NEW YORK (August 29, 2023) -Split-T Management fighters turned in impressive outings over the weekend.
Friday night in Atlanta, Andreas Katzourakis came off the deck to score an eighth and final round stoppage over Raphael Igbokwe in a middleweight contest.
Just 30 seconds into the fight, Igbokwe dropped Katzourakis with a short left.
That was short lived as Katzourakis turned things around and started to take control of the fight as early as round two.
In round five, Katzourakis had a big round as he hurt Igbokwe several times with big flurries. In round eight, Katzourakis poured on the pressure and landed 11 unanswered and flush shots that forced a referee stoppage at 2:18.
The performance from Katzourakis drew great reviews from fans who were commenting on social media, as most were looking forward to seeing the Greek warrior in action very soon.
Katzourakis, 160 lbs of Athens, GRE is now 11-0 with nine knockouts. Igbokwe, 160 lbs of Houston, TX is 16-5.
Donte Layne made a terrific pro debut by stopping Nathan Mitchell in the opening round of their four-round super middleweight bout.
In round one, Layne dumped Mitchell on the canvas with a hard left hand. Seconds later, Layne landed another hard left hand to the head that put Mitchell down and out at 2:29.
Layne, 166.8 lbs of Elmhurst, NY is 1-0 with one knockout. Mitchell, 166 lbs of Tupelo, MS is 0-2-1.
The 20 year-old Layne is a native of Elmont, New York.
Layne began boxing at the age of eight after his family would have backyard fights, and young Donte wanted to go to the gym.
Layne had an 85 fight amateur career that saw him go 74-11. He won the 2015 and 2017 Junior Olympics as well as a 2017 Silver Gloves title. Layne also won four U.S. National titles, which included the 2021 Elite National Championship and the 2022 Elite National Golden Gloves and National Championship.
He competed at 165 pounds and will campaign as a super middleweight in the professional ranks.
The 6’1″ Layne is trained by Anthony Santiago and Kenyatta Harris.
Mitchell of Senatobia, Mississippi is 0-1-1.
Saturday night San Juan, Puerto Rico, featherweight Yan Santana kept his perfect knockout streak intact as he stopped previously undefeated Jostin Ortiz Maysonet in round one of their six-round bout.
With the win, the 23 year-old native of La Romana, Dominican Republic is 9-0 with nine knockouts. Maysonet is the third straight undefeated fighter to fall to the emerging Santana and he is now 4-1.
Saturday night at The Showboat in Atlantic City, Split-T Management’s Christopher Pearson battled to a 10-round split draw with Derrick Webster in fight for the NBA Super Middleweight world title.
The bout was closely contested with Pearson landing the harder blows and very good body work.
Each fighter won a card 96-94 and a third card was even at 95-95.
Pearson is now 17-3-1. Webster is 29-4-1.