The Terrible’ Kirpa of Smolensk, Russia is a name to keep an eye on.
In improving his record to 24-1 with 15 KOs with a unanimous decision over veteran Miguel Angel Rodriguez (29-4) he proved that he is a man to be reckoned with in the crowded welterweight division.
Kirpa’s was among the main attractions at the BankAtlantic Center and Rodriguez came into the ring looking like The Fonz, but left like a beat up Homer Simpson.
Rodriguez has been in the ring with WBC champion Andre Berto and only lasted seven rounds with him and also lost a decision to former champion Carlos Baldomir, but he will never be the same after the battering he took from Kirpa.
Additionally, he’s one of the most unheralded fighters in the DK stable, which despite what many people write is a lot better than people think.
While Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko shut the moth of the boastful Vic Darchinyan, and Steve Cunningham masterfully proved that he’s still the best cruiserweight in the world, Anges Adjaho lost was fight that he was winning on two of the three judges score cards in a lightweight title eliminator that had Don King furious.
Adjaho was lost a controversial 9th round KO when he was hit by Antonio DeMarco by a clean punch at the end of the round and dazed he went down for the mandatory eight count. As referee Tellis Asseminios was counting , DeMarco came and took another swipe at Adjaho as he had one knee on the canvas but failed to connect. Adjaho figuring that he was fouled although the punch missed rolled over and was counted out.
King went off on the referee, but the blame goes to his fighter for by not getting up although he was not hurt much to begin with.
King is doing good business with rival promoter Gary Shaw, another who has an outstanding stable of fighters.
The scoreboard read King1 and Shaw 1 after Saturday night, but they will go at it again on August 1 when Timothy Bradley defends his WBO junior welterweight title against former undisputed lightweight king Nate Campbell.
Campbell who was in attendance says that he’s going to prove to Bradley that he’s not old when they show down in Rancho Mirage.
Also on the card is rising prospect Devon Alexander when he takes on Junior Witter for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title.
Alexander of St. Louis is undefeated, but not untested and will finally have the chance to earn his first title. King has both Campbell and Alexander under his promotional banner. Boxing lost another gallant warrior when it was discovered that Arturo Gatti was killed by his wife while vacationing in Brazil July 11.
Gatti fought lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2005 and had also lost to Oscar De La Hoya, but was admired by boxing fans for his fierce determination in the ring and willingness to fight every minute of every round.