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The scorecards might not have reflected how truly tough Julian Williams‘ unanimous decision victory over former 154-pound champion Ishe Smith was Saturday night, but the top-ranked contender from Philadelphia had no trouble admitting he was in a dog fight on the center of the Las Vegas strip. It was anything but easy as Williams threw everything but the kitchen sink against Smith, who walked through his best shots and used his experience and top-level conditioning to make it a close fight. Ultimately, Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs) prevailed via a tightly-contested ten-round decision. The scores didn’t reflect how close of a fight it was, they read 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93 in favor of Williams. (Source: PBC)
WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete (26-3, 21 KOs) scored a sensational KO with the first punch of the fight Saturday in Northern Ireland, taking just 11 seconds to flatten highly ranked Siboniso Gonya (11-2, 5 KOs). The almost bizarre win ranks as the fastest KO in a title fight in history.
On the same card, Carl Frampton climbed off the deck mid fight to out-point Horacio Garcia at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland Saturday. It was a grueling fight as Frampton’s Mexican opponent pushed the pace late on and took the Belfast-native all the way. Frampton was made take a knee in the seventh by the referee, despite it looking like he had merely lost his balance. The three judges returned 98-93, 97-93 and 96-93 scorecards as Frampton celebrated a winning comeback after ten months out of action.
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