Robert Delgado – Los Angeles
In a scene that could end up being a sequel to the true story that went from the ‘sweet science’ to the ‘silver screen’, Massachusetts-based boxer-mover Sean Eklund decisioned Terry Buterbaugh over six rounds at The Club Chicago in Burbank on Friday, October 7. Eklund had father Dicky and uncle Micky Ward work his corner, both of whom were recently immortalised in the movie; The Fighter, that scooped two Academy Awards.
Super lightweight Eklund (10-4-0, 2ko) prevailed in Illinois due to a convincing display where he showed boxing skills rather than the blood and guts gusto that his uncle Ward was most famous for.
Eklund’s technical finesse, though, was underlined when he began switch-hitting, altering his stance from orthodox to southpaw and it was this tactic that began swinging the tie more convincingly in his favour as Buterbaugh became flabbergasted with the new posturing.
Eklund also upped his work-rate and showed good precision with his punching as he out-worked his foe.
The card’s main event featured a bout between Osumanu Adama and former super welterweight world champion Roman Karmazin (40-5-2, 26ko). The two 154lb campaigners went at it at a fast tempo, throwing fists within a small space. Throughout the early jousting it appeared an even contest yet the tide turned in Adama’s favour as he smacked Karmazin with a stiff straight right that left the Russian dazed and confused.
Taking advantage of his opponent’s lack of composure, Adama (20-2-0, 15ko) followed that punch up with a sustained attack of heavy pressure. Karmazin wilted, survived to hear the bell at the end of the eighth and, while he was allowed to continue in the ninth, his corner had ultimately seen enough as Adama continued with his brutalisation. Karmazin’s corner swiftly chucked in the white towel, retiring their fighter.