Monday, July 18, 2016
Boxing Challenge-Wilder retains title
I hold the latest lead at 84-69.
The PBC card at Birmingham saw Deontay Wilder (TRS rated 2nd) stop Chris Arreola in his corner at the end of the eighth round to retain his WBC heavyweight title.Wilder floored the faded and undeserving Arreola in the fourth,but a torn bicep and broken hand (Which will keep Wilder from fighting again in 2016) kept Wilder from turning the heat up further before forcing the corner surrender.
Both Ramon and I picked up two points for the Wilder stoppage.
In the better fight,a mild upset as former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz won a far closer than it really was unanimous decision over Sammy Vasquez,who had a nice run of second tier victories stopped by the talented Diaz.
Diaz,who lost a split decision to Lamont Peterson in his previous bout that I thought he deserved the decision,controlled the fight after being a late replacement for Luis Collazo.
PBC had managed Vasquez well in his run,but picking Diaz as the fill-in and his style was the exact wrong one to look good against and worse lose to.
I scored Diaz a 98-91 winner and added two points with Ramon picking Vasquez..
Two titles were retained in Cardiff Wales with Ramon and I earning three points on the card.
Guillermo Rigondeaux (TRS rated 1st) stopped James Dickens at the end of round two after breaking Dickens jaw in the round with a crunching left to retain his WBA junior featherweight title.
Before you put too much stock in the normally dreadfully dull Rigondeaux's win,Dickens was barely in the WBA's top 15 (12th) rankings and had not one notable win entering the fight.
Ramon and I gained one point with the win.
Terry Flanagan (TRS rated 3rd) dropped aging veteran Mzonke Fana twice and was reported to have won every round in a unanimous decision win to keep his WBO lightweight title,.
Ramon and I each earned 2 points for the win.