Three more results from a very busy Saturday evening for Beltway Boxers around the country. Bethesda, MD super flyweight Alexandru "Spartan" Marin won a tough 10-round split decision over "The Aloha Kid" Bruno Escalante of Redwood City, CA to capture the vacant IBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight championship at the Forum in Inglewood, CA.
Marin was able to press Escalante primarily because of his height and reach advantages throughout the contest. However, this was the first time that his defense was tested and Escalante was able to hit Marin with punches. A left hand caused a cut under Marin's right eyebrow.
As the bout wore on, Marin remained offensive-minded but he gave up the height advantage he had and Escalante landed more punches. However, Marin's activity throughout the contest gave him the edge on two of the judge's scorecards, 96-94 and 98-92. Escalante won one card, 97-93.
Marin, who is ranked sixth by the IBF and 12th by the WBO, remains undefeated at 17-0, 11 KO's while Escalante falls to 17-4, seven KO's.
Meanwhile at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, two locals scored TKO's. Baltimore, MD lightweight Jahmal Dyer scored a fourth-round TKO over Marcos Lugo of Vineland, NJ. Dyer knocked down Lugo in the first round, severely wobbled him in the second and knocked him down again in the fourth before referee Ricky Vera stopped the bout at 1:29. Dyer's record rises to 6-1, four KO's while Lugo is 0-2.
Also, Baltimore light heavyweight Travis "Holy" Toledo registered a second-round TKO over Tahlik Taylor of Freeport, NY. Toledo knocked Taylor down twice in the second before referee Harvey Dock called the bout off at 2:02. Toledo is now 2-0, two KO's while Taylor drops 3-12-1, one KO.