ATLANTIC CITY - Patrick Majewski couldn't have predicted how his title fight would end Saturday at Bally's Atlantic City.
That doesn't mean the 32-year-old Somers Point resident left unhappy.
Majewski's bout with Chris Fitzgerald was stopped after five rounds thanks to a cut over Fitzgerald's eye, giving Majewski the vacant NABF light heavyweight title and a guaranteed top-15 spot in the WBC world rankings.
"I'm feeling good about this," said Majewski, a native of Poland. "I am, of course, a little disappointed with how it ended, but this is how it goes."
The win moves Majewski one step closer to a world-title shot.
"I just have to get back to the gym," Majewski said. "I have a lot of work to do."
The ending was anticlimactic to say the least, but Majewski was impressive in his five rounds of action.
After the two felt each other out in the first, Majewski opened up his offense as well as a large cut over Fitzgerald's left eye.
Majewski was surgical in his precision Friday, following a strong jab with a fury of combinations.
Majewski continued to work on the cut until a ringside doctor halted the fight.
Fitzgerald wasn't a big fan of the decision to stop the fight.
"You could cut off my arm and I would still fight," Fitzgerald said.
Majewski wouldn't rule out a rematch but likely will look to more impressive opponents.
Majewski was one of three locals in action Friday, along with Atlantic City's Lavarn Hervell and Osnel Charles.
Harvell doesn't expect to be on too many more undercards.
The 24-year-old Atlantic City native is looking to be a headliner.
"I'm exactly where I want to be," Harvell said.
The buzz surrounding the unbeaten (12-0) light heavyweight will only continue to grow following Saturday's first-round TKO over Mojeed Okedara at Bally's.
Harvell battered Okedara before the fight was stopped late in the first.
Harvell entered the fight following three consecutive knockouts.
"I'm coming into my power," Harvell said. "I'm learning more in every fight. I'm just growing in the sport. I've been blessed."
Charles had one of the more action-packed and controversial fights of the night with Raphael Luna.
Both sides felt they had a legitimate gripe following the fight, which was ruled a draw.
Charles came out strong to start.
"I gave up in the fifth round," Charles said. "I wasn't concentrating. I had the fight the way I wanted it the first, two, three, four rounds.
"I had the fight in the bag. I should have kept in there."
The fight didn't end in the ring, spilling over into the staging area.
The two boxers continued to insult each other on the way out of the ballroom. Even the trainers from each side were going back and forth.
"He couldn't punch," Charles said. "He had no skills. I was faster than him. I should have kept the speed the way I had it. I had too much talent for him"
It was the second straight disappointing decision for Charles following a decision loss April 14.
Harvell, Majewski and Charles are all locals currently fighting out of Atlantic City.
Harvell, in particular, was looking forward to the rest of his night after needing less than three minutes to pick up a TKO.
"I get to go out and hang out and have fun with my family," Harvell said with a smile. "It doesn't get any better than that."
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