Former middleweight boxing title challenger Curtis Stevens (30-6, 22 KOs), best known for giving us this priceless facial expression after being dropped by Gennady Golovkin, traveled to the Dominican Republic last weekend to take on local fighter Carlos Jairo Cruz (18-3, 12 KOs). Stevens won by fourth-round stoppage, much to the displeasure of the local fans, and suddenly all hell broke loose.
As you can see and hear in the video below (via JuliusJulianis), fans rioted by invading the ring and charging at both Stevens and veteran referee Steve Smoger, with many hurling plastic chairs throughout the venue. Gunshots were also fired inside the Gimnasio Multiuso Nani Marrero, although no one knows what prompted that incident.
OMG!!! Menudo cristo se montó tras el combate de Curtis Stevens ayer en República Dominicana:
¡¡Batalla campal tanto invadiendo el ring como en ringside!!
¡Incluso suenan varios disparos de pistola! pic.twitter.com/kgHnrKCdV4
— JuliusJulianis (@julianisjulius) July 23, 2018
According to Boxing Scene, police arrived and dispersed the crowd using tear gas. Reports have circulated that as many as 15 were injured at the event.
This card was promoted by Cruz y Rodriguez Promotions, co-founded by José Aníbal Cruz, who is the brother of Carlos Jairo Cruz.
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