Unbeaten Jr. Welterweight Mykquan Williams scored a convincing ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Yeis Solano on Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. In what was a grueling fight fought primarily in close, Williams gradually got the better of the action as the fight progressed landing body shots, uppercuts to the head, and seemingly making the most of openings Solano gave him. The turning point came in round eight when Williams landed a jab to the right shoulder of Solano knocking him down.
In the final round, Solano was deducted a point for a low blow. Moments later, Referee Danny Schiavone ruled a knockdown against Williams when both fighters went down after appearing to get their legs tangled. Although no punch from Solano appeared to land, the ruling of a knockdown appeared to stand until the final bell. What can only be described as a bizarre twist occurred after the final bell and the end of the ten round bout when it was indicated that no point deduction was officially rendered against Solano for the low blow early in the tenth round and no official knockdown was scored later in the round against Williams. While it is unclear as of this writing as to whether the decrees following the bout came from Schiavone or from a Connecticut athletic commission official, it proved to have no barring on the outcome as all three official judges scored the fight unanimously in favor of Williams. Official scores were: 97-92, and 96-93 (On two scorecards) in favor of Williams. Mykquan Williams advances to 16-0-1, with 7 Knockouts. Yeis Solano falls to 15-1, with 10 Knockouts.
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Unbeaten Jr. Lightweights Aram Avagyan and Jose Nunez fought to an eight round majority draw. A fight that saw several shifts in momentum, both fighters were able to have their share of moments. Nunez seemed to get his punches, which often came in combinations off with more consistency. As the fight progressed however, Avagyan’s pressure and ability to push Nunez back against the ropes frequently appeared to be the tactics that allowed him to keep the fight close. At the conclusion of the eight round bout one of three official judges scored the fight 77-75 in favor of Nunez. This was overruled however, scored the fight even 76-76 resulting in the majority draw. Aram Avagyan advances to 10-0-2, with 4 Knockouts. Jose Nunez advances to 11-0-2, with 4 Knockouts.
A scheduled eight round Featherweight bout between Martino Jules and Pedro Marquez was pulled in the hours prior to the card due to Marquez being deemed unable to compete due to a non-COVID-19- related illness. As of this writing there is no word regarding Marquez’ condition. We will keep readers updated on any developments as they become available.
On a day in the United States that began with the inauguration of the forty-sixth President of the United States Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the first woman ever elected Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, January 20, 2021 in the Boxing world will also be known as the day that Showtime Sports’ popular ShoBox: The New Generation series began its twentieth year on television.
As has been the cornerstone of the series for now twenty years, this card featured what proved to be four evenly matched prospects, all of whom entered unbeaten and each looking to take the next step towards world title contention in their respective careers. Although there is frankly some questions that should be answered in regard to what exactly went on as far as the rulings of Referee Danny Schiavone in the tenth round of the Williams-Solano bout, an argument could be made for each of the two bouts on this card seeing rematches down the line. Given the current circumstances of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and seeing as all television and streaming networks involved regularly in Boxing are continuing to seek content for their respective viewers/subscribers, it may not be a bad idea to see how quickly return bouts of these two fights can be made assuming of course that neither of the four fighters will require much time to recuperate after what were two competitive battles. With times continuing to be uncertain due largely to the ongoing global epidemic, it may be a question of when and not if rematches of these two bouts are signed especially given the struggle many fighters have faced in securing opposition since Boxing began to resume in June of last year. We simply have to wait and see what will be in store for these four prospects in their next bouts whenever they might take place.
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