Light heavyweight world titleholders Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Artur Beterbiev are set to meet in a 12-round battle at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Friday night. The fight is the first unification title fight between two undefeated fighters in that division.
But before that headlining bout, other fighters will get the chance to showcase their skills on the undercard.
In the co-main event, former welterweight titleholder Luis Collazo (39-7, 20 KOs) takes on unbeaten contender Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (16-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round battle.
Follow along live with our undercard results and analysis.
Luis Collazo vs. Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, 10 rounds, welterweights
Fight in progress …
Conto stops Lyons in Round 1
Philadelphia heavyweight Sonny Conto (5-0, 4 KOs), who has sparred with lineal champion Tyson Fury and top contender Kubrat Pulev, easily stopped Steven Lyons (5-6, 2 KOs), 30, of Larose, Louisiana, in the first round.
Conto, who landed several solid power punches and hard jabs, easily won the round, and when it was over, referee Eric Dali stopped the fight on advice of the ringside doctor with Lyons on his stool.
Fury had walked Conto into the ring.
Conto, 23, said his experience in Fury’s training camps has been important to his development.
“It just gives me so much confidence, and confidence breeds success,” Conto said. “I know I go in there and all the hard work has been put in.
“Other than Tyson Fury, I think I have the best heavyweight jab.”
Adorno blasts Sosa out in two rounds
Lightweight Joseph Adorno (14-0, 12 KOs), 20, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, scored a highlight-reel, second-round knockout of Damian Sosa (9-3, 7 KOs), 29, of Argentina, in their scheduled eight-rounder.
Ten of Adorno’s knockouts have come inside two rounds, and it was the first time Sosa had ever been stopped.
Seconds before the first round ended, Adorno scored a heavy knockdown with a left hook on the chin. Sosa beat the count and the round ended.
Sosa came out with a spirited attack in the second round as the boxers engaged toe-to-toe in a fierce opening minute, until Adorno connected with a right hand on the temple that sent Sosa sprawling face first between the ring ropes and nearly out of the ring. Referee Shawn Clark waved off the fight at 1 minute, 20 seconds.
Rodriguez stops Doronio in final round
Junior welterweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs), 24, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, dominated Leonardo Doronio (17-17-3, 11 KOs), 30, of the Philippines, for the entire fight before knocking Doronio out at 2 minutes, 29 seconds of the sixth and final round.
Rodriguez landed a bevy of clean shots on a tough Doronio before clipping him with a left hook on the chin in the final round. Doronio beat the count but was unsteady, and referee Benjy Esteves stopped the bout.
Rodriguez was fighting for the second time since a 22-month layoff caused mainly by a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which required surgery. He came notched a first-round knockout on July 13.
Adorno outpoints Reyes
Junior featherweight Jeremy Adorno (3-0, 1 KO), 18, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, dropped Misael Reyes (1-3, 0 KOs), 25, of Kansas City, Kansas, and won a unanimous decision. Two judges had it a 40-35 shutout, but the third judge had it 38-37.
Adorno, the younger brother of lightweight Joseph Adorno, who was scheduled for later on the card, dominated the bout. His biggest moment came in the second round, when Adorno landed a solid left to the body and came upstairs with a right hand on the chin behind to drop Sosa.
Vargas shuts out Rodriguez
Junior welterweight Josue Vargas (15-1, 9 KOs), a 21-year-old Puerto Rican southpaw from Bronx, New York, won his ninth fight in a row with a shutout decision against Johnny Rodriguez (9-5-1, 6 KOs), 38, of Denver.
Vargas, who won 80-72 on all three scorecards, dominated virtually every moment of the fight. He pounded Vargas with a harsh body attack throughout the fight and had a particularly big seventh round.
Seals drills Trosch in first round
Light heavyweight contender Michael Seals (24-2, 18 KOs), 37, of Mobile, Alabama, who goes by the nickname “Cannon Handz,” scored a highlight-reel first-round knockout of Elio Heraldo Trosch (14-9-2, 7 KOs), 30, of Argentina, in a scheduled 10-rounder.
As they got close for an exchange, Seals unleashed a sweeping left hook that caught Trosch square on the chin and knocked him flat on his back. Trosch struggled to his feet but was terribly off balance and fell into the ropes on the other side of the ring, causing referee Eric Dali to stop the bout at 1 minute, 38 seconds.
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