Farenas stops Davis in 8th Dib & Martin win decisions

Michael Farenas nails Mark Davis


Photo Credit –  Emily Harney

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Filipino knockout artist Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Mark “Too Sharp” Davis (18-1, 5 KOs) in eighth round of last night’s main event on a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights.

 The second annual “50 Cent’s Birthday Bash,” presented by SMS Promotions and sponsored in part by Uber, was held in Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Farenas overpowered Davis, cutting the Cleveland fighter over the right eye in the opening round, and pounded him throughout the fight until referee Steve Smoger wisely halted the action at 59-seconds of the eighth round. The slugging southpaw from the Philippines impressively won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title eliminator for the No. 2 spot in the IBF rankings, positioning himself as the mandatory challenger for the winner of next week’s IBF junior lightweight title fight between defending champion Argenis Mendez and No. 1 contender Rances Barthelemy. Farenas and Davis went into the fight rated No. 4 and No. 11, respectively, by the IBF.

Former world featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (37-3, 21 KOs) overcame a cut over his right eye, resulting from an unintentional head butt in the opening round, to win a unanimous 10-round decision over former world title challenger Alberto “Kichis” Garza(26-8-1, 21 KOs) in the co-feature. Fighting for the first time as a junior lightweight, Dib made the most of a long trip from his native Australia in hopes of earning another world title shot in a higher weight class. Dib is presently rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

In the other ESPN fight, 12-time national amateur champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (7-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Cleveland, continued his winning ways by pitching a complete shutout against Mathew “Champ” Baca (4-2-1, 2 KOs) en route to a four-round decision.

In undercard action, junior middleweight Jimmy Williams improved to 7-0-1 (3 KOs) with a six-round decision over Stephen Owusu (8-7, 4 KOs), undefeated Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (12-0, 1 KO) took a six-round majority decision versus junior featherweight

Nydia “Da Phenomenal” Feliciano (7-6-3, 0 KOs), welterweight Nick DeLomba (4-0, 0 KOs) won a six-round majority decision against Edwin Soto (9-2-2, 4 KOs), Bronx junior welterweight Luis “Cruise Control” Cruz (8-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with a six-round decision over Ryan Picou (1-3), and super middleweight prospect Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan (5-0, 4 KOs) was went the distance for the first time as a professional against Azamat Umarzoda (0-4-1).



Junior Younan (5-0, 4 KOs), Brooklyn, New York

WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Azamat Umarzoda (0-4-1), Las Vegas, Nevada


Jimmy Williams (7-0-1, 3 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut

WDEC6 (60-53, 59-54, 57-56)

Stephan Owusu (8-7, 4 KOs), Bronx, New York


Nick DeLomba (4-0, 0 KOs), Cranston, Rhode Island

WDEC6 (59-56, 59-55, 57-57)

Edwin Soto (9-2-2, 4 KOs), New Haven, Connecticut


Luis Cruz (8-0, 4 KOs), Bronx, New York

WDEC6 (59-52, 59-52, 58-56)

Ryan Picou (1-3, 0 KOs), Las Vegas, Nevada


Ryan Martin (7-0, 3 KOs), Cleveland, Ohio

WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Matthew Baca (4-2-1, 2 KOs), Albuquerque, New Mexico


Michael Farenas (39-4-4, 31 KOs), Paranaque City, Philippines

WTKO8 (0:59)

Mark Davis (18-1. 5 KOs)), Cleveland, Ohio

(Farenas won IBF title eliminator and No. 2 rating)

Billy Dib (37-3, 21 KOs), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

WDEC10 (98-91, 96-93, 96-93)

Alberto Garza (26-8-1, 21 KOs), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico


Shelly Vincent (12-0, 1 KO), Providence, Rhode Island

WDEC6 (59-55, 58-56, 57-57)

Nydia Feliciano (7-6-3, 0 KOs), Bronx, New York

L-R: Mark Davis and Michael Farenas

L-R: Mark Davis and Michael Farenas

Team Dib

  L-R: Billy Dib and Alberto Garza

L-R: Matthew Baca and Ryan Martin

L-R: Matthew Baca and Ryan Martin

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