On Friday night, it was a good night of boxing for the Friday Night Fights program on ESPN and for those who gathered at Airway Heights, Washington. The first fight televised was a lightweight (135 Ibs.) rumble as contenders Ji-Hoon Kim (23-7 18 KO) and Yakubu Amidu (20-3-1 18 KO) battled it out for 10 rounds. Ultimately, Kim’s higher work rate and accuracy was able to prevail over Amidu. Kim won the fight by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Amidu gave Kim some trouble as he hurt Kim during the second round and outslugged him in rounds five and six. However, Kim was able to respond to these challenges and hurt Amidu badly in rounds three and four.
For the main event of the evening, junior welterweight (140 Ibs.) prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1 14 KO) moved forward with his career by knocking out gatekeeper David Torres (21-3-2 13 KO). Provodnikov showed slight improvements in overall technique but for the most part, he looked like the same pressure fighter as before. Provodnikov knocked down Torres in the first and was a sign of things to come, Provodnikov’s steady pressure and hard right hands. Eventually, the pressure was too much for Torres and Provodnikov stopped him with straight right hands in the sixth round. Trained by Freddie Roach, Provodnikov hopes to further improve his technique and skill.
On Saturday night, the former undisputed welterweight (147 Ibs.) champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 knockouts) won his second consecutive bout since losing the IBF super welterweight (154 Ibs.) by outpointing Sechew Powell (26-4, 15 KOs). The bout was an elimination bout for current IBF 154 Ibs. titlist Cornelius Bundrage (31-4 18 KO). Both fighters looked past their prime and it is in this writers opinion that if Spinks and Bundrage were to meet again, Bundrage would score another knockout.