Montana Love was disqualified in the 6th round for pushing his opponent Stevie Spark over the ropes, gifting the Australian a stunning victory. Photo Credit: DAZN Boxing (Twitter)
Montana Love was disqualified in round 6 for pushing Stevie Spark, his opponent, over the ropes. This gave the Australian a stunning victory. Photo Credit: DAZNBoxing (Twitter).

Matchroom promoted at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Cleveland saw an upset as Montana Love was disqualified from the sixth round of his WBA Intercontinental super light defense against Stevie Spark.

Love (18-1-1,KO9) was unbeaten in 19 fights and Spark (16-2,KO14) was on a three-fight winning streak. July 2021 stoppage defeat to Tim Tszyu.

Love was ahead in the first round but was soon on the floor as Spark landed with two flush hands to the chin, which dropped the American. Spark was frustrating Love by being hard to pin down, and he had to be wary of the Aussie’s power.

In the fourth, Love worked well off his jab to keep Spark at bay, but Spark returned in the fifth to get through Love’s defences. After the contest had heated up, the fight reached a wild conclusion in the sixth. Love was cut over the left eye after an accidental headbutt. The champion was furious and allowed to continue, but he was unable to stop the fight at any time. After exchanging words, they engaged in a clinch. Love refused to stop pushing forwards and he threw Spark off the top rope.

Spark’s corner pushed for a disqualification as chaos ensued, and the referee and officials agreed, much to Love and his team’s disgust.

Richardson Hitchens (15-0 KO7) won the vacant IBF North America super lightweight title. Yomar Alamo (20-2, KO12), had to retire after eight rounds. Hitchens was too much to his opponent, so the referee stopped the proceedings before the ninth round could start in a contest that was scheduled for ten.

Raymond Ford (13-0-1 KO7) also won the eighth. He defeated Sakaria Lukas (25-2-1, KO17), to defend his WBA Continental Americas featherweight title. For dropped Lukas in opener. A huge left hook in eighth forced the end of the fight.

The final ten rounds saw an upset as Christian Tapia (15-1 (KO12), lost his unbeaten record in the first round and his WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title in a points defeat by Thomas Mattice (20-3-1; KO15). Tapia was dropped in round two, and Mattice won the fight by scores of 95-93 and 96-92, respectively.

Raynell Williams (14-1.KO7) won six rounds. He dropped Ryizeemmion Fort (8-3.KO6) in super featherweight’s opener. Nikoloz Sekhniashvili (8-1.KO6) forced David Rodriguez (6-1.KO2) to retire from the third round. Khalil Cole (4-0-1, KO1) defeated Bradley Olmeda (5-1.KO3) in round five, before taking a shutout point win at light heavyweight.

History was made at super-featherweight, where Beatriz ferreira (1-0,KO1) made a professional debut against Tayna Caroso (5-1; KO1) in four, three-minute rounds. The Brazilian was dominant, knocking out Cardoso in rounds 1 and 3, on her way to a win of 40-34 on all three cards.

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