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Undercard ResultsFormer super flyweight world champion Carlos Cuadras was hoping to make a sensational splash in the final undercard bout in an effort to land a rematch with Roman Gonzalez, but would-be showcase opponent David Carmona was much tougher than expected. Cuadras seized control of the all-Mexico battle by landing several clean overhand rights, but none of his power shots inflicted enough damage for him to put Carmona away. Carmona rallied down the stretch with a vicious body attack that wilted Cuadras quite a bit but he was unable to close out the once-beaten fighter in the end and gave the final frame away. In the end, Cuadras won a unanimous decision with scores of 97-93 (twice) and 96-94.
Lightweight prospect Ryan Martin remained unbeaten as he continued his ascent through the rankings with an impressive showing to open up the pay-per-view telecast. Martin, from Chattanooga, used his long reach and an excellent body attack to slowly break apart Rochester’s Bryant Cruz before finally putting him away in the eighth. With the fight slipping away from his grasp, Cruz (17-2, 8 KOs) was given a short leash from his corner and referee Harvey Dock going into the eighth. When Martin slammed a flurry of punches to his head, that was it. Cruz covered up along the ropes while Bryant (18-0, 11 KOs) pounded away until Dock stopped it 45 seconds into the frame.
Former WBO middleweight titlist Andy Lee (35-3-1, 24 KOs) looked good after taking the past 15 months off from boxing as he outpointed KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-4-1, 12 KOs) in the featured preliminary bout. Lee was in control of the action from the start with his straight left, though the bulk of the fight was fought at a safe distance. Neither 160-pounder was ever hurt in the battle but Lee won rather easily via tallies of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.
WBC Junior Bantamweight Title Fight:
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
Round 1Sor Rungvisai tags Gonzalez with a lead left to the head to start things off. A few jabs from the Thai fighter but Gonzalez shakes them off and digs a right to the body. A nice straight right to the forehead by “Chocolatito” but Sor Rungvisai walks right through it. They trade lefts to the chest before the Thai lands a nice right uppercut on this inside. The two trade some serious leather with a minute left. Gonzalez is drilled by a right to the body and he is down. The Nicaraguan is up but he is clearly hurt. Sor Rungvisai charges after him and goes in for the kill, but he can’t put him away. Plenty of drama already in the co-feature. 10-8 Sor Rungvisai
Round 2Gonzalez comes out with a stiff right to the melon but Sor Rungvisai shakes it off. The Thai southpaw is in control behind his jab and straight left through the guard. Sor Rungvisai is walking Gonzalez back as he lands to the body. Chocolatito is covering up with a cagey defense, blocking the Thai’s attacks to the head. It’s toe-to-toe with about 70 seconds left but Sor Rungvisai is getting the better of the exchanges. A right to the head rocks Sor Rungvisai and they go to war. It’s excellent action with under a minute left and Chocolatito digs a nasty right to the body. It’s a very close round but Gonzalez barely snatches it late. 10-9 Gonzalez
Round 3Gonzalez lands two decent rights to the head as soon as the frame begins. Sor Rungvisai comes right back with a left and right in return. They trade blows in the center of the ring but their heads collide. Chocolatito is cut around the right eyebrow but for now it’s not dangerous. Sor Rungvisai tags the champ with a pair of jabs and a straight left. Again. A big combo to the head by the champ stings the Thai, but Sor Rungvisai comes right back with a barrage. Chocolatito storms back with a three-punch combo upstairs and Sor Rungvisai backs toward the ropes. A lead right to the mouth by the champ ends the round. 10-9 Gonzalez
Round 4The action picks up where it left off with both men swinging for the fences. Sor Rungvisai isn’t going anywhere but Gonzalez nails him with a whip of a right to the face. Sor Rungvisai gets inside and tries to make it a phone booth brawl and presses Chocolatito into the ropes. It’s forehead-to-forehead as they plug away with power shots to the head and body. Sor Rungvisai walks into a left hook but he brushes it off. They trade vicious right hooks to the head, but the Thai goes to the body with a crippling flurry. They are going to war late but Sor Rungvisai cracks Chocolatito and the champ is rocked, but Gonzalez storms right back with a powerful right and hurts the challenger badly at the bell. 10-9 Gonzalez
Round 5Sor Rungvisai eats a loopy overhand right but counters the champ with a left-right. Chocolatito shakes it off and crack his foe with a pair of rights to the noggin. Sor Rungvisai takes a right to the jaw and then has to endure a pair of wicked left uppercuts. The Thai steps back to regroup. Gonzalez backs Sor Rungvisai into the ropes but eats a left and right. Gonzalez backs away and resets before blasting the Thai with a whirlwind of punches. Sor Rungvisai backs into the ropes and Chocolatito is all over him. Sor Rungvisai’s chin is incredible and he sees the bell. 10-9 Gonzalez
Round 6A left-right to the head, followed by a left hook to the liver from Gonzalez opens the round. They trade blows briefly before they clash heads; referee Steve Willis issues a warning to Sor Rungvisai. An overhand right by the champ backs Sor Rungvisai up, which leads to a brief spurt of action. Chocolatito is in total control now, walking the Thai back across the ring. They go forehead-to-forehead and dig to the body while the blood continues to flow for the champ. A nasty uppercut to the body badly hurts Sor Rungvisai, who backs off. Chocolatito is all over him with an avalanche of punches to the head and body. Sor Rungvisai is in serious trouble and the end is near. The two clash heads again with 10 seconds left and Willis calls time to take a point from Sor Rungvisai. Blood is gushing everywhere when the round ends. 10-8 Gonzalez
Round 7Gonzalez pops off a few nice jabs to begin the round behind a nice straight right through the guard. Sor Rungvisai has slowed down a bit early but he’s still tossing out that right and left with conviction. After a left hook to the ribs by the Nicaraguan, they go forehead-to-forehead again and dig shots downstairs and up. A right to the face by the champ, but Sor Rungvisai tags him with a right and left coming in. They combatants are swinging for the fences again as they rip thudding hooks to the body. A beautiful three-punch combo from the Thai fighter late caps the round. 10-9 Sor Rungvisai
Round 8Sor Rungvisai comes out hard in the eighth as he goes to the body and head. Chocolatitio fires back, making for another wonderful exchange. A right-left-right to the cantaloupe from the champ but Sor Rungvisai continues to slug away. Sor Rungvisai is ripped by a right uppercut on the inside, but he doles out a flurry to the body in exchange. Gonzalez has slowed down quite a bit with a minute left as the Thai challenger continues to wail away at the champ’s arms and body. Just as Sor Rungvisai is about to seize control, Chocolatito drills him with a right to back him off. It’s not enough to win the round as Sor Rungvisai is on a small rally. 10-9 Sor Rungvisai
Round 9Both fighters are examined by ringside doctors as the round starts but they are allowed to continue. They trade some serious leather early but a left to the head by Gonzalez is the best of the exchange. Sor Rungvisai storms right back with a left and right to the body, followed by a right to the head. Gonzalez is still bleeding from that cut and it seems to be getting worse. A slick four-punch combo from Sor Rungvisai backs Gonzalez up briefly, only to see the champ retaliate with a left hook up top. A hard left hook on the inside from Chocolatito but the Thai continues to come forward, undeterred. The Nicaraguan cracks Sor Rungvisai with a right-left-right to the face late, likely stealing the round. 10-9 Gonzalez
Round 10Gonzalez is grimacing quite a bit as his corner tends to the cut between rounds. Sor Rungvisai tags the champ early with a pair of straight lefts to the face. Gonzalez digs t the body before going to the head, but the Thai answers with a multi-punch combo immediately. Chocolatito whacks the challenger with a four-punch combo upstairs but Sor Rungvisai keeps coming forward. Gonzalez is a bloody mess while Sor Rungvisai continues to throw nonstop punches to the arms and body. Chocolatito walks into a nasty right uppercut, but he answers with a three-punch whirlwind to the head in return. It’s an extremely close round. 10-9 Sor Rungvisai
Round 11As new enter the championship rounds, the fight hangs in the balance. Gonzalez is a bit measured to start the round while Sor Rungvisai tags him with a few shots to the body and a left to the head. Gonzalez tries to get inside but the Thai rips him with a multi-punch combo, though everything is blocked. Gonzalez eats three punches in a row as blood streams down his face. Gonzalez looks to be in slow motion now, throwing only single punches. Sor Rungvisai is on his bike a little as he’s sticking and moving. Some solid back and forth action late, but it’s all Sor Rungvisai in the 11th. 10-9 Sor Rungvisai
Round 12Gonzalez looks withered in his corner before the final round begins while Sor Rungvisai is up off his stool with a smile on his face. Sor Rungvisai begins the frame moving side to side while Chocolatito chases after him. Gonzalez tries to get inside to make it brawl and his digs several punches downstairs. A right-left by the challenger and Chocolatito backs off. The champ forces a wild exchange and blasts the challenger with a right hook. Sor Rungvisai is rocked and Chocolatito, who is exhausted, storms after him and unloads a volley of punches. Sor Rungvisai clears his head as he escapes and resets while the Nicaraguan is running on fumes. Sor Rungvisai tags the champ with a right, but Chocolatito ravages him with another torrent of punches upstairs. It’s a wild exchange at the bell and the champ pulls out the round. 10-9 Gonzalez (114-112 Gonzalez).
The Official ResultSrisaket Sor Rungvisai def. Roman Gonzalez via Majority decision (114-112, 114-112, 113-113) R12, 3:00
WBA/WBC/IBF Middleweight Title Fight:
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Daniel
Round 1The two come out tentatively behind feel-out jabs. Golovkin pops Jacobs with a pair of jabs; Jacobs hasn’t touched him yet. GGG opens up a bit at the midway point but nothing lands. Jacobs just misses with an overhand right. Golovkin swallows a stiff jab just before he misses a wild right hook. Two jabs from the Kazakhstani star close a tactical opening round. 10-9 Golovkin
Round 2The middleweights paw with the jab early but Golovkin is backing the American up. A counter left to the head from Jacobs is blocked, but Golovkin is out of position to counter. Jacobs pops a jab to the gut and then one to the face before being tied up. A few more jabs from Jacobs with a minute left. Jacobs is popped by a counter right to the head but it’s partially blocked; “Miracle Man” counters with a left to the dome. It’s another close, rather uneventful round but Jacobs evens up the score. 10-9 Jacobs
Round 3Golovkin is a bit more active early but Jacobs stuffs him with the defense. A nice right to the head by Jacobs, but it’s countered by a stiff jab from GGG. They tie each other up, which allows Jacobs to rake his foe’s ribs with punches. They trade jabs in the center of the ring, though neither has taken control of the battle. Jacobs gets away with a right uppercut to the thigh. Jacobs cracks Golovkin with a sweet left hook on the inside late but he shakes it off. 10-9 Jacobs
Round 4Thus far in the fight, Jacob’s reach and distance is giving Golovkin issues as he has not gotten his offense going. A left to the head, followed by a pair of rights to the head from Golovkin and Jacobs is down. He stands up and swallows a stiff jab as soon as the fight resumes. Golovkin is in Terminator mode now as he rakes his foe with jabs and rights upstairs. Jacobs still hasn’t cleared his head but Golovkin is very patient. Jacobs is able to reel off a few jabs but he still looks shaky late. “GGG” rattles off several clean jabs and then cracks him with a right hook. Jacobs connects with a right to the head of his own just before the bell. 10-8 Golovkin
Round 5Golovkin drills Jacobs with a hard overhand right to the head and the local fighter is rocked. Golovkin remains calm, not looking to get wild and reckless. Jacobs has recovered but he is very gun shy right now. A hard short to the body from “GGG” and Jacobs looks completely out of sorts at the midway point. Jacobs comes off the ropes and digs a left hook to the body with a minute left. Golovkin is nailed by a left hook, though it’s partially blocked. They trade power shots just before the bell but neither is hurt. 10-9 Golovkin
Round 6The champions tie up as soon as the round begins, but nothing comes from it. Jacobs is moving well behind the jab, but the shots aren’t landing. Golovkin is content to follow his adversary around the ring, pawing with his own jab. Golovkin comes inside and is tagged by an overhand right, but “GGG” shakes it off. Golovkin isn’t as active in the latter stages of the round while Jacobs sticks and moves. A nice right upstairs from the Kazakhstani, but he’s countered by a left-right. Jacobs whiffs with a pair of nasty left hook and then a right. Close round but the American gets it. 10-9 Jacobs
Round 7Jacobs’ corner is imploring him to box him all night and to not engage on the inside. Golovkin is pressuring his foe early, but Jacobs is intelligently moving behind his jab. Jacobs sticks “GGG” with a right uppercut but his follow-up left hook misses. Jacobs backs himself into a corner and Golovkin catches him with a nice overhand right. Jacobs shrugs it off and plays to the crowd before escaping to safety. Golovkin squares up but he’s nailed by a right hook. Another. Golovkin shakes his head “no” but they were solid punches. They whiff during an exchange but Jacobs follows up with a short left uppercut on the inside. A powerful left jab snaps Jacobs’ head back but the American drills him with a borderline illegal punch. They swing wildly at the bell, but nothing lands flush. Another close round. 10-9 Jacobs
Round 8Golovkin is stalking his foe but Jacobs is popping that jab out nicely. A quick lead right to the head, followed by a one-two against the ropes. Jacobs triples up the jab behind a left hook, though the power shot was blocked. Jacobs continuously switches between stances, but it doesn’t seem to be confusing “GGG.” Jacobs nails his fellow champ with a slick left-right to the head and then doubles up the jab. Golovkin digs a hard right to the body, followed by a right to the skull, but Jacobs walks right through it. Jacobs closes out the round with a left to the body and head, followed by a brief exchange against the ropes. 10-9 Golovkin
Round 9Jacobs explodes out of his corner with a three-punch combo to the head and body. Golovkin shrugs them off but doesn’t counter. Moments later, they exchange lefts to the head. Golovkin looks a bit frustrated because he can’t land his power shots while he eats jab after jab. “Miracle Man” pops him with a right hook to the head, but it’s not terribly hard. Golovkin is picking up his pace, but Jacob’s movement nullifies it. Golovkin tags him with an uppercut on the inside, but Daniel returns the favor with a left hook. Another. Jacobs tags him again but he’s rocked by a right uppercut late. Jacobs plays it off as though he’s not hurt, but “GGG” swarms him with a few jabs and short hooks. Jacobs is in serious trouble against the ropes but he’s saved the bell while he gave away a relatively easy round. 10-9 Golovkin
Round 10Golovkin comes right after him, but Jacobs slams a pair of left hooks to the body and then one to the head. “GGG” shakes it off but the American lands another left-right to the noggin. Jacobs digs a furious barrage to the stomach while the Kazakhstani backs off. A right hook to the face, followed by a stiff jab from Jacobs, who is boxing beautifully at the midway point. A right-left to the head by Jacobs. Jacobs is racking up the points while Golovkin is content to throw one punch at a time. “GGG” cracks his foe with another stiff jab but Jacobs returns the fire with a pair of hooks to the head. It’s all Jacobs in this round. 10-9 Jacobs.
Round 11Golovkin opens the frame with a lot of pressure, but he isn’t allowed to do anything it. Jacobs backs into the ropes and laced the favored fighter with a left hook. Golovkin digs a pair of jabs to the body. Jacobs goes downstairs with a right and then follows it up with a monster left hook, though he misses. Golovkin comes inside wildly but that opens him up with a vicious right-left to the ribs. A slick three-punch combo to the body and head from Jacobs, who is peaking with his confidence right now. A pair of lefts to the body from Jacobs but “GGG” shakes his head “no.” Golovkin backs off and is plastered by another three-punch combo to the head, but Golovkin answers with a left to the face. 10-9 Jacobs
Round 12Whoever wins this round wins the fight on this scorecard. Golovkin begins with a sense of urgency while Jacobs moves away. A left to the body, followed by a glancing left to the head from Jacobs. Daniel gets away with a shot to the groin, but “GGG” doesn’t protest. Golovkin lands a decent uppercut on the inside. Golovkin cracks Jacobs with a right to the head just as the ref breaks them up. Jacobs eats a right to land a right hook of his own. Jacobs cracks Golovkin with a laser of a right hand and “GGG” freezes up. Jacobs lands another right but Golovkin returns the favor. With 40 seconds left, the fight is up for grabs. A left to the head by Jacobs and they engage in a wild, sloppy exchange until the bell. 10-9 Jacobs (114-113 Jacobs).
The Official ResultGennady Golovkin def. Daniel Jacobs via Unanimous Decision (115-112, 115-112, 114-113) R12, 3:00
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