Weekend Boxing Results:
Jermall Charlo defeated Brandon Adams by unanimous decision (119-109, 120-108, 120-108) to retain the WBC middleweight title: Charlo dominated the fight with his overall power and length allowing him to be able to land punches with relative ease. Adams, on the other hand, tried to make the fight uncomfortable for Charlo, whether it be creating some distance between him and the champion at times or fighting on the inside and force the action to go to the trenches. Regardless, Charlo seemingly had an answer for everything. There were moments in the fight where Charlo nearly managed to stop Adams, including a flurry of shots in the fifth round, but Adams was able to hang on and take all of Charlo’s punches. According to ShoStats, Charlo outlanded Adams 151 to 73 in total punches and 118 to 42 in power punches. After the fight, Charlo would go on to reveal that he had hurt his hand in the second round, which he says is the reason he wasn't able to throw punches as well as he usually did.
Erickson Lubin defeated Zakaria Attou by TKO, round 4 to win a WBC junior middleweight title eliminator: Lubin’s left hand consistently found its target in Attou’s head throughout the fight, forcing Attou to go back and retreat to the ropes and corners at times. Lubin nearly scored a knockdown in the third, but was able to do so about a minute into the fourth. Lubin pressured Attou into the corner, landing a barrage of punches and dropping him to the canvas. Although Attou did get back up, his corner decided that it would be in the fighter’s best interest to throw in the towel and call it a fight. Lubin is now in line for a future opportunity to fight for the WBC title currently being held by Tony Harrison. That title shot will likely not happen this year as Harrison is currently injured and likely headed for a rematch against Charlo once he is fully healthy. The two were supposed to have a title fight on June 23, but less than three weeks before the fight, it was announced that Harrison suffered torn ligaments in his right ankle as well as an inner and outer ankle sprain, leaving him unable to train for 10 weeks.
Demetrius Andrade defeated Maciej Sulecki by unanimous decision (120-107, 120-107, 120-107) to retain the WBO middleweight title: Starting off, Andrade landed a big left hand that dropped Sulecki in the first round, sending the crowd in Providence into a frenzy. Sulecki got back up, but Andrade kept attacking and nearly dropped him a second time early in the bout. But once Sulecki was able to whether the initial storm of offense, Andrade continued to outbox and outwork his challenger throughout the entire bout. Andrade is one of several top middleweights that fight on DAZN, along with unified WBA and IBF champion Canelo Alvarez. After the fight, Andrade would go on and call out the Mexican superstar. Prior to this week, Alvarez was also the WBC champion, but his ascension to WBC Franchise champion meant that Jermall Charlo would be the sole titleholder.
Joseph Parker defeated Alex Leapai by TKO, round 10: This was Parker’s Matchroom Boxing debut after signing a three-fight deal with the company weeks ago. Parker was actually supposed to face Eric Molina, but Molina pulled out of the fight. The was heavily one-sided from the start in favor of Parker, but Parker was never able to pull the trigger and finish him. It was actually Leapai’s corner who threw in the towel in the middle of the 10th round to stop the fight. In all honesty, Parker did not look good. He was expected to end this fight quickly and even though Leapai is a very tough fighter, he had no business going 10 rounds against Parker. Based on this performance, it’s hard to envision Parker being put in a position to fight for a world title within the next two fights.
Kal Yafai defeated Norbelto Jimenez by unanimous decision (119-107, 118-108, 117-109) to retain his WBA super flyweight title: Yafai had started out well, showcasing his power early and Jimenez wary of the champion's strength. Once the fight settled down and approached the middle rounds, Jimenez was able to briefly outbox Yafai. Jimenez was docked a point in the fourth round for excessive holding. Yafai proceeded to outwork Jimenez and even dropped Jimenez in the final round. Yafai seemingly used his left hand to push Jimenez to the canvas, but it was ruled a knockdown. Now that he is done with fighting Jimenez, Yafai wants to turn his attention to some of the bigger names at 115 pounds. Yafai said in the post-fight interview that he would like to face WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada, who was recently announced as Yafai's newest promotional stablemate after signing a deal with Matchroom Boxing. In addition, Yafai claimed that his hands are hurt and that he perforated his eardrums.
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