Minto dominates Karam
By Brian Gorman, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 30, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
In the main event at Ghost Riders entertainment center in Butler, Pa., hometowner Brian "the Beast" Minto (35-4, 22 KOs), 198, busted up Australia's Pierre Karam (18-40-1, 6 KOs), 200, over two rounds before Karam's corner stopped the bout.

In the first round, Karam was badly rocked with a huge left hook but managed to survive the round, despite being pounded throughout. Minto sustained a cut on his forehead in the first round from an accidental headbutt, but it did not adversely affect his second round attack.

Minto spent the second and final round bullying Karam against the ropes and timing the taller man with a straight right during the few moments spent in the middle of the ring.

Afterwards, Minto credited his opponent as a good defensive boxer but said he could see that the Australian was done after the second round. According to Minto, who appeared in terrific condition while seeming to retain his strength in his second cruiserweight (200 lb.) fight, he may travel to Germany for a bout before the end of the year.

In the main undercard bout, Joe Luketic, Kittanning, Pa. (1-0, 1 KO), 150, swarmed Cliff Gregory, Farrell, Pa., (1-7-4), 146 in the second round and worked him over until Gregory lost his mouthpiece. After that punishment, referee Rick Steigerwald then stopped the bout.

In the opening pro bout, Philadelphia's Greg Hackett (1-3), 170, used his speed, movement and superior boxing to outpoint Pittsburgh's John Fairley (0-3), 165. Judges Alexis Pierce and Dana DiPaolo scored it 40-36 and George Kachulis had it 39-37, all for Hackett. Steigerwald was the referee.

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