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Lyell defeats Blackburn; Froch vs. Kessler 2

Former IBF world title challenger, Billy Lyell (25-11) outclassed journeyman Rahsaan Abdul Blackburn over 4 rounds Saturday night at the Boyd County Community Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Lyell was credited with a knockdown in round two and went on to win by scores of 40-35 on all judges’ scorecards. Lyell stated, “I wanted to get several rounds of work in order to stay sharp going into my showdown with Daniel Jacobs (24-1) on Showtime in Brooklyn, NY on April 27th.”

In a battle of unbeaten light heavies, Brian Holstein (5-0) defeated Tom Hanshaw Jr. (2-1) by a 4 round unanimous decision, while local junior middleweight prospect Travis Hanshaw (7-0) remained unbeaten with a six round unanimous decision over Nathan Petty. In a crowd-pleasing slugfest, super middleweights Kirklyn Phelps (1-0-1) and Anthony Kelly (0-5-1) battled to a four round draw.
In the only stoppage on the card, welterweight Afrim Mema evened his mark to 2-2 after a third round TKO over debuting Greg Bakstonvia in a scheduled 4 rounder. The show was promoted by Tom Hanshaw’s Eastcoast Promotions.

Follow the Froch-Kessler2 media tour live blog as Team Sauerland launches

Team Sauerland will be blogging live from the Froch-Kessler 2 media tour as super-middleweight champions Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler face the press in London and Copenhagen prior to their blockbuster rematch on May 25. Starting on Monday morning (CET) on the newly-launched Sauerland Promotion webpage, there will be live updates and behind-the-scenes coverage with quotes, pictures and videos.

Sauerland Promotion, the international offshoot of Team Sauerland, promotes the Nordic Fight Night, which is a revolutionary event series featuring the very best of Danish, Norwegian and Swedish boxing. “It´s a big week coming up for our Nordic operations,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “First we have the Froch-Kessler media tour and then we go straight on to Esbjerg where on Saturday Patrick Nielsen defends his WBA Intercontinental Title against Patrick Mendy and Andreas Evensen challenges European Featherweight Champion Alexander Miskirtchian. The live blog will take fans behind the scenes and provide exclusive coverage from the action in London, Copenhagen and Esbjerg.”

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