Undefeated rising Lightweight prospect Omar Douglas scored a hard-fought ten round majority decision over veteran Frank De Alba on Tuesday night at The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. In what was an extremely competitive contest from start to finish it was a battle of Douglas’ aggression and looking to get on the inside of De Alba versus De Alba’s counter punching ability and attempting to catch Douglas with offense as he came forward while using lateral movement in an attempt to be an elusive target.
Both fighters were able to have periods of effectiveness in several of the rounds in this bout and there was simply not much to separate the two combatants. At the end of ten close rounds two of three official judges scored the bout in favor of Douglas giving him the victory via majority decision. Official scores were 95-95 (Even) 97-93, and 96-94 in favor of Douglas. Unofficially, I scored this bout a draw 95-95. Douglas was clearly the more aggressive of the two fighters throughout much of this fight and was able to dictate how the fight was fought by being able to stay close to De Alba and keeping him on the defensive. De Alba however, was most effective when he was able to either get his punches off first or catch Douglas with counter punches as he looked to get on the inside. In many ways, it was a bout that was essentially what the definition of a close fight should be. Both fighters being able to execute their offense in spots in almost every round and neither fighter being able to clearly stand out from the other.
Omar Douglas advances to 16-0, with 11 Knockouts. Frank De Alba falls to 17-2-2, with 6 Knockouts.
Also on this card, in a Welterweight bout undefeated prospect/knockout artist Miguel Cruz scored a seventh round stoppage of Virgil Green. Cruz sent Green to the canvas with a combination in the seventh round. Although Green was able to beat the count, Cruz did not let him off the hook as a follow- up barrage convinced Referee Benjy Esteves to step in and stop the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 1:36 of round seven.
Miguel Cruz advances to 12-0, with 11 Knockouts. Virgil Green falls to 11-4, with 4 Knockouts.
In a Light-Heavyweight bout Christopher Brooker scored a dominant eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Leo Hall. Brooker was very aggressive throughout the fight and was able to win virtually every round based on being the busier of the two and bringing the fight to his opponent. Official scores were 79-73 (On two scorecards), and 80-72 All in favor of Brooker.
Christopher Brooker advances to 7-1, with 5 Knockouts. Leo Hall falls to 8-1, with 7 Knockouts.
In other bouts:
Welterweight Jerome Conquest (4-1, with 1 Knockout) DQ2 over Christian Molina 4-2, with 3 Knockouts). Molina picked Conquest up and dropped him on the canvas in the second round. Conquest was unable to get up and thus unable to continue resulting in Molina being disqualified. Conquest was carried from the ring on a stretcher. There is no update as of this writing as to Conquest’s condition. We will keep you updated if details become available.
Light Heavyweight Earl Newman (8-0, 6 Knockouts) UD4 over Victor Kpadenou (10-9, with 5 Knockouts). Official scores 40-36 (on all three scorecards) all in favor of Newman.
Super-Middleweight Denis Douglin (20-4, with 12 Knockouts) TKO8 over Marcus Upshaw (18-16-4, with 9 Knockouts). Official time 1:53 of round eight.
Welterweight Milton Santiago (13-0, with 2 Knockouts) MD8 over Angel Hernandez (9-6-1, with 5 Knockouts). Official scores 76-76, 77-75, and 78-74 giving Santiago the victory.
Featherweight Chris Colbert (4-0, with 2 Knockouts) UD6 over Derrick Bivins (2-4-2, with 1 Knockout). Official scores 59-55, and 60-54 (on two scorecards) all in favor of Colbert.
Jr. Middleweight Junior Castillo (9-0, 9 Knockouts) TKO5 over Eduardo Flores (23-19-3, with 15 Knockouts). Fight stopped at the conclusion of round five.
Featherweight Stephen Fulton (8-0, with 3 Knockouts) MD4 over Joshua Greer Jr. (3-1-1, with 2 Knockouts). Official scores 38-38, 40-36, and 39-37 giving Fulton the victory.
This card capped off what has been an extremely successful first year of the Premier Boxing Champions series. With several networks across broadcast and cable television taking part in the series and with Fox Sports set to expand its involvement in the series by televising Premier Boxing Champions cards on the national Fox network, bringing the sport back to the network for the first time in nearly twenty years beginning on January 23, 2016, the future certainly looks bright for the Premier Boxing Champions series. This observer very much looks forward to seeing the series continue to grow in 2016.
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