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Joe Smith Jr. defeated Bernard Hopkins via TKO, round 8, 0:53, to retain his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title
Joseph Diaz Jr. defeated Horacio Garcia via unanimous decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90) to retain his NABF Featherweight Title
Oleksandr Usyk defeated Thabiso Mchunu via KO, round 9, 1:53, to retain his WBO Cruiserweight Title
Oleksandr Usyk (c) vs. Thabiso Mchunu: WBO Cruiserweight Championship Fight
Round 1: The first minute is uneventful with Mchunu only throwing a couple of weak body jabs to Usyk. Mchunu throws a couple of body hooks and Usyk uses jabs to find the range. Mchunu keeps throwing the right hook but isn't doing any damage. The crowd boos both men in the lackluster first round. Mchunu did not throw a single left hand in the whole round.
Fightful scores round 1 for Mchunu 10-9
Round 2: Mchunu throws a left body jab and Usyk responds with one as well. The crowd continues to boo the inactivity of both men. Usyk is using the jab once more to find his range. Mchunu goes for a strong right hook but misses. Usyk connects on a right jab to Mchunu's jaw but isn't doing a ton of damage. Neither man is barely throwing a left hand punch.Mchunu connects on a three-punch combo to Usyk's body to end the round.
Fightful scores round 2 for Mchunu 10-9
Round 3: Mchunu connects on a left body hook and Usyk is still using the jab to find his range but is connecting on his target more consistently. Mchunu connects with a right hand to Usyk's sternum. He hits a 1-2 to Usyk's right cheek. Usyk is becoming more active, throwing more punches, but Mchunu is defending against those punches well. Usyk has yet to really land a clean hit.
Fightful scores round 3 for Mchunu 10-9
Round 4: Usyk is leading with the right jab and is landing on Mchunu more. Mchunu connected on a right hand to Usyk. The champion connects on three straight right hooks to Mchunu's face. Usyk is now the more active boxer in this round. Mchunu lands a good left body shot counter. Round ends with Mchunu landing a left body hook and then a left jab.
Fightful scores round 4 for Usyk 10-9
Round 5: Usyk closes the distance between the two and is throwing punches to Mchunu's head. Mchunu with a left hook and then a right jab. Usyk moves to the corner as Mchunu throws two body shots and then an uppercut, but Usyk defended well. Mchunu's right eye is starting to swell up. Usyk with more power punches to end the round.
Fightful scores round 5 for Usyk 10-9
Round 6: Usyk starts off with several short punches to Mchunu. Usyk does the same again as Mchunu could only get a couple of weak hooks in. Usyk lands six straight punches and is putting a ton of pressure. Mchunu is pushed to the ground but isn't called a knock down. Mchunu goes for a strong jab and connects it to Usyk and Usyk knocks down Mchunu. Round ends and Mchunu is still up.
Fightful scores round 6 for Usyk 10-8
Round 7: Mchunu pushes Usyk to the ropes and lands an uppercut but usyk guards against it well. Mchunu with a good counter left. Usyk is now moving around the ring and then lads an uppercut followed by a couple of hooks. Usyk with a strong left jab followed by a left body hook.
Fightful scores round 7 for Usyk 10-9
Round 8: Mchunu with a left body jab. Usyk then goes for four straight body jabs. Usyk goes for another 5-punch combo, all hooks. Mchunu hits a strong hook. Mchunu then switches to the defensive as Usyk is now throwing several combinations. Mchunu is also throwing his fair share of hooks, but they are barely connecting now.
Fightful scores round 8 for Usyk 10-9
Round 9: Mchunu and Usyk trade punches as Usyk continues to throw and land the strong hook punches that are set up by his right jab. Mchunu goes down again and then Mchunu then unloads on Usyk. Usyk knocks down Mchunu again and referee stops the fight and Usyk retains his title.
Official Result: Oleksandr Usyk defeated Thabiso Mchunu via KO, round 9, 1:53, to retain his WBO Cruiserweight Title
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