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Updated: April 3, 2014 7:10AM



HAMMOND — Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez didn’t even give his opponent Jimmy “The British Assassin” Campbell a chance to unload any sort of weaponry on him.

Jimenez had Campbell on the ground 30 seconds into the fight and knocked down the Indianapolis resident a second time 26 seconds later. That’s when the referee called the fight and signaled Jimenez’s 10th career knockout to go along with his perfect 13-0 mark.

The fans went nuts too as they stood and gave the Chicago fighter one of the loudest cheers of the night as Jimenez thanked them for coming out and supporting him at Friday Night Fights as part of a 10-bout night at The Venue inside Horseshoe Casino.

“I just went into beast mode, man,” Jimenez said of his victory. “I just trained so hard for this and I caught him with a real hard punch.”

It was Jimenez’s sixth victory (fifth by knockout) at the Horseshoe Casino and second win in 2014. He fought Derrick Findley for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All America super middleweight title on Sept. 13, 2013 at The Venue but the bout was recorded a “no contest” when Findley’s drug test came back positive for a prohibited drug, according to boxrec.com.

Jimenez is hoping to get another shot at the title.

“We’ll just keep following the game plan,” he said. “I’m just so excited about the future.”

Highland resident Fidel Navarette went six rounds with old sparring buddy Sergio Montes de Oca in the featherweight division before the fight was called a majority draw. Navarette was disappointed he didn’t win but escaped with the draw after what looked like a victory for Montes de Oca.

An accidental head butt caused Navarette to bleed heavily in the fifth and sixth rounds. He was also knocked down by accidental contact twice in the sixth. But two of the three judges thought it was an even match.

“(The knockdowns were) accidental; he hit me a couple times in the head,” said Navarette, who is now 4-0 with two draws. “After the cut (in the fifth round), I wanted to knock him out. I didn’t want it to influence the judges.

“I know he’s a warrior and I want to fight guys like him to prove myself.”

Earlier in the night, ESPN2 televised four bouts that featured some of the top fighters in the middleweight division. Friday night’s winners advance to the semifinals on April 18 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y., for the chance to win the 2014 Boxcino middleweight tournament.

Those advancing were: Vitaliy Kopylenko (23-0, 13 KOs), Willie Monroe, Jr. (16-1, 6 KOs), Brandon Adams (13-0, 9 KOs) and Raymond Gatica (14-2, 9 KOs). Kopylenko will take on Monroe, Jr. in one semifinal, while Adams will challenge Gatica in the other to advance to the championship bout on Friday, May 23.

Local boxer Russell “Rocky” Fiore (11-2, 7 KOs) of Chicago also scored victory with a four-round unanimous decision over Tim Carrizales on Friday night.



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