One of boxing ‘s purest boxers continued his journey toward super stardom Sunday as Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy was about as flawless as they come in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on CBS. Barthelemy put on a clinic against former world champion Antonio DeMarco inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, pitching a shutout along the way.
Barthelemy dominated DeMarco from the start, landing dozens of jabs from the orthodox and southpaw stances. The elusiveness and deadly accuracy of the current Las Vegas resident was far too much for the grizzled Mexican to overcome, preventing DeMarco from ever getting inside and doing any sort of damage. Barthelemy essentially did whatever he wanted for the allotted 10 rounds; the only mistake he made was hitting his foe low a few times, resulting in Kenny Bayless taking a point away in the ninth.
Barthelemy scored a knockdown in the fourth after he veiled a perfect straight left to the jaw behind two jabs. Once the punch connected, DeMarco dropped to his knees, but he was more shocked by the shot than hurt. He beat Bayless’ count, but never came close to getting back in the fight. Barthelemy peppered Antonio for the rest of the match, popping him with scattered straight lefts behind the jab, mostly from the southpaw stance.
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In the end, Barthelemy cleaned house in every round and was awarded a lopsided unanimous decision, winning via tallies of 99-89 on all three scorecards. Barthelemy improved to 23-0 with 13 KOs, his junior welterweight debut a resounding success. The former IBF super featherweight titlist said before the bout that his goal is take over the 140-pound weight division. This was the first step toward that goal.
DeMarco, who fell to 31-5-1 (23 KOs) and has dropped two consecutive bouts, this after winning three straight since losing to Adrien Broner. The former WBC lightweight champion contemplated retirement before agreeing to fight Barthelemy and there is no word on his future after losing to the Cuban.
Vasquez Scores Unanimous Nod in Thrilling War
Welterweight contender and war veteran Sammy Vasquez Jr. was able to keep his professional record unblemished with a win over knockout artist Wale Omotoso in the opening bout on the PBC on CBS card. The two tore into each other for 10 rounds, but “The Sergeant” was much more precise and landed by far the higher number of power punches.
Omotoso stood his ground and had Vasquez bleeding from the nose and forehead near the fight’s end, but even when “Lucky Boy” was able to get off some of his vaunted left hooks, Vasquez took them in stride and fired back every time. Vasquez cracked his foe with sizzling straight lefts throughout the contest, which kept the Nigerian native at bay repeatedly.
In the latter stages of the battle, Omotoso forced the Pennsylvania native into several toe-to-toe brawls and even hurt Vasquez with a left hook in the ninth, but he wasn’t able to pour on enough of his punches to change the course of the fight. In the end, it was Vasquez’ higher punch output and surgical precision that paved the way toward victory and he was awarded a lopsided unanimous decision. The scores of 98-92 on all three judges’ scorecards were accurate, but the scores weren’t indicative of how entertaining and close it really was.
With the win, Vasquez improved to 19-0 (13) and is hoping to slide into a fight with the premier fighters in the welterweight division. With the 147-pound class overflowing with elite-level opposition at seemingly every turn, it shouldn’t be long before Vasquez locks horns with some of the best there is. Omotoso, who fights out of Melbourne, Autsralia, dipped to 25-2 with 21 KOs and one “no contest.”
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