NORTHEAST GLENDALE — The man known as "The Crazy Russian" never lost his cool on Friday night, skillfully surviving eight action-filled rounds with a driven Javier Gallo until lowering the boom in the ninth round to earn a technical knockout victory.
Khabir Suleymanov improved to 11-0 and claimed the vacant North American Boxing Organization bantamweight title in the 10-round main event of Glendale Glory 3, the latest in a series of local promotions that once again managed to draw a large crowd to the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
"I feel great, I'm not tired, not at all," said Suleymanov, who earned his fifth win by knockout. "I expected I was going to knock him out in the sixth round. …He was really tougher than I thought."
Suleymanov won the first two rounds, but Gallo (17-2-1) began to pick up steam, igniting his large rooting section in the third round with some combinations. By the end of the fifth round, both fighters were streaming blood from cuts near the eye.