In Top Rank’s Saturday night ESPN offering rising light welterweight star Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over Amir Imam (21-2, 18 KOs) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was a grueling fight fought in the trenches but Ramirez was sharper and landed more often throughout. While Iman was in some trouble late he showed resolve to fight through it and last to the final bell. Scores ranked from 120-108 and 117-111 to 115-113, all for Ramirez who picked up the vacant WBC super lightweight title with the victory.
Irish super star and former Olympian Michael ‘Mick’ Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) thrilled the fans at MSG Saturday night with a two round beat down of David Berna (15-3, 14 KOs). It was all Conlan from the opening bell. He scored knockdowns in both the opening and second stanzas before the massacre was waived off.
Upset alert: On the undercard at MSG rising Puerto Rican star Felix Verdejo (23-1, 15 KOs) suffered his first pro defeat when he was stopped in the tenth round against Mexico’s Antonio Lozada Jr. (39-2, 33 KOs). Verdejo, who had been inactive over a year with only one fight in the last 24 months, looked slow and hittable from the start. Lozada pressed the action and in Round 10 it looked like Verdejo had nothing left. He was in full retreat mode and was eventually dropped and then stopped in the follow-up barrage.
Canada’s Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett came up short Saturday night in Boston dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Danny ‘Bhoy’ O’Connor. Claggett started with effective pressure but O’Connor used a long jab and peppering activity rate to keep the Canadian at bay. Claggett rocked and dropped O’Connor with a big right hand in Round 7 but the Boston charge hung on and dug deep to recover. Both fighters traded in the late rounds to the delight of the Boston crowd and after ten were in the books the local favourite was up 97-92 (x2) and 96-93. Good action fight from both fighters.
Josh O’Reilly moved to 11-0 as a professional Saturday night as United Boxing Promotions returned to Mississauga where the Ontario lightweight pounded out a decision over a game Juan Bedolla Orozco in a ten rounder. Other local fighters picking up wins on the gala included Franz Rill, Tim Cronin and Andranik Grigoryan.
Ontario’s Steven Wilcox game but out-gunned in Australia Saturday:
Williams Lake, BC product Stuart ‘The West Coast Warlord’ McLellan picked up a stay-busy win Friday in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico:
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