Vargas tops Allakhverdiev; wins title

• Southpaw middleweight Esquiva Falcao (2-0, 1 KO), the 24-year-old 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Brazil, laid a beating on Publio Pena (2-2, 1 KO), 31, of Providence, R.I., to win a shutout six-round decision. Two judges had it 60-54 and the third had it 60-53, giving Falcao a 10-8 round without a knockdown. That's how dominant Falcao was. He hammered Pena for virtually the entire fight, landing all kinds of head and body shots with both hands.

• Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (21-0, 14 KOs), 32, of Long Beach, N.Y., plowed through Joe McCreedy (15-7-2, 6 KOs), 29, of Lowell, Mass., using a ruthless body attack to score a fifth-round knockout. Monaghan dropped McCreedy three times, all on body punches, once in the third round and twice more in the fifth round. When McCreedy went down for the second time in the fifth, referee Jay Nady waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 25 seconds. Monaghan is due back in the ring June 14 on the Ruslan Provodnikov-Chris Algieri undercard at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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