Casal’s Boxing Club Super Heavyweight Roy Burns of Niagara Falls lost a disputed split decision to Buffalo’s Excell Holmes on Friday night in the five-round main event of the fourth annual Nickel City Boxing Challenge at Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway.

With the win, Holmes, 6-foot-3-inch, USA Boxing No. 2 ranked super heavyweight, retains his Western New York Super Heavyweight Championship

“It was a real war,” said Casal’s owner Lockport native Ray Casal.

“We won the fight I thought, but he’s from Buffalo and we fought in Buffalo. Roy fought a great fight, having not fought for a while. Roy won the last round big with Holmes tiring. He hurt Holmes in the third round as well with some hard body shots.”

Holmes will move on to tonight’s Super Heavyweight finals match for the coveted Nickel City belt.

Casal said Burns, 22, 5-foot-11, 217-pounds, will continue to train hard and plans to fight again shortly.

With the loss, Burns, a former karate fighter in his native Akwesasne, N.Y. and a three-time New York State Golden Gloves champion, drops to 20-7 as an amateur.

Meanwhile, two other Casal fighters, Pat Ciccarelli and Rudy Lebron, also saw action early on Friday.

Fighting at 114 pounds, Ciccarelli, 15, won his rematch against Matt Cerone in a three-round bout.

In the 119-pound weight class, Lebron dropped a four-round decision to Michael Ortiz of New York City.

Casal said three more of his fighters were slated to compete late Friday night.

Results of those fights will appear in Niagara Sunday.