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Vyacheslav Glazkov stops Darnell Wilson in seven


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov dominated veteran journeyman Darnell Wilson on the way to a seventh-round technical knockout victory on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall.

Glazkov-Wilson took place on the undercard of the light heavyweight main event between IBF/WBA titleholder Bernard Hopkins and WBO counterpart Sergey Kovalev.

Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 knockouts) had his way with the Wilson throughout much of the fight before a ringside physician advised referee Randy Neumann to stop the one-sided contest between the seventh and eighth rounds.

A 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine, Glazkov, 30, was coming off a majority decision over Derric Rossy in August that had followed a split-decision win over former title challenger Tomasz Adamek in March.

Trained by John David Jackson, who is also Kovalev’s trainer, Glazkov had blamed an injured right hand for what he considered to be a sub-par performance against Adamek.

The hard-hitting Wilson, 40, had ended a five-bout losing streak with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated David Rodriguez last December. But other than a wild right that got Glazkov’s attention in the sixth, Wilson (25-18-3, 21 KOs) had been of little threat throughout much of the fight.

Light heavyweight contender Nadjib Mohammedi (36-3, 22 KOs) registered his third straight knockout against Demetrius Walker (7-8-1, 4 KOs), flooring him twice in the first round before Neumann stopped it at the 2:16 mark.

The IBF’s mandatory challenger to the winner of Hopkins-Kovalev, Mohammedi, 29, had last been in the ring for a seventh-round stoppage of Anatoliy Dudchenko in June, and is 12-0 with 10 knockouts since being stopped in the second round by Dmitry Sukhotsky in November 2011.

Walker, also 29, suffered his fifth straight setback and was coming off a unanimous decision loss to previously winless Aaron Derrow last month.

Light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera (13-0, 9 KOs) dropped his man in the third of a fourth-round technical knockout over Rowland Bryant (18-5, 12 KOs). Neumann halted the one-sided matchup between the fourth and fifth rounds in favor of Berrera, 32, who is part of a deep pool of 175-pounders promoted by Main Events.

A native of Cuba now living in Miami, Barrera is trained by Abel Sanchez and prepared for the fight alongside WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin in Big Bear, California.

The knockout was the third straight for Barrera, who was coming off a sixth round knockout of Eric Watkins in September. Rowland is 4-5 with three knockouts in his past eight fights. Sanchez celebrated his 59th birthday on fight night.

Ukrainian light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a knockdown on the way to a first-round knockout of Emil Gonzalez (11-9-1, 8 KOs). Referee Harvey Dock halted the contest after determining that Gonzalez’s could no longer continue.

A 27-year-old who served as a sparring partner for Bernard Hopkins, Shabranskyy has stopped six of his last seven opponents, and was coming off a 48-second knockout of Walker in July.

Gonzalez, 26, had won his previous two fights by first round knockout, the last being in 91 seconds against Francisco Suero last month.

Junior lightweight Daniel Eric Hunter (19-3, 10 KOs) scored a knockdown in the sixth and final round of a technical knockout victory over Daniel Ramirez (11-2, 5 KOs).

Hunter, 28, of Philadelphia, floored Ramirez, 24, with a left hook that caught him flush. After rising, Ramirez was immediately staggered with a right hand that ended a four-punch combination. Referee Sparkle Lee had seen enough at that point a stopped the fight at the 1:23 mark.

Hunter’s previous fight was a unanimous decision victory over Yenifel Vicente to rebound from a disqualification loss to Mike Oliver in September 2013. Ramirez was coming off a fourth round stoppage of Aaron Garcia in July to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss to Guy Robb in April.

In the evening’s first fight, lightweight Ryan Martin (9-0, 5 KOs) used a body shot to stop Isaac Gonzalez (17-4, 12 KOs) at the 38-second mark of the second round.

The next featured super middleweight Andrey Sirotkin (5-0-1, 1 KO) scoring a six-round unanimous decision over Michael Mitchell (3-5-2, 1 KO).