Friday, November 27, 2015

Klitschko-Fury Preview

The next step in Wladimir Klitschko’s march towards Boxing history will take place on Saturday night in Dusseldorf, Germany when Klitschko will make the nineteenth defense of his unified IBF/WBO/WBA/IBO Heavyweight world championship against undefeated IBF number one contender Tyson Fury at the ESPRIT Arena. In his last title defense, Klitschko defeated a very “Game” challenger in previously unbeaten top contender Bryant Jennings via twelve round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.

Klitschko, will now prepare to face his third straight undefeated challenger in the form of 6’9 Tyson Fury. Fury, unbeaten in twenty-four professional fights will have a rare height and reach advantage over the 6’6 Klitschko. Fury will come into this fight off of an eighth round stoppage of Christian Hammer in February of this year. Although Fury will have a four-inch reach advantage and a three-inch height advantage over Klitschko, Klitschko will have a significant edge in terms of experience having fought in sixty-seven professional fights.

Klitschko has defeated sixty-four of his sixty-seven opponents in his career. Although all of the champion’s losses have come by knockout, it is important to remember that he has been undefeated for over eleven years having not suffered a defeat since his first fight against former WBO Heavyweight world champion Lamon Brewster in April 2004.

The question I have as this fight approaches is how Fury will respond in his first world championship fight. Although he will enjoy an advantage in terms of height and reach over Klitschko, there have been fighters who have froze up in their first opportunity at a world championship. There is little doubt that the crowd support will likely be in favor of the champion who has fought many of his fights in Germany. In an arena that holds over 50,000 spectators as the ESPRIT Arena does it will be interesting to see how the challenger will respond to the atmosphere.

One may also wonder how Klitschko will respond to the rare occasion that he does not have a height or reach advantage over his opponent. Many opponents have been bedeviled by Klitschko’s ability to land his jab followed by a straight right hand. Klitschko has dominated many opponents with the one-two combination and this observer has no doubt that the combination will remain a significant weapon in Klitschko’s arsenal in this fight.

Both fighters have significantly high knockout percentages entering this fight. The champion has scored knockouts in fifty-three of his sixty-four career victories registering a career knockout percentage of 79%. Fury has scored knockouts in eighteen of his twenty-four career victories registering a career knockout percentage of 75%. Although sometimes statistics turn out to be merely statistics, when you have two fighters going against each other with each having stopped 75% or greater of their opposition it suggests that the fight might not go the distance.

It will be interesting to see if Fury is not fazed by the atmosphere of the event when he gets in the ring against Klitschko to see if he will have an answer to avoid the Klitschko one-two. Even though this is Fury’s first opportunity at a world championship, he has been tested thus far in his career with victories over the likes of former world title challengers Dereck Chisora and Kevin Johnson. Fury also showed in his fight against former IBF Cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham in April 2013 that he can get up off the canvas to win a fight.

If Klitschko can get inside of Fury’s reach and land his offense more than occasionally on the challenger, Fury could well find himself in a scenario similar to the one he was in against Cunningham in having to get up from a knockdown. In contrast, it will be interesting to see if the challenger can find a way to hurt Klitschko. One might argue that one of the reasons why Wladimir Klitschko has been as dominant a fighter as he has been over the last decade has been due in large part to his ability to not only use his technique and fundamentals to dominate his opposition, but also the ability to use his physical advantages to avoid being put in positions where he could be stunned and/or hurt by an opponent’s punches.

This will be a rare time where Klitschko will not be facing someone who is shorter than he is and will be looking up at his opponent. It will be interesting to see whether Klitschko will be able to defend himself from Fury’s offense in a similar way as he has against previous opponents, despite being at a disadvantage in terms of height and reach.

As dominant as Klitschko has been however, at thirty-nine years old one may wonder how much longer he will be able to dominate the Heavyweight division. It is true that fighters such as Archie Moore, George Foreman, and of course, Bernard Hopkins have shown that it is possible for fighters to still compete at the top of the sport well beyond the age of forty. If Klitschko can continue what may turn out to be a historic championship reign in his second reign as Heavyweight world champion his name will surely join that list.

For the twenty-seven year old Tyson Fury he may just be entering his physical prime and if he can establish a quick pace from the outset and find a way to make Klitschko uncomfortable, this may be the fight that will answer whether Klitschko can fight at a high pace at thirty-nine years old after having stamina problems early in his career. Whether or not Fury will be able to provide Klitschko with a significant test remains to be seen.

As Klitschko has continued his march towards Boxing history with each successful title defense one could question whether Klitschko will indeed be able to break the record set by Joe Louis of twenty-five successful title defenses of the World Heavyweight championship, the most in any weight division in the history of the sport, which he set between 1937-1949. If Klitschko is successful against Fury it will put him one successful title defense away from tying Larry Holmes’ mark of twenty successful title defenses of his Heavyweight world championship, which he compiled between 1978-1985.

There is no doubt regardless of what happens when Klitschko defenses title against Fury on Saturday night that Wladimir as well as his brother, the retired Vitali Klitschko will go down in history as two of the greatest and most dominant Heavyweight champions in the history of the sport. It remains to be seen however, whether Wladimir will be able to cement his legacy by potentially challenging the record of Joe Louis which has stood for sixty-six years. We will see if Klitschko’s march towards history will continue on Saturday night.

“And That’s the Boxing Truth.”

Klitschko vs. Fury takes place on Saturday, November 28th at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. In the United States the fight can be seen on HBO Sports at 4:45PM ET/PT. HBO Sports will replay the fight later that evening at 10:15PM ET/PT. In the United Kingdom, the fight will be televised on pay-per-view by Sky Box Office at 7 PM (Local UK Time). For more information about availability in the United Kingdom please visit: Check your listings internationally.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Premier Boxing Champions 11/25/2015 Results

IBO Jr. Middleweight world champion Erislandy Lara successfully made the first defense of his world title with a dominant third round stoppage of former IBF Welterweight world champion Jan Zaveck on Wednesday night at Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Hialeah, FL.  A fight card that was significantly impacted by rain and caused a delay of the fight, Lara wasted no time in his bout against Zaveck once the green light was given for the bout to take place.

Lara began this fight fighting in the pocket and not using as much lateral movement as is usually his norm, perhaps due to the condition of the ring canvas that was covered with a tarp during the weather delay. Lara’s accurate counter punching and hand speed were simply too much for Zaveck, who was staggered by a straight left hand midway through the first round.

Lara continued picking his spots in the second round throwing and landing his punches in between Zaveck’s wide punches. Lara would stagger Zaveck for the second time with a straight left hand in the closing seconds of round two. 

A combination by Lara early in round three would cause Zaveck to momentarily extend his hand as if he wanted to touch gloves with Lara before turning his back as Lara continued to throw punches causing Referee Telis Assimenios to step in and stop the fight. It was revealed shortly after the fight that Zaveck had said that a punch from Lara to the right side of his neck caused a spasm in his shoulder. Official time of the stoppage was :41 of round three.

Erislandy Lara advances to 22-2-2, with 13 Knockouts. Jan Zaveck falls to 35-4, with 19 Knockouts.

Also on this card undefeated rising Bantamweight prospect Manny Rodriguez scored a seventh round stoppage over Eliezer Aquino.  Rodriguez was in control of this fight from the opening bell with his combination punching and not allowing Aquino to get on the inside where he could land offense.  As the fight progressed rain resumed, but it did not prevent Rodriguez from continuing to dominate the combat or the fight from continuing.

In the third round Rodriguez would score a knockdown of Aquino with a right hand. Aquino was penalized a point in round seven for spitting out his mouth piece. The fight would be stopped later in the round by Referee Sam Burgos. Official time of the stoppage was 2:44 of round three.

Manny Rodriguez advances to 14-0, with 10 Knockouts. Eliezer Aquino falls to 17-2-1, with 11 Knockouts.

In the Jr. Middleweight division Daquan Arnett scored a first round knockout of former Olympic Silver medalist Yudel Jhonson.  A right hand from Arnett staggered Jhonson and a follow-up combination sent Jhonson to the canvas midway through round one.  A right hand from Arnett sent Jhonson to the canvas for the second time later in the round. Jhonson was able to beat the count, but got up on unsteady legs prompting Referee James Warring to stop the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 2:47 of round one.

Daquan Arnett advances to 15-1, with 9 Knockouts.  Yudel Jhonson falls to 17-3, with 9 Knockouts.

In other bouts:

Heavyweight John Nofire (19-0, with 15 Knockouts) KO1 over Yasmany Consuegra (17-3, with 14 Knockouts) Official time 2:59 of round one.

Jr. Welterweight Jose Quezada (9-0, with 6 Knockouts) TKO 2 over Daniel Lorenzana (4-7-1, with 2 Knockouts) No official time available as of this writing.

Welterweight Jeff Souffrant (2-1, with 0 Knockouts) UD 4 over Gregory Moore (1-1, with 0 Knockouts) No official scores available as of this writing.

For Erislandy Lara, who won the vacant IBO Jr. Middleweight world championship back in June of this year with a twelve round unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez, his victory over Jan Zaveck was a statement making performance in a division heading towards transition.  Lara also still holds interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Jr. Middleweight ratings.

Readers might recall my coverage of Lara’s victory over Rodriguez when I stated that Lara could be named full WBA champion, as Floyd Mayweather at the time had announced his intention to relinquish the world championships he held in both the Welterweight and Jr. Middleweight divisions.  Mayweather has since retired from active competition following his victory over Andre Berto in September of this year. Despite Mayweather’s retirement, he is still as of this writing recognized as WBA Jr. Middleweight world champion.

It will be interesting to see whether the World Boxing Association (WBA) will name Lara full WBA champion before the end of 2015.  If Lara is indeed designated full WBA champion as fighters who hold interim/regular status are normally designated in the event of a champion either relinquishing the championship or being stripped of it, Lara will become a unified world champion in the Jr. Middleweight division.

Although Lara’s fight with Rodriguez was not advertised as being for the International Boxing Organization’s (IBO) Jr. Middleweight world championship, it will be interesting to see whether the organization will mandate Lara to face a top contender in its Jr. Middleweight ratings.  Current IBO number one contender Saul Alvarez successfully moved up in weight last week and defeated Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBC Middleweight world championship.

Lara, who lost to Alvarez in a razor thin split decision in July of last year would likely entertain the possibility of a rematch if the opportunity for one is made available.  This observer believes it may be more likely that Alvarez will defend his Middleweight world championship in a unification bout with undefeated unified WBA/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin in the near future rather than seek a rematch at this point against Lara.

For the moment as one of three active world champions currently in the Jr. Middleweight division, Erislandy Lara has made a strong argument for himself as being the number one Jr. Middleweight in the world.  How the division landscape will play out following Floyd Mayweather’s retirement remains to be seen.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thoughts on Cotto-Alvarez

On November 21st the focus of the Boxing world centered on the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV for the much-anticipated battle between multi-division world champion Miguel Cotto and former WBC Jr. Middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Much of the focus in the week leading up to the fight centered on the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) decision to withdraw its recognition of Miguel Cotto as its Middleweight world champion for Cotto’s failure to comply with the WBC’s rules and regulations and ruling that the championship would be on the line for Alvarez only.

Despite much of the attention being focused on the subject of the WBC Middleweight world championship prior to the fight, the sport of Boxing was treated to a fight that lived up to expectations when Cotto and Alvarez squared off in the ring. For twelve rounds two of Boxing’s biggest stars engaged in a closely fought tactical battle.

Many of the rounds in this fight were extremely close and difficult to score. In many ways, the bout was the definition of what most associate with a close fight. Both fighters having their share of moments in almost every round and neither really taking a backward step. When it comes to close fights where both fighters are able to have their moments however, the challenge for the three official judges scoring the fight as well as fans watching the fight is to see and determine which fighter is able to be more effective with their offense.

Cotto was the more active of the two fighters and was effective in his use of lateral movement as a way to both set up his offense and defend himself from Alvarez’ punches. Alvarez however, was the more accurate of the two fighters and seemed to land the more effective punches. Although Cotto was more active throughout much of this fight and landed his share of offense, he was not really able to hurt Alvarez, back him up, or discourage Alvarez from coming forward.

As the fight progressed, Alvarez’ naturally bigger size, ability to absorb Cotto’s offense, ability to continue to apply pressure on Cotto and land the more effective punches of the two gradually became the difference in the fight. In the eyes of this observer, Alvarez was able to win several close rounds simply by landing punches that did more damage even though Cotto was more active.

A tactical Boxing match from the opening bell until the final bell where each fighter is able to have periods of effectiveness is bound to create a difference of opinion not only in terms of who won the fight, but particularly in how the fight is scored. Unofficially, I scored this fight eight rounds to four or 116-112 in points for Saul Alvarez.

Although the score may appear lopsided and not accurate in terms of what is considered a close fight, it is important to remember that fights are scored on a round by round basis. Even though many of the rounds in this fight were very close, Alvarez seemed to be more effective than Cotto in executing his offense. This ultimately was the basis for my scorecard and how I arrived with an 8-4 margin in favor of Alvarez.

The three official Judges Burt Clements, John McKaie, and Dave Moretti turned in slightly wider scores at the end of the twelve round championship bout. John McKaie scored the fight 117-111 or 9-3 in rounds, Burt Clements turned in a score of 118-110, or 10-2 in rounds, and Dave Moretti scored the bout 119-109, or 11-1 in rounds all in favor of Alvarez. Even though there have been some in the days following the fight that have called the scoring controversial and/or believe that Cotto did enough to win the fight based on outworking Alvarez over the course of twelve rounds, this observer believes the decision was accurate although I believe the bout was closer than how judges Clements and Moretti scored it.

With the victory, Alvarez won the WBC Middleweight world championship in what should be viewed as the biggest win of his career thus far. As for what is next for Alvarez, it is logical to assume that a battle against unified WBA/IBO Middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin may be in the near future. Golovkin also holds interim championship status in the WBC’s Middleweight ratings per his victory in a defense of his unified world championship over previously top rated WBC contender Marco Antonio Rubio in October of last year.

Whether or not the WBC will mandate a unification bout between Alvarez and Golovkin to take place sometime in 2016 remains to be seen. It will also be interesting to see whether the WBA or IBO will mandate Golovkin to face a mandatory contender in either sanctioning organization’s respective ratings before a bout with Alvarez can take place.

It will also be interesting to see how the upcoming Middleweight bout between top contender Daniel Jacobs and former undefeated WBO Middleweight world champion Peter Quillin on December 5th may factor into potential plans for a Golovkin-Alvarez unification clash. Jacobs currently holds interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Middleweight ratings and one might argue that the winner of that fight could be mandated by the WBA to face Golovkin at some point in the future.

If a bout between Golovkin and Alvarez does not take place in the near future, it may be possible that a potential rematch between Alvarez and Cotto could take place regardless of whether Alvarez’ world championship is on the line. The fight between Cotto and Alvarez was very competitive and this observer believes a rematch between the two would be embraced by Boxing fans and experts alike.

Although it remains unclear as of this writing as to how successful the fight did in terms of pay-per-view buys, it was successful in providing an entertaining close battle between two of the sport’s biggest stars. A claim that cannot be made for some of the sport’s recent major pay-per-view attractions. Why not entertain the possibility of a chapter two between Alvarez and Cotto?

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cotto-Alvarez Weigh-In Results

The official weigh-in for the highly anticipated bout between multi-division world champion Miguel Cotto and former WBC Jr. Middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez took place on Friday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Pay-Per-View Bouts:

Main Event: Vacant WBC Middleweight world championship – 12Rds.

Miguel Cotto* 153lbs.    vs.          Saul Alvarez 155lbs.

*Cotto was stripped of the WBC world championship earlier this week for non-compliance with WBC Rules and Regulations. Championship on the line for Alvarez only.

WBC Jr. Lightweight world championship – 12Rds.
Takashi Miura (Champion) 130lbs. vs.     Francisco Vargas (Challenger) 129lbs.

Featherweight – 10Rds.
Jayson Velez 125lbs.       vs.          Ronny Rios 125lbs.

Jr. Featherweight – 10 Rds.
Guillermo Rigondeaux 121lbs.  vs.            Drian Francisco 121lbs.

Undercard Bouts: To be streamed via Ring TV App and

Heavyweight – 4Rds.
Zhilei Zhang 264lbs. vs. Juan Goode 244lbs.

Featherweight – 6Rds.
Alberto Machado 130lbs. vs. Tyrone Luckey 128lbs.

Flyweight – 6Rds.
Jose Martinez 114lbs. vs. Oscar Mojica 114lbs.

Jr. Lightweight – 4Rds.
Hector Tanajara 131lbs. Jose Naranjao 128lbs.

A scheduled twelve round fight for the IBF World Bantamweight championship between champion Randy Caballero and number one contender Lee Haskins has been cancelled. Caballero was five and a half pounds over the 118lb. Bantamweight limit and therefore lost his championship on the scale. Haskins, who holds interim championship status in the International Boxing Federation’s Bantamweight ratings will now become world champion.

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Cotto vs. Alvarez takes place on Tonight  (Saturday, November 21st) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. In the United States and Canada the fight will be televised by HBO Pay-Per-View for $69.95. The Pay-Per-View telecast will begin at 9PM ET/6PM PT. In the United Kingdom and Ireland the fight can be seen on BoxNation at Midnight (Sunday, November 22nd UK Time). Check your local listings internationally.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Borg Defeats Manihuruk

Rising Jr. Welterweight prospect Valentine Borg scored a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over veteran Roy Tua Manihuruk on Friday night at Club Punchbowl in Sydney, Australia.  In a very competitive fight Borg and Manihuruk threw punches with knockout intent from the opening bell. Borg generally was able to get his punches of first for the majority of the bout, but Manihuruk remained in the fight all the way through. After eight rounds of give and take battle Borg had done enough to earn the unanimous decision.

 Official scores were 80-72, 80-73, and 79-73 in favor of Borg.  Unofficially, I scored this fight a little closer than the official judges five rounds to three or 78-76 in favor of Borg.  This was a very competitive fight all the way through and both fighters seemed intent on ending the contest with one punch. Borg was a little more accurate with his offense and seemed to be the fighter getting the better of most of the exchanges.

Valentine Borg advances to 11-2, with 7 Knockouts. Roy Tua Manihuruk falls to 18-14-2, with 14 Knockouts.

Also on this card, in a bout for the New South Wales State Lightweight championship, champion Geroid Clancy survived a fourth round knockdown to retain his title with a convincing eight round unanimous decision over Brendan Saunders. Clancy out boxed Saunders throughout much of this fight with combination punching and lateral movement to avoid much of Saunders’ offense.

 Official scores were 79-73, 78-74, 79-75 all in favor of Clancy. Unofficially I scored this fight 78-74 in favor of Clancy. A boxer’s primary objective is to make their opponent miss and make them pay. With the exception of the knockdown in round four, Clancy landed the cleaner punches of the two and made Saunders miss frequently. This along with effective counter punching gave Clancy the edge.

Geroid Clancy advances to 5-2, with 1 Knockout. Brendan Saunders falls to 3-3-2, with 1 Knockout.

In a bout for the vacant New South Wales Welterweight championship Daniel Kennedy scored an eight round majority decision over Alex Ah Tong.  This was in this observer’s eyes one of the most competitive fights of the evening. A fight that was fought in spurts where it appeared both fighters were able to have periods of effectiveness throughout many of the rounds.

As the fight progressed, Kennedy was able to have success landing his right hand and that may well have earned him the decision on two scorecards. Official scores were 76-76, and 80-73, 79-74 in favor of Daniel Kennedy, Unofficially, I scored this fight even 76-76. From my perspective there simply was not much to separate the two fighters. Although Kennedy had clear success with his right hand during the course of this fight, Ah Tong was able to keep the fight close and seemed to answer back immediately when Kennedy would land his offense.

Daniel Kennedy advances to 3-0, with 0 Knockouts. Alex Ah Tong falls to 9-34-5, with 5 Knockouts.

In a bout for the vacant New South Wales Cruiserweight championship Paul Ogedengbe scored a first round knockout over Walter Pupu’a. Ogedengbe dropped Pupu’a with a body punch midway through the round and dropped Pupu’a for a second time moments later with a follow-up barrage. Although Pupu’a was able to get up from the second knockdown the bout was stopped by the referee.  Official time of the stoppage was 2:18 of round one.

Paul Ogedengbe advances to 4-0, with 4 Knockouts.  Walter Pupu’a falls to 12-35, with 8 Knockouts.

In a Heavyweight bout rising prospect Willie Nasio scored a third round stoppage of Clarence Tillman. Nasio controlled much of the fight with his jab. Nasio was able to hook off the jab and mix in some combinations, but wasn’t offered much resistance from Tillman who spent the majority of the fight on defense. The fight was stopped when Tillman’s corner threw in the towel in round three.  Official time of the stoppage was 1:39 of round three.

Willie Nasio advances to 8-1, with 7 Knockouts. Clarence Tillman falls to 11-25-2,  with 6 Knockouts.

In this Middleweight division Mark Lucas scored a four round unanimous decision over Joe Rea. Rea dropped Lucas with a left hook in the first round, but it was Lucas’ greater activity and accuracy with his offense that carried him to a convincing decision victory.  Official scores were 39-37, and 38-37 (on two scorecards) all in favor of Lucas. Unofficially I scored this bout 39-37 in favor of Lucas.

Sometimes it is as simple as who lands the cleaner, more effective punches. In this fight that fighter was Mark Lucas. Joe Rea simply was not able to execute much of his offense after scoring the knockdown in the first round.

Mark Lucas advances to 5-0, with 2 Knockouts. Joe Rea falls to 10-25-5, with 10 Knockouts.

Also in the Middleweight division, Zhang Yong scored a four round unanimous decision over Mark Gittins. In what was a difficult fight to score Yong’s cleaner punches were enough to earn him the decision over Gittins, who was making his professional debut after previously competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Official scores were 40-37 on all three scorecards in favor of Zhang Yong. Unofficially I scored this fight 39-37 in favor of Gittins. 

Although Yong was able to land the cleaner punches of the two, I felt Gittins won the last two rounds based on his aggression. It was never the less a competitive fight that I can see an argument for either fighter as having won it.

Zhang Yong advances to 5-4-1, with 1 Knockouts. Mark Gittins falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

In the Lightweight division Haithem Laamouz scored a six round split decision over Issaka Issah. Much like the Kennedy-Ah Tong fight, the bout between Laamouz and Issah was very difficult to score. Laamouz put a lot of energy into virtually every punch he threw and was generally the more aggressive fighter, while Issah foscued on picking his spots and trying to be more accurate with his offense in a fight where there were several “Swing rounds” where an argument could be made for either fighter having won a round. Official scores were 59-56, Laamouz, 58-57 Issah, and 59-55 in favor of Laamouz giving him the victory.

Unofficially I scored this fight even 57-57. I felt Laamouz was able to win the first three rounds based on his ability to keep Issah on the defensive. Although he did not land with every punch he threw Laamouz’ aggression was enough to win those rounds, in my opinion. In the second half of the fight, Issah’s accurate punching and combinations were the key factor in my eyes.

Haithem Laamouz advances to 5-0, with 1Knockout. Issaka Issah falls to 2-4, with 0 Knockouts.

In the Welterweight division, Mitchell Dawson scored the first victory of his career with a clear four round unanimous decision over Barry Toomey. Dawson dropped Toomey, who was making his professional debut with a combination in round one and was able to win every round on the scorecards based on clean punching and effective aggression. Official scores were 40-36, and 40-35 (on two scorecards) in favor of Dawson. Unofficially I scored this 40-35 in favor of Mitchell Dawson.

Mitchell Dawson advances to 1-1-1, with 0 Knockouts. Barry Toomey falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.

This card presented a look at fighters who range from emerging prospects to fighters in the very beginning of their careers.  Although time will tell if any of these fighters will eventually become contenders on the regional or world levels of the sport, for some of the emerging prospects such as Valentine Borg, Daniel Kennedy, and Haithem Laamouz, the fights they participated in on this card should and likely will be viewed as important steps in each fighter’s respective development. It will be interesting to see how each progresses from here.

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