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Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs. Karim Mayfield
Round 1Mikhaylenko is laced by a swarm as soon as the fight starts and is forced into the ropes. Mikhaylenko fires back before they tie each other up. Mayfield is very aggressive early, looking to end the fight. Mikhaylenko backs away a few times as his foe continues to be relentless, but the Russian is remaining composed. Mayfield finally relaxes and begins to back off, using his jab. Mikhaylenko digs a fierce left hook to the body at the midway point. Nice jab by the Russian and suddenly Mayfield is thinking twice about coming in. The action subsides with 45 seconds left as they tie up a few times. They stand head-to-head and slam hooks into each other’s body late in the frame. Nice jab by the American, but Mikhaylenko counters with a left hook to the head. It winds up being a close round. Mayfield 10-9.
Round 2Mayfield rushes out of his corner again and throws a ton of punches immediately. Mikhaylenko covers up briefly before firing a left and right to the head. They clinch early and tear into each other’s body. A nice jab from the Russian on the break, followed by another. A three-punch combo upstairs from Dmitry and Mayfield backs off. Mayfield has a wild right hook blocked and he stumbles into the ropes, allowing his foe to land a few shots. They trade hard punches for a few seconds before a right backs off Mayfield. The American is backing up and circling to his left, allowing his opponent to get comfortable. A right to the body seems to have hurt Mayfield with 30 seconds left, but he’s masking it well. Mikhaylenko doesn’t pick up on it and instead throws a few shots to the head. A nice right over the top by Mayfield at the bell. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 3Mayfield opts not to explode out of his corner, but he does crack the Russian with a nice left hook. A right to the dome by the San Francisco slugger, but Mikhaylenko walks through it. Mikhaylenko is now pressuring his counterpart, landing jabs and a counter right. Mayfield is backing away, looking to counter. A stiff jab snaps Mayfield’s head back. Mayfield clinches and looks to brawl, but Mikhaylenko is poised and shrugs it off. A lead right to the jaw by Mikhaylenko but Karim isn’t hurt. There is a small cut on the outside corner of Mikhaylenko’s left eye, but it doesn’t seem to be too worrisome. With a minute left, Mayfield lets his hands go, but Mikhaylenko counters with a pair of thudding slugs downstairs. A decent exchange at the bell but Mikhaylenko appears to be in total control. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 4Mayfield lands a lead right but his follow-up volley of bombs miss by mere inches. Mayfield is breathing heavily through his mouth already, but it’s unclear as to how winded he is. A nice jab by the Russian, followed by a right to the ribs. Mayfield backs into the ropes and Mikhaylenko tees off on his body. Karim finally escapes to his left to reset. Mayfield is on his bike quite a bit, appearing to be unwilling to trade with his foe. Mikhaylenko continues to stalk his prey, but he is laced by a right and then a left hook. Dmitry walks right through it, though, and goes with a jab and then a left hook. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 5Mikhaylenko picks up where he left off as he comes right after the American. Mayfield continues to back off as he’s jabbed and countered. A right to the noggin by Karim but a follow-up left hook misses wildly. A right to the stomach and then a left up top by the Russian at the midway point. A slick one-two from Mikhaylenko in a corner and Mayfield quickly escapes. They trade some serious leather late but a left to the body and then a right to the head by Mikhaylenko wins the battle. Mayfield takes a deep breath and regroups, but his left hook misses. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 6Mayfield doubles up his jab to begin the frame, but Mikhaylenko tags him with a lead right to the face. A pair of hard right crosses to the head by Mayfield, but again Mikhaylenko is unfazed. A stiff left jab from the Russian forces the American to tie up. A straight left from Dmitry but Mayfield counters with a left hook. The welterweights exchange decent blows along the ropes at the midway point, but neither is hurt. They clinch a few times late, dulling the action. A nice left hook upstairs from the Russian late, but Karim counters with a few rights. A right to the jaw rocks Mayfield just before the bell and he is saved before Mikhaylenko can explode. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 7They trade some blows as soon as the frame starts but an overhand left stops Mayfield’s charges. Karim dives into his foe and ties him up. Mikhaylenko charges right after his retreating opponent, looking to take him out. A left to the head, followed by a right to the gut from the Russian. Again, Mayfield ties him up. They trade flurries in the center of the ring at the midway point, but nothing clean lands for either man. Karim returns to his retreat and tries to jab at a distance, but Mikhaylenko is relentless with the pressure. Mikhaylenko misses a monstrous left hook just before the bell. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 8They swap leather early but Mayfield cracks his foe with a hard right to the jaw. Mikhaylenko backs off but doesn’t seem hurt. Mayfield opens up a volley of punches but the Russian returns the favor with a series of hooks to the intestines. Mayfield stops punching and ties his foe up. Mikhaylenko continues to punch in bunches but he hasn’t enough natural power to end things, it appears. A pair of left hooks from the Russian, but they bounce off Mayfield’s head with nothing on them. A straight right-left uppercut to the jaw by Dmitry, but Mayfield answers with a wild overhand right that misses. Decent action late. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 9A series of jabs and some lead rights by Mikhaylenko, who continues to dominate. Mayfield backs away, looking for a spot to open up. Mikhaylenko swallows him up with his pressure, but Mayfield is able to block most of the attacks. The action slows to a crawl with a minute left as Mayfield seems unwilling to trade with his adversary. Mayfield is gutted by a pair of uppercuts downstairs, but he absorbs them. Mayfield appears as though he’s decided to save face and survive until the end; he’s on his bike almost entirely. 10-9 Mikhaylenko.
Round 10It goes without saying that Mayfield needs a knockout. His corner is cussing him out, telling to let his hands go, etc. Mikhaylenko’s corner tells him to finish strong, though he likely doesn’t need to. Mayfield storms out and charges right into his foe, but Mikhaylenko ties him up. They clinch a few times early. Mayfield continues to plug away early, looking to catch lightning in a bottle. A left to the cheek from the Russian, but the San Francisco fighter walks through it. They exchange a flurry at the midway point but neither man is shaken. Mayfield is backing off now, likely opting to play it safe and coast toward defeat. Mikhaylenko continues to surge forward, though, looking to electrify the crowd with something. With a minute left, Karim isn’t going for broke. A nice right uppercut from Mikhaylenko, but Karim’s counter left hook misses. 10-9 Mikhaylenko (Unofficial score: 99-91 Mikhaylenko).
The Official ResultDmitry Mikhaylenko def. Karim Mayfield via Unanimous Decision (100-90, 100-90, 99-91) R10, 3:00
Round 1Kovalev sticks a left jab in Pascal’s body. Pascal counters with a lead right but it falls just short. Kovalev is throwing absolute bombs early but he’s just missing by mere inches. Pascal is tentative as he stays on the outside. Sergey sticks a few more jabs to the body at the midway point. Jean misses with a huge overhand right but Kovalev can’t counter in time. Pascal comes in with a jab and is dropped by a left, but referee Michael Griffin rules it a slip. A left up top-right to the body by the Russian late. A short left hook by the Montreal fighter near the bell but Sergey doesn’t blink. 10-9 Kovalev.
Round 2Replays between rounds show that Pascal is hit with a clean left jab and knocked down. It was a bad call by Griffin. Kovalev comes out and fires off a series of jabs to the body. Pascal misses with a jab and sticks his tongue out a few times. “Krusher” lunges with a right and tags his foe to the face. A nice straight right to the head by the Russian but Pascal shakes it off. The crowd in Montreal is now chanting, “Kovalev! Kovalev!” A one-two to the dome by Kovalev and Pascal’s legs jiggle a little. Jean fires a left hook in return moments later and it’s clean, but Kovalev shakes it off. A chopping right hand over the top by Kovalev, which forces the Haitian to clinch. Kovalev triples up the jab, backing his foe up. They trade jabs at the bell. 10-9 Kovalev.
Round 3Kovalev opens the stanza with jabs to the body and head. A left upstairs seems to hurt Pascal, who retreats. Kovalev tries to chase after him, but he slips on one of the ad banners. They clinch along the ropes but Pascal shoots in and takes the champ down. Kovalev cracks him with a thudding shot upstairs and Jean retreats again. Pascal seems to not want anything to do with Kovalev’s power; he’s very defensive. A big right and Pascal is hurt. Pascal ties him u to recover. Jean lands a hard right but he’s countered by a right in return. Again, he ties him up. Pascal feints a right and laces his foe with a left hook, but it has no visible effect on “Krusher.” A thudding left hook to the liver late by Kovalev and Pascal again retreats. They slug it out at the bell and Pascal gets a terrific left hook in on the inside. 10-9 Kovalev.
Round 4Kovalev tags his counterpart with a few jabs to the body and head early. Pascal again is gun-shy as Sergey continues to jab away. A lead right and then a follow-up left by the champ backs Jean up. Pascal charges in with a left but he eats a left in return. Pascal is defensive along the ropes and his punches seem to be a bit desperate and anxious. Kovalev is in total control, landing shots to the head and body. The local fighter is on his bike with 45 seconds left, unwilling to trade with the champ. Jean is hurt by a stiff jab to the gut and he retreats. It’s all Kovalev now. 10-9 Kovalev.
Round 5Kovalev triples up the jab immediately. A lead right shakes Pascal along the ropes. Kovalev closes in and rocks him with another right. Pascal frantically retreats before tying his foe up. A jab and then a right up top from the Russian; the end seems to be right around the corner. Pascal is trapped along the ropes and ducks down; Kovalev pours on the punches to the body and head. Pascal is desperate and ties him up. They break but Kovalev pins him in a corner and lands some nasty shots downstairs. Pascal is in pure survival mode and then eats a stiff right before clinching. It looks like Kovalev is playing with his rival, possibly punishing him. A straight right rocks Pascal again late. Pascal will not throw anything in return and seems to want out of the fight. 10-8 Kovalev.
Round 6Freddie roach is concerned and is asking Pascal if he wants to continue. It might be in his best interest to stop it as this one is turning ugly. Pascal backs away as Kovalev jabs a few times early. Pascal remains very defensive as he’s not letting his hands go at all. Kovalev pecks with a few jabs and then touches his foe with a right upstairs. Jean clinches again. Another powerful jab by the champ snaps Pascal’s head back. A few more and Pascal looks like he wants out of this fight. Pascal is not throwing any punches whatsoever and instead continues t swallow jab after jab. Pascal is pinned in a corner and Kovalev tears into his head and body before calmly walking away; Sergey is torturing him now. 10-9 Kovalev.
Round 7Freddie Roach is looking at stopping the fight, but Pascal is begging for one more round. They argue but Roach tells him that if he doesn’t throw his hands, he’s stopping it. The fight goes on… for now. Roach tells Griffin to “watch him.” Pascal comes out in a defensive shell as Kovalev tags him with a few jabs. Pascal ties him up twice, not throwing anything early. A pair of jabs, followed by and overhand right by Kovalev but they’re not clean. Kovalev lands a one-two but Pascal’s counter left hook misses. A triple jab and then a right to the head appears to force Pascal’s right glove to touch the canvas. Griffin doesn’t see it if it happened. With a minute left, Jean remains defensive as he covers up repeatedly. Kovalev is not going for the kill, though. Kovalev laces him with three more nasty jabs and then two rights just before the bell. A doctor is now coming into the ring. 10-9 Kovalev.
In between rounds, Roach stops the bout. Pascal is upset, but he seems to understand. Roach informs Griffin that the fight is over.