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In the main event of ESPN's Friday Night Fights Blake Caparello defeated Elvir Muriqi via unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 98-92 and 100-90. Muriqi, who was hoping to mount a comeback, instead opted to call it quits and announced his retirement following his defeat to Caparello.
Although the main event lacked excitement, Caparello shined in spots and looked like a promising prospect. Caparello, via Victoria, Australia, worked his jab to keep his opponent at bay, and landed his lead right hand at will. Muriqi who was clearly frustrated after his defeat mentioned that he was unable to pull the trigger against the younger fighter. With the win Caparello improves to 19 wins, no losses, one draw and 6KOs.
The undercard featured a cross roads fight between Junior Featherweights Luis "KO King" Rosa (15-0, 7KOs) and Jorge "King" Diaz (17-2, 10KOs) who battled for eight grueling rounds. Diaz came out aggressive in the first rounds and used his speed and power landing some hellacious right hands. As the fight wore on, Rosa was beginning to dictate the pace landing great body shots which started to take an effect on Diaz. Rosa dropped Diaz twice in the fight and had him in trouble in the later rounds.
Although Diaz looked as if he wouldn't see the final bell he valiantly continued to fight on. In the end, Rosa's hand was raised in victory when the judges saw the fight 78-72, 79-71, 80-70 all in favor of Luis Rosa.
Undefeated Welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez Harrison won an eight-round unanimous decision over Tim Witherspoon Jr. (10-4-1KO) by scores of 78-74 on all cards and improves to 20-0.
Cecil McCalla defeated Eric Mitchell. McCalla via a six-round unanimous decision with scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56, and improves to 17-0.
Louis Cruz needed only 2:59 of round one to stop Jose Santiago in devastating fashion. Cruz improves to 6-0, 4 KOs
Rickey Edwards scored a four-round unanimous decision over Justin Robbins in a lightweight bout. Scores were 40-36
Wanzell Ellison scored a six-round unanimous decision over Esteban Villalba. Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
Junior middleweight Patrick Day scored 1st round stoppage over Guillermo Ibarra and improves to 6-0-1, with three knockouts.
Undefeated Mikey Faragon scored a first-round stoppage over Ivan Zavala in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout and improves to 19-0, 9KOs.
Fan friendly Patrick Farrell (9-2-1, 5 KO's) scored a first-round stoppage over Lucas St. Claire (3-4) in a cruiserweight bout.
Samuel Teah scored a four round unanimous decision over Andrew Bentley with scores of 40-36 across the board.