Fight Night at Sabina Park: World title boxing returns to Jamaica

Carlos Dixon of the USA lands a punch to the face of Edison Torres of Venezuela during their WBC Super Featherweight Youth Silver title fight at Sabina Park on Sunday. Dixon won by a technical knockout in the sixth round.

Jamaica took the spotlight once again as the eyes of the boxing world focused on the small island which hosted two world title fights and an international heavyweight bout at the iconic Sabina Park in Kingston on the weekend.

The event, billed Fight Night at Sabina Park, was promoted by the Ronson Frank-led American company Uprising Promotions, with the assistance of Jamaican company Creative Sports and Entertainment, whose principals are Donald Lyew and John Isaacs.

The event, which was aired via pay-per-view, saw a number of exciting bouts. Carlos Dixon of the United States of America defeated Edison Torres of Venezuela and lifted the WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight title while Russian Yurik Mamedov captured the WBA Fedecaribe Welterweight crown by stopping Eduardo Cardovez of Venezuela on an eventful rainy night.

The third bout was a non-title heavyweight match in which Russian Vladimir Tereskin defeated Francisco Silven of the Dominica Republic in four rounds.

Russian Vladimir Tereskin punches to the face of Francisco Silven of the Dominican Republic during their Heavyweight bout at Sabina Park on Sunday morning. Tereskin won by fourth-round technical knockout.

The 22-year-old Dixon who stopped Torres in the sixth round (referee Peter Richards halted the proceedings) told reporters that his victory meant a lot.

Vladimir Tereskin

 “It’s amazing. This is huge not just for me but my family and my city [Louisville] as well,” Dixon pointed out. “I am glad, all thanks must be to the man above and I will keep going back and work harder.”

Dixon, whose professional record now stands at 10-1 with eight knockouts, brought back a boxing world title to the home city of none other than Muhammad Ali. He’s scheduled to defend his title in Louisville on Jan 18, 2020.

Venezuelan Torres, whose record fell to 12-5, with six KOs, gave a good account of himself throughout. He said through an interpreter that Dixon’s body blow took an effect on him in the end.

“It was really hard to recover from that and I was getting out of air and was trying my best to keep on breathing,” said Torres. “Despite the fact that I am not at his weight, I feel proud because I did my best and proud of what I did for my country.”

In the second bout on the card, Russia’s Yurik Mamedov defeated Eduardo Cardovez of Venezuela and lifted the WBA Fedecaribe Welterweight crown.

American Carlos Dixon poses with his WBC Youth Silver Super Featherweight belt with, to his immediate right, Jamaica’s Boxing Board president Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones and to his left board executive Leroy Brown.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Mamedov, who was born in New York and who is of Iraqi descent, dedicated the victory to the Yezidi ethnic group.

“I always say this is the success for my people. This is to spread the word of the Yezidi genocide. This is more than boxing, more than sports,” Mamedov noted. “It felt great for the opportunity. It was an honour to be able to win this belt.”

Russian Yurik Mamedov addressing the gathering after winning the WBA Fedecaribe Welterweight belt on Saturday at Sabina Park, Kingston.

It the heavyweight bout, Vladimir Tereskin of Russia stopped Francisco Silven of Dominica Republic in four rounds as he failed to answer the call for the fifth round. Tereskin knocked down Silven twice in the fourth round and he stumbled to his corner and did not respond for the fifth round.