Ajagba beat Shaw, Vianello lost by cut

Nigerian heavyweight Efe Ajagba (17-1, 13 KOs) in a very unspectacular fight won by unanimous decision before that unbeaten American Stephen Shaw (18-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of the evening in Verona, New York, broadcast on ESPN. As a result of ten not the most interesting rounds, the judges gave the victory to Ajagba with the same score of 96-94.

Also this evening, the Italian heavyweight Guido Vianello (10-1-1, 9 KOs) suffered his first loss in his career from a former sparring partner Johnny Rice (16-6-1, 11 KOs) by TKO in the seventh round, when the fight was stopped due to a serious cut over the left eye. In the sixth round, Vianello missed a left that opened up a nasty cut that his corner couldn't handle at half-time. At the beginning of the seventh, referee Benji Estevez called a doctor at the ringside, and he advised to stop the meeting.

Estevez originally told all the judges to score round seven, suggesting that the cut was caused by an unintentional head-on collision. But after watching a video replay, the decision was reversed, and it was decided that the cut was caused by a glove strike in the sixth round. At the time of the stoppage of the fight, Vianello was twice in the lead on the scorecards: twice 59-55 and 58-56.


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