Sunday, March 6, 2016
Ortiz,Vargas post KO's-Boxing Challenge
Jessie Vargas ended a surprisingly good fight with a knockdown just before the end of the eighth round of Sadam Ali and then finished Ali off in the ninth round to win the vacant WBO welterweight title.
Vargas had not scored a knockout in ten fights,but suddenly looks to be revitalized with a new more aggressive style...
R.L.Malpica and I each picked Ali for no points.
Luis Ortiz dropped Tony Thompson twice early before ending the fight near the end of round six.
Ortiz wasn't quite as entertaining as in his destruction of Bryant Jennings,but some of that is due to the lanky and less than active Thompson's refusing to engage..
I earned three points for Ortiz's win and KO with a bonus point for the correct round,while R.L added two.
In an untelevised bout,Oscar Escandon knocked out Robinson Castellanos in round seven.
Both of us selected Castellanos for no points..
Over on Showtime,Julian Williams became the mandatory challenger for IBF jr.middleweight champ Jermall Charlo with a seventh round stoppage of Marcelo Matano.
I earned three points for the Williams win,KO and correct round,with R.L. picking up two...
Lucas Browne moved himself further in the WBA "tournament" to clean up their heavyweight title mess with a 10th knockout of Ruslan Chagaev in Russia.
Chagaev knocked Browne down in the eighth,but couldn't finish him off.
R.L. picked Browne to win for one point as I picked Chagaev...
On the day,I added six points to R.L's five.
The boxing challenge now stands at 23-16 in my favor.