The CyberBoxingZone News

Steve Waldman

April 14, 2000

Denver Athletic Club
Denver, Colo.

A sellout crowd of 350 turned out for a fundraiser for Denver's Twentieth Street Gym, the city's oldest recreation center. The gym was built in 1908. The card, staged at the Denver Athletic Club, was organized as a corporate event - starting at $100 per ticket.

The show lacked a true main event but nonetheless provided some entertaining moments. The opener was a bout that should have taken place about seven years ago, as Mark Fernandez, 146, earned a six-round unanimous decision over Bobby Brewer, 139.5 in a battle of faded Denver favorites. Fernandez, 37, took a seven-fight losing streak into the bout. Brewer, 36, had not fought in more than five years, and also was riding a seven-bout losing streak.

Brewer started strong, capturing the first two rounds, but Fernandez found his range in the third and controlled the action from that point. A short right dropped Brewer to a knew in the sixth, but he arose to finish the bout. Fernandez improved to 34-23-1 (14 KOs). Brewer's record dropped to 16-19 (9).

Middleweight prospect Andrey Tsurkan, 158, easily improved to 8-0 (7), stopping reluctant Ed Humes, 158, Kansas City, Mo., with a sweeping left hook to the body at 2:01 of the opening round of a scheduled four. Tsurkan is a Ukrainian fighting out of Scottsdale, Ariz. Humes' dropped to 3-13-1 (0).

In the card's only women's bout, Denver's Tracy Moulton, 117, made short work of Norfolk, Virginia's Rebecca Collins, 115. Collins was cut during the bout's opening seconds, likely from a butt. Moulton applied pressure and quickly dropped Collins with a short right uppercut. Collins arose on wobbly legs, and referee Margarito Berzoza smartly waved the bout off at 1:03 of the first round. Moulton improved to 4-3-1 (2). Collins fell to 1-1 (1).

Stephan Henderson, 146.5, Littleton, overcame a first-round knockdown to win his pro debut, a four-round majority decision over Robert Manore, 150, Durango. Henderson was tight early and paid the price as Manore dropped him early. Henderson collected himself and won the remaining three rounds on two of the scorecards. All four rounds were closely contested. Manore's record is 1-7-1 (1).

Bulgarian Konstantin Semerdjiev, a light-heavyweight based in Scottsdale, posted a hard-earned six-round unanimous verdict over Jason Dietrich, 178, Lincoln, Neb. Semerdjiev, 178, relentlessly pressured Dietrich throughout, administering heavy punishment to the body in every round. Dietrich proved to tough as he never caved in to the onslaught and managed to nail Semerdjiev with some nice counters. Semerdjiev, who holds an early-career win over newly-crowned WBA super middleweight champ Bruno Girard, improved to 19-5 (14). Dietrich dropped to 4-6 (1).

Arthur Cruz, 145.8, Denver and Tony Duran, 145, Denver, fought a four-round exhibition. Cruz is 9-6 (5); Duran is 13-23-2.

Mark Fernandez, 146, Denver, W-UD-6 Bobby Brewer, 139.5, Denver
Fernandez 34-23-1 (14 KOs); Brewer 16-19 (9 KOs)

Andrey Tsurkan, 158, Scottsdale, Ariz./Mogansk, Ukraine, W-TKO-1 (2:01) Ed Humes, 158, Kansas City, Mo.
Tsurkan 8-0 (7); Humes 3-13-1 (0)

Tracy Moulton, 117, Denver, W-TKO-1 (1:03) Rebecca Collins, 115, Norfolk, Va.
Moulton 4-3-1 (2); Collins 1-1 (1)

Stephan Henderson, 146.5, Littleton, W-MD-4 Robert Manore, 150, Durango
Henderson 1-0 (0); Manore 1-7-1 (1)

Konstantin Semerdjiev, 179, Scottsdale, Ariz./Sofia, Bulgaria, W-UD-6 Jason Di etrich, 178, Lincoln, Neb.
Semerdjiev 19-5 (14); Dietrich 4-6 (1)

Arthur Cruz, 145.8, Denver, EXH-4 Tony Duran, 145, Denver
Cruz 9-6 (5), Duran 13-23-2

Promoter: Denver Athletic Club
Matchmaker: Steve Mestas
Referees: Margarito Berzoza, Curtis Thrasher, Ed Walsh
Judges: Ed Kugler, Joe Mason, John Maydan, Tyrone Short, Steve Waldman, Ed Walsh
Commissioner in Charge: Ed Avila, Nebraska State Athletic Commission
Supervised by: Nebraska Athletic Commission in association with the Colorado Boxing Alliance
CBA Executive Administrator: Woody Kislowski
Physicians: Dr. Jason Krutsch, Dr. Peter Nicholson
Inspector: Lee Peters
Timekeeper: John Ulibarri
Knockdowns: John Ulibarri
Tally Judge: Jim Donahue
Announcer: Ed Thomas
Attendance: 350 (sell-out)


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