Saturday, 31 January 2015 23:45

ESPN Friday Night Fights Results: Dargan upset, Jeff Lacy's woes continue

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ESPN's Friday Night Fights offered fans three action-packed bouts yesterday.

The televised portion of the card started with Thomas Falowo (13-3 8KOs) taking on Russell Lamour (11-1 5KOs) over eight rounds for the latter's New England Middleweight title.

From the outset, Lamour appeared to have the edge in skill but Falowo valiantly took the fight to Lamour, seemingly forcing the former out of his element.

Falowo would cruise to a unanimous decision victory and is now the new New England Middleweight champion.

In the next bout, fans witnessed the ongoing saga of a declining former IBF Super Middleweight Champion and powerbroker in the sport. Jeff Lacy (27-6 18KOs) was once near the pinnacle of boxing and faced of some of the biggest names in the sport.

But today, he has been reduced to a mere stepping stone, a B-side opponent on a Friday Night Fights card.


Last night, Lacy faced Miami, FL prospect Sullivan Barrera (15-0 10KOs).

Moments after the first bell, it was obvious Jeff Lacy had nothing left. He was rocked with a right hand that sent him staggering into the ropes on wobbly legs. Sullivan would land the right hand at-will during the course of the fight.

In Round 2, Lacy showed flashes of the defensive prowess he possessed ten years ago but was eventually broken down by Sullivan who used his superior height and strength to punish Lacy along the ropes.

Sullivan closed the show in Round 4, pressuring Lacy and landing a series of right hands that led to a stoppage.

The main event was a classic 'matador vs bull' match-up. Highly-touted prospect Karl Dargan (17-1 9KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, who is trained by the legendary Naazim Richardson, faced hard-nosed Tony Luis (18-2 7KOS) of Ontario Canada. On the line was the former's WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship.

Round 1 was a standard 'feeling out' stanza with Dargan showcasing fine technical skills and counter punching. From round 2 on, however, Luis took the fight to Dargan, staying in his chest and forcing the bout into a proverbial phone booth.

Luis had the edge throughout the fight. He was stronger, exhibited a higher activity rate and appeared to be more prepared than Dargan who seemed to not know how to react to Luis' grit, aggression and tough in-fighting. Luis would earn a unanimous decision to become the new WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Champion.