Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Diego Chaves put on a toe to toe battle with dirty tactics involved, causing the bout to be stopped by the referee in a somewhat controversial ending. Rios wanted to finish the fight but the ref Vic Drakulich stopped the fight in round 9 because he felt Chaves was using unsportsmanlike conduct in the fight such as holding Bam Bam’s head down and rubbing his eyes with the inside of his gloves.
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev put on another impressive performance and showcased his devastating power against the little known challenger Blake Caparello of Australia. After being knocked down in the first round, Kovalev came back in the second to put a beating on the challenger first by dropping him with a hard body shot, and than pounding him in the corner until he dropped. The referee Sparkle Lee called a halt to the bout after Caparello went down from a barrage of punches. Next in line for the Krusher is boxing legend Bernard Hopkins for a title unification bout in November.
Las Vegas fighter Jessie Vargas defended his WBA light welterweight title against Anton Novikov via unanimous decision. Vargas hopes to land a big fight soon and hopefully against one of the champions at 140 or even at 147 against the likes of Timothy Bradley or Manny Pacquiao.
In case you missed the Sergey Kovalev vs. Blake Caparello light heavyweight championship and the Brandon Rios vs. Diego Chaves welterweight main event on HBO Boxing After Dark, the network will rebroadcast the entire triple header card along with the Jessie Vargas vs. Anton Novikov WBA light welterweight championship.
Check HBO.com/Boxing for more information on fight schedules and replay times for Rios vs. Chaves and Kovalev vs. Caparello.