Weekend Scorecard: Usyk, Monroe, Ali, Smith all victorious,
Yamanaka and Hasegawa pick up big wins in Japan!
By Ace Freeman (17-Sep-2016)
Results from around the boxing world.
In a stunning upset on Saturday, upstart cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (10-0, 9 KOs) shocked previously undefeated WBO world champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1, 16 KOs) via clear-cut unanimous decision in Poland. Usyk was too slick and polished and largely out-boxed the rough and tumble Glowacki on route to commanding scores of 119-109 and 117-111(x2).
In Dallas undercard action, middleweight contender Willie Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) pounded out a clear cut unanimous decision over the always rugged and popular Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs, 1 NC) in the chief supporting bout of Canelo-Smith. Monroe was too skilled and polished for the always aggressive Rosado, who despite having his moments got hit too often down the stretch. Monroe was ahead on all cards after twelve rounds 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112.
On the same card, once-beaten welterweight Sadam Ali (23-1, 13 KOs) rebounded from his first career loss to Jessie Vargas with a a ten round decision win over Saul Corral (21-8, 12 KOs). It was a competitive fight but Ali’s cleaner more effective punching carried the way to near shut-out scores.
Ishe Smith gained a second-round knockdown and earned a majority decision over Frank Galarza in a back-and-forth battle Friday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as seen live on Premier Boxing Champions. On the same PBC card, Justin DeLoach (16-1, 8 KOs) earned a 10-round unanimous decision over Domonique Dolton (17-1-1, 9 KOs) in a 154-pound matchup, and 168-pound contender J’Leon Love (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO of Dashon Johnson (21-20-3, 6 KOs).
WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka rallied from an early knockdown and stopped mandatory challenger Anselmo Moreno in the seventh round Friday in front of a boisterous crowd in in Osaka, Japan. On the same card well traveled veteran Hozumi Hasegawa shocked WBC super-bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz, stopping him in nine rounds after a “Rocky” like performance when the champ retired on his stool to the delight of the Japanese crowd.
On Thursday night undefeated welterweight Dusty Harrison scored a unanimous decision over Thomas LaManna to pick up the vacant USBA title at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.