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Jennings vs. Dimitrenko: Top Rank on ESPN Results

Boxing is being featured for the first time at the recently opened Ocean Resort Casino (formerly Revel), which is located steps from the Atlantic City boardwalk.

Heavyweights will take center stage on Saturday evening when Philadelphia’s Bryant “B.Y.” Jennings faces Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko in the 12-round Heavyweight main event.

In the co-feature, Philadelphia native Jesse “Hollywood” Hart will defend the NABF Super Middleweight title in a 10-rounder versus Mike Gavronski. Jennings-Dimitrenko and Hart-Gavronski will be broadcast on ESPN at 10:00 p.m. ET, with the entire undercard to be shown on ESPN+ beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KOs), the 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist will headline the ESPN+ portion of the card against Carlos Ruiz (16-4-2, 6 KOs) in an eight-round Featherweight bout.

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Top Rank on ESPN

Bryant Jennings vs. Alexander Dimitrenko

  • Feel-out round to open things up. B-Y gets his offense going in Round 2, throwing combos at Dimitrenko’s sizable midsection. Dimitrenko towers over Jennings, and lands a crisp body shot to begin the third. Jennings down from a right hand to the head in the 4th! He makes it to the end of the round, but the knockdown provides a huge lift for Dimitrenko. Jennings knocks Dimitrenko down twice in the 8th round, but the German survives! Dimitrenko hits the deck in Round 9, however, and the referee waves off the contest at 1:56 of Round 9. Tough break for Dimitrenko on a questionable stoppage, but Jennings will take it, as he walks through fire en route to five straight victories.

Jesse Hart vs. Mike Gavronski

  • Gavronski can’t land anything of substance in the opening round, and Hart is punishing him to the head and body. An apparent knockdown for Hart is ruled a slip by referee Eric Dali toward the end of Round 1. Gravonski down in Round 3 from an overhand right, then Jesse Hart finishes him off with a second knockdown! “Hollywood” improves to 25-1 with a knockout at :52 of the third frame.

Shakur Stevenson vs. Carlos Ruiz

  • Slow round to open things up, Stevenson appears to still be measuring Ruiz in the 2nd frame.The 2016 Olympic silver medalist gains experience against a crafty opponent, but this fight was difficult to watch. Stevenson improves to 8-0 with three 80-72 scorecards.

Christian Carto vs. Javier Gallo

  • Physical opening round, Carto not as agile as we’ve seen in previous fights. Gallo touts a deceiving 25-15-1 record, he’s no pushover. Carto is spending quite a bit of time against the ropes thus far, inviting Gallo in to tie up and get off shots to the body. We’re entering the 6th, and Carto may have dropped a couple of rounds along the way. Carto improves to 16-0 with 80-71, 80-72, and 79-73 scorecards over Gallo.

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Thomas LaManna vs. Matthew Strode

  • Really solid back-and-forth action through the first three rounds, LaManna was given time to recover from a low blow in the opening frame. Weird moment in the 4th round, each fighter thought there was a break in the action and LaManna clocked Strode with an uncontested right hand. “Cornflake” didn’t capitalize on the free shot, however, and Strode made it to the end of the round. Strode down in Round 5, looks like it could have been called a slip but the North Carolina native is given a count. LaManna really pulls away in later rounds; he’s the better conditioned fighter and has used his reach advantage nicely. LaManna improves to 26-2-1 with three 79-71 scorecards.

Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Joseph Adorno vs. Agustine Mauras

  • Adorno scored a knockdown of Mauras, then finished him off at 1:39 of the opening round. The Allentown, PA native is now 9-0 with 9 KOs, brutal body work.

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Oleksandr Teslenko vs. Avery Gibson 

  • Gibson down in Round 1; looked to be a slip, but referee gives him a count nonetheless. Rounds 2 and 3 are lethargic, Gibson doing a lot of holding and not being reprimanded by the ref for doing so. Teslenko starts to land flush in the 5th. Oleksandr Teslenko remains undefeated with a unanimous decision, netting 58-55, 59-54, 60-53 scorecards.

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