City Boxing's Denis Grachev Stops Caminero
July 9, 2011
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) picked up the WBC Inter-Continental belt via
a third-round stoppage victory over Eddie “Thunder” Caminero (7-5, 7 KOs). Picking off his wild-swinging
opponent with crisper, stronger shots, Grachev steadily increased his output going into the third round,
dazing Caminero along the ropes. Referee Frank Gentile jumped in to stop the action at 1:29 of the round,
much to the chagrin of Caminero and the vocal crowd.
Russian-born light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) of San Diego plundered the
vacant WBC Inter-Continental belt with his 3rd-round stoppage over Eddie “Thunder” Caminero (7-5, 7 KOs)
of Lawrence, Massachusetts in the 10-round main event. Grachev, the 28-year old former two-time World
Kickboxing champion, continues to win on the road– scoring successive prior victories against former
unbeaten fighters Vladine Biosse in Connecticut and Haitian Azea Augustama in Miami.
Caminero, a Puerto Rican puncher who likens his style to former champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad, started the
action with wide-swinging power shots to Grachev’s body. The taller Russian took these shots in stride,
using superior balance and footwork to locate his range and score lead right hands upstairs. Caminero came
out blasting in the second round, winging power shots that often left him off balance when Grachev stepped
to his side. The two men exchanged thudding right hands but Grachev followed his up with three crisp left
hooks to the head and body to give him the first two rounds on the scorecards.
The third round showcased an accelerated attack from Grachev, who started mixing in right uppercuts to his
arsenal. Caminero felt these shots and started backing away for a reprieve. However, The “Pirate” gave no
quarter and stepped on the gas with crushing right hands and a double jab, straight right-left hook-right
cross combo to leave Caminero treading water along the ropes. Referee Frank Gentile jumped in to wave off
the surging Russian’s assault, much to the vocal disdain of Caminero and most of the crowd. It seemed an
academic point as the dazed Puerto Rican stopped returning fire and faced another half-round of punishment
when Gentile stepped in at 1:29 in the third.
Grachev commented afterwards: “I was ready for knockout, but referee didn’t give me much time. He saved
the guy.” Now that he holds a regional belt in the talent-laden light heavyweight division, Grachev predicts:
“I’m going to the top, for world title.” Given his penchant for pounding out victories away from home, the trip
should be fun to watch.
- Press Release courtesy of City Boxing
- Photos courtesy of City Boxing