Weekend Scorecard: Andy Ruiz wins, Rodriguez, Tso and Briedis victorious, Higson and Vargas win in Canada!
By Ace Freeman (15-May-2016)
Results from around the boxing world.
Fast-handed undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) picked up another win Saturday in Studio City, California when he stopped veteran Ray Austin (29-7-4, 18 KOs) in Round 4. Ruiz dropped Austin in the first round and landed at will over the next three until Austin elected to remain on his stool at the end of the fourth.
Rising lightweight Saul Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) shined in his bout Saturday in Studio City where he stopped Daulis Prescott (31-4, 23 KOs) in Round 7.
In Hong Kong, undefeated local favourite Rex Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) returned to action Saturday in front of a frenzied local Chinese crowd where he stopped Young Gil Bae (27-6, 21 KOs) in the fourth round. The victory earned Tso the vacant WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council super flyweight titles.
In an exciting co-featured bout on United Boxing Promotions’ Saturday card in Ontario, undefeated super welterweight Kevin Higson (8-0 1, KO) fought to a spirited ten round decision win over Junmar Emon. It was an exciting back and forth bout with both men landing some good shots but Higson had the edge due to volume and accuracy to win by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 96-94.
Ontario based Sam Vargas improved to 25-2-1 (13 KOs) Saturday night in New Brunswick when he out-pointed Juan Armando Garcia over ten rounds to capture the WBA-NABA super welterweight title.
An important welterweight bout took place Friday night in at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C, where Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Mike Dallas, Jr. fought to a controversial draw. Many in attendance felt Dallas did enough to win the fight but Harrison squeaked out enough rounds to come away with his record unblemished.
Top rated cruiserweight Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) picked up a big win over fellow top contender Olanrewaju Durodola (22-3, 20 KOs) Saturday night in Latvia.
Canadian Quick Results:
Josh O’Reilly KO 3 Imre Nagy
Aurey Cox TKO 1 Steve Rainford
Jessie Wilcox W UD6 Flavio Michel
Abokan Bokpe W SD4 Shavar Henry
Fredericton, New Brunswick:
Nathan Millier KO 1 Robbie Cameron
Mario Perez Draw Jesus Perez
Dominic Babineau TKO 5 Jessie MacMillan