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Stivens Bujaj Impresses in Tacoma, Stops Barragan in Seven To Claim Cruiserweight WBC USNBC Title

by on Mar.24, 2014, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

Bujaj lands a right on Barragan.

Bujaj lands a right on Barragan.


TACOMA, WA — Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Stivens Bujaj kept his perfect record intact last Saturday night, claiming the WBC USNBC Cruiserweight title and impressing Northwest fight fans with a resounding seventh round TKO over the durable Victor Barragan at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Headlining Brian Halquist Productions’ 95th installment of the Battle at the Boat, the former amateur standout put on a methodical, patient exhibition, displaying a solid set of boxing skills while battering his opponent en route to the stoppage.

New York City’s Bujaj (12-0 9KO’s 196.5 lbs.) took a measured approach early on in the bout, choosing to lay back and allow his opponent to press the fight while he measured what Barragan (12-8 3KO’s 192.5 lbs.) would bring to the table. In the second round Bujaj began to step up his work rate, countering with greater regularity and finding his mark with hard left hooks in close.

Bujaj’s talent for counter punching became more apparent as the fight wore on. While Barragan remained busy throughout the middle rounds, Bujaj easily avoided most of the aggression and countered effectively, busting up his opponent and repeatedly rocking his head back with blistering combinations. By the sixth round Bujaj was picking Barragan apart, landing at will with vicious shots in the pocket.

In the seventh round Bujaj came out pressing the fight hard, unloading on his opponent with blistering combinations to the head and body,seemingly looking for the knockout. Mid way through the round a thunderous left hook to the chin sent Barragan crashing to the canvas. He would make it up at seven, but he was clearly in no condition to continue. The referee mercifully waved the fight off at 1:52 of the round, awarding Bujaj the TKO.

Barragan is down.

Barragan is down.

Bujaj peeked the interest of the local fight crowd and made quite a few fans. He displayed patience, excellent counterpunching abilities and a killer instinct.When the fight was clearly in the bag he still pressed for the KO, giving the fans the excitement they crave. It will be interesting to see how he does when he steps up his level of competition.

In the semi-main event of the night, undefeated local favorite Jeremy McClearly scored a majority decision win over the highly determined Corben Page. McClearly (3-0 126 lbs.) came out throwing bombs at the outset of the bout, but Page (4-5-1 12.5 lbs.) proved his grit early as he stood in with his counterpart trading heavy leather on the inside. By the second McClearly appeared to understand that his opponent would be no pushover and employed a more cautious approach, choosing instead to box rather than go all out in search of the KO. Using lateral movement and a crisp jab to set up his power punches, McClearly controlled the middle rounds, keeping his aggressive opponent on the end of his punches. Still, Page gave a great fight throughout and in the last round mounted a spirited comeback, giving McClearly all he could handle in a great back-and-forth round.  It would be too little too late for Page, though, as the official tallies read 39-37 twice for McClearly and 38-38.

Power punching middleweight Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (3-0 3KO’s 158 lbs.) needed just one round to dispatch of Spokane, Washington’s Juan Carlos Rodriguez (1-3-1 1KO 156 lbs.). Sevilla-Rivera, of Spanaway, Washington, stormed out from the sound of the first bell, unloading with hard power shots. A crisp one-two to the chin dropped Rodriguez for a count. It wouldn’t take much longer after the action was allowed to resume for Sevilla-Rivera to secure his third straight knockout. A barrage of unanswered punches prompted the referee to step in and call it, giving Sevilla-Rivera the TKO at 1:32 of the round. 

In a battle of southpaws, Olympia, Washington’s Jared Teer (2-1 146 lbs.) claimed a four round split decision over Spokane, Washington’s Sean Quinnett (0-2 144.5 lbs). Both fighters were busy from the start, stepping right in to the pocket and throwing a lot of leather at each other. The first round was a close one, but as the fight wore on it was clear that Teer was landing at a greater rate and doing well, avoiding most of what was being thrown at him. By the last round Teer appeared to be in full control as he landed repeatedly with accurate combos while his opponent appeared to have a hard time finding the target. Two of the judges scored the fight for Teer by scores of 40-36 and 39-37, while the last judge saw the fight 39-37 for Quinnett, giving Teer the much deserved win.

Lacey, Washington’s Harrison Bevens made his entrance into the paid ranks with a fourth round stoppage of the awkward Josh Solis, of Patterson, Washington. Solis (1-1 159.5 lbs.) came out throwing hard in the first round, pressing Bevens (1-0 1KO 159 lbs.) with wild, looping shots, but in doing so he left himself open for counters, especially considering the fact that he had the tendency of pulling out of the pocket with his chin up in the air. Late in the first round Bevens began to capitalize on this, landing with hard straight rights as Solis pulled back. In the second round Bevens took over with a consistent work rate of jabs and right hands. Early in the third a quick jab dropped Solis for a count. The shot didn’t seem to hurt Solis, and may have been more a half slip than a solid knockdown, but it spurred on Bevens who pressed hard after the count. In the fourth Bevens pressed the fight with a barrage of power shots and dropped his opponent once again with a sharp right to the chin. He would make it up at eight, but the referee, seeing Solis wobble, decided he had seen enough, calling the fight at 2:33 of the round

In a battle of two fighters making their pro debuts, Jon Jackson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, took a majority decision win against Moses Lake, Washington’s Jared Torgenson. Jackson (1-0 195 lbs.) had a slow start to the bout, allowing Torgenson (0-1 199 lbs.) to dictate the pace at range with a long jab and a busy work rate. Jackson, though, began to find his rhythm in the second as he began to time Torgenson, jumping in with lead left hooks. In the third he stunned his opponent with one of those left hooks and by the fourth he was fully in control of the fight. The final scores read 38-38, 40-36, and 40-36, giving Jackson his first win as a pro.

In the opening bout of the evening, Klamath Falls, Oregon’s Cole Milani (1-0 1KO 153 lbs.) made his professional debut in quick fashion, stopping Prosser, Washington’s Mark Garcia (1-2 151 lbs.) in the first round. Milani came out working at a fast pace from the outside, keeping his shorter opponent at the end of his punches while not allowing him to step in close enough to land. A snapping right hand to the chin put Garcia in some trouble one minute into the fight, sending him back to the ropes. Milani pounced, unloading with a series of hard punches to the head. A big right buckled the knees of Garcia. Seeing this, Milani unloaded, landing a barrage of unanswered punches, forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout, awarding Milani the TKO at 1:40 of the first round.

The stacked fight line-up had a little of everything and delivered an entertaining night at the fights. The next Battle at the Boat is scheduled for June 7th

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