Saturday results: Vargas, Bellew, Groves, DeGale, Shiming and Lomachenko all victorious in weekend action!
By Ace Freeman (22-Nov-2014)
Saturday action from around the boxing world!
In a good action fight, undefeated light welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) defeated Antonio DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KOs) in a twelve round fight by unanimous decision to retain his title. Vargas pulled ahead early, DeMarco rallied in the middle rounds but Vargas stood his ground late to seal the win. It was the first fight for Vargas with the legendary Roy Jones Jr. in his corner. Our good friend Russ Anber of Rival Boxing worked as cut-man for Vargas in the win.
In the co-featured bout in Macau, China, former Olympic Gold medalist Zou Shiming improved to 6-0 (1 KO) and kept his flyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Chonlatarn Onesongchaigym. Scores were 119-106 (2x) and 120-103.
Former amateur star, Olympic gold medalist and undefeated featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) scored a commanding twelve round decision win over Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KOs) despite suffering an injury to his left hand early in the bout. He impressively fought the majority of the bout with just his right hand.
In an eagerly awaited rematch, recent Adonis Stevenson-challenger Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KOs) evened the score with former light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs), beating him via split decision in a cruiserweight fight. FightFan.com had Bellew pulling ahead late but when twelve rounds were complete Cleverly was ahead 115-114 on one card while two more reasonable tallies of 116-112 and 115-113 for Bellew were read.
Recent super middleweight world title challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) returned to action today in the UK where he shook off some rust to catch up with and stop Denis Douglin (17-4, 10 KOs) in Round 7 by TKO.
Undefeated heavyweight and former Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) made quick work of well travelled Michael Sprott (42-23, 17 KOs) earlier Saturday evening, scoring a first round KO.
Fast rising super middleweight James ‘Chunky’ DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) looked fast and powerful scoring a third round TKO over Marco Antonio Periban (20-3-1, 13 KOs) earlier today in Britain.