Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo – There was a 66-pound weight difference, United States Olympian Michael Hunter (16-1, 11 KOs) scored two knockdowns before stopping Alexander Ustinov (34-3, 25 KOs) in the ninth round. Ustinov had veteran trainer John David Jackson in his corner. (photos by Mark Robinson).
For the International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental (IBF) light heavyweight title, 2120 Olympian Fanlong Meng (14-0, 9 KOs) stopped Frank Buglioni (22-4-1, 16 KOs) in the fifth round, after the contest was waved off due to a severe cut above the eye of Buglioni.
WBA cruiserweight champion “in recess” Denis Lebedev (32-2, 23 KOs), 39-years-old, won a wide twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Mike Wilson (19-1, 8 KOs). The scores were 117-111, 119-109 and 119-109. The fight was billed as a final WBA eliminator for a crack at full WBA champion Oleksandr Usyk.
WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs) won what some felt was a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over Israel Gonzalez (23-3, 10 KOs). The scores were 117-111, 116-112, 116-112.
2016 Olympic gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0, 3 KOs) had no trouble with an overmatched Marcos Mojica (16-3-2, 12 KOs), with a third round stoppage in a welterweight bout.