Steve Vukosa, 42, defeats surging Joe Cusumano
On Friday night at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island, 42 year old Steve Vukosa beat Joe Cusumano.
With the win, Vukosa (Boxrec's No. 183 heavyweight/ 46 in the US) improves to 12-1, 4 KO while Cusumano (Boxrec's No. 215 heavyweight / 56 in US) drops to 18-3, 16 KO.
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The final scores were 76-75 (twice) and 77-74, for Vukosa.
According to FightNews.com. Vukosa landed the cleaner, more effective shots and defended better than his foe. He also floored Cusumano in Round 3 with a right hook.
Danville, Virginia's Cusumano, 31, entered the bout having won three in a row and 14 of his last 15.
Dubbed 'Gentle Giant,' Vukosa is an oddity in the sport. He was a 2000 National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion and was once trained by the legendary Freddie Roach but we haven't heard a lot about him through the years.
He debuted in June 2001, was a sparring partner for fight great James Toney and went 8-0 over the first 11 months of his career before taking a 12 year hiatus from boxing.
He returned in July 2014, defeating a formidable Jason Estrada (then 20-4). He fought again that year and once in 2015 before taking a 3 1/2 year sabbatical before returning last month to defeat Justine Rolfe (then 1-0). Friday night's bout was just the 3rd for Vukosa since February 2015.