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Round 1McDonnell and Kameda are underway. The men exchange jabs in the center of the ring. Kameda has his back foot centered and is cutting off the ring as McDonnell circles. Kameda drills his foe with a left hook. Kameda with a straight right to the body. Kameda continues to work the body as he lands a thudding right hook. And another. Kameda connects on a three-punch combo that lands clean. 10- Kameda.
Round 2Kameda is throwing his jab, but seems hesitant to really step in and commit to it early. McDonnell is moving well but has yet to really put together anything meaningful in terms of offense. Kameda blasts the champion with a straight right. McDonnel lands a straight right, his best of the fight thus far. Kameda lands a short left and blood is trickling above the left eye of McDonnell from a small cut. Kameda again lands clean with a left. Nice jabs from Kameda to close the round. 10-9 Kameda.
Round 3Kameda working levels early as he connects with a sweeping left to the body and a right hook upstairs. Double jab is well placed by Kameda. McDonnell answers with a one-two that scores clean. Kameda connects with four straight jabs and a hard right to the frame. McDonnell answers with a jab and right hook. This is turning into a nice fight with a fast pace. Excellent head and foot movement from Kameda as he avoids a flurry from the champion. A right hand connects for the Japanese fighter. Right uppercut to the body for McDonnell. 10-9 Kameda.
Round 4McDonnell is busier with his jab early in round four. For the first time in the bout, McDonnell has assumed control of the center of the ring and now he’s cutting off Kameda. The Japanese fighter reverses the stalking and connects with a left hook. McDonnell is finding a rhythm and Kameda seems to be taking a breather. A right hand from McDonnell wakes up the challenger who opens up with his hands at the end of the frame but hits nothing. 10-9 McDonnell.
Round 5A beautiful counter right snaps the champion’s head back. It seems to have pissed McDonnel off, as he begins chasing the challenger down. McDonnell backs Kameda into a corner, but cannot unleash any meaningful offense. A right hook scores for Kameda. Kameda earns points with a triple jab and right hook to the midsection. McDonnell blasts Kameda with a right hand. Kameda sneaks in a left hook. The action is heating up. 10- Kameda.
Round 6Both fighters are a little wild to start the sixth and have yet to settle down. McDonnell lands a left hook and a right to the body. A jab scores for McDonnell. And another. Kameda does not like the tempo and he drops levels to shoot in for a tie up. McDonnell cracks him with a right hand and a jab. Kameda continues to clinch this round. Oh, what a left hook by Kameda. And another. Kameda with a right hand off the break. He is warned by the referee for the transgression. 10-9 McDonnell.
Round 7Kameda eats a hard jab and right hand. He realizes he is not wearing a mouthpiece, so that situation is rectified. Excellent left hook lands for the champion. Kameda returns the favor with the exact same technique. McDonnell is in full stalk mode and Kameda ties him up. That’s been the answer each time it’s happened in this fight. Kameda jabs the gut effectively and then works a pretty one-two. A left hook scores for Kameda ahead of the bell. 10-9 Kameda.
Round 8McDonnell jabs the head twice to start round eight. Excellent movement from Kameda, who has been close to unhittable at times in this fight. Kameda turns it up with a double jab and right to the kisser. Oh, nice straight right for McDonnell. McDonnell lands another right as he backs the challenger into a corner. McDonnell jabs and lands three more before the horn. He also avoids a late flurry. 10-9 McDonnell.
Round 9Kameda is busy to start the ninth, but he has yet to lean clean on the hard-to-hit champion. Nice right hook to the body for Kameda. And a right to the jaw. McDonnell jabs back and Kameda retreats and then clinches. Nice jab from McDonnell. And another. McDonnell seems to struggle as he things about unleashing a combo, but it turns into a feint. Close round. 10-9 McDonnell.
Round 10McDonnell gets the best of a punching exchange to start the frame and then connects square with a sharp jab. Kameda jabs back. The champion’s length is giving the Japanese fighter problems. Kameda bulls forward but the weapon of choice are jabs instead of power punches. Kameda lands a nice counter right but then is hit with a stinging jab. Kameda with a left hook. McDonnell pushes Kameda back and gets in a right before the bell. Kameda also connects with a left. 10-9 McDonnell.
Round 11The champion fights tall and jabs his way towards the challenger. McDonnell’s jab has changed the way Kameda is throwing, as everything is now short of its target. McDonnell’s aim is true on a right-hand lead. The champion chases the retreating challenger and they are separated following a tie-up. McDonnell covers and avoids getting hit with a flurry, and then scores a clean one-two. You’d never know it by listening to the commentary team, but the round is all McDonnell, 10-9.
Round 12The fight is very much up for grabs as both corners assert the urgency of the situation. McDonnell gets the best of an exchange in the center of the ring. Kameda is doing too much clinching and he’s paying for it as the champion has none of it. McDonnell scores a flash knockdown, but it seems he was of-balanced and it was not a clean punch. Unfortunate call as it is ruled a knockdown. McDonnell lands two clean jabs and Kameda is just loading up his right hand. Oh, beautiful counter-right hand for Kameda. Kameda swarms in to close the round, and it’s enough to avoid a 10-8 on this card. 10-9 McDonnell (115-113 McDonnell).
The Official ResultJamie McDonnell def. Tomoki Kameda via Unanimous Decision (116-111, 115-112, 117-110)
Round 1After an uneventful opening 90 seconds that acted as a feel-out period. Dirrell jumps on Rubio with a flurry that gets his attention. Dirrell lands another right hand. Rubio looks slow and out of shape, and it’s showing through round one. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 2Rubio is slow and seems to be slowing with each passing second. Dirrell is taking his time and choosing his shots carefully. Dirrell lands a two-piece with a biscuit to the breadbox. Gorgeous one-two for Dirrell snaps Rubio’s head back. Rubio lands a clean jab; it’s his best offense of the fight thus far. Dirrell lands clean to the body and head before the round closes. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 3Rubio’s strategy is best described as being a punching bag through the opening minute of round three. Dirrell is working the head and body and Rubio is just hanging in there. The tide turns as Rubio backs Dirrell into a corner, but cannot do anything with the gift. Rubio is also fighting with his mouth open; never a good sign, especially if it’s only the third frame. Dirrell is doing work to the body, son. Vicious body work closes round three. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 4Rubio is more aggressive to start round four, as he backs Dirrell into a corner and unloads with both hands. Dirrell takes glancing shots and is no worse for the wear. Rubio clocks Dirrell with a right hand. And another. Oh my. Dirrell looks flustered as he eats another in the corner. Dirrell answers with a left and right. Just when it seemed like the round was Rubio’s Dirrell closes strong with a right hook. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 5Dirrell cracks Rubio with a counter-right hand. Dirrell connects with a vicious three-punch combination to the body and both fighters walk away squinting their eyes: there was an incidental clash of heads, but it seems neither man was cut in the deal. That’s fortunate. Dirrell is worried for pulling the head down. Rubio is much more active to close the round, but it’s not enough to take it. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 6Rubio lands a sharp right hand with Dirrell’s back on the ropes. Sharp straight left to the cut for Dirrell. Rubio lowers his head and charges in, but Dirrell has none of it. A short right hand finds its target for Dirrell. A short left, too. Uneventful round: 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 7Rubio has a punch blocked and the fans react to the thudding sound. Dirrell raises both hands to ask the fans what they were cheering about. Have to admit that this was amusing. Dirrell voluntarily goes to the ropes and fights off his back. Rubio sneaks in a right hand and is hit with an uppercut for his efforts. Dirrell easily circles off the ropes and makes Rubio miss wildly. Very nice three-piece to the body for Dirrell. Rubio jabs, but it’s pointless with such a weak angle. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 8A short right uppercut connects for Dirrell. He seems to be more assertive this round as he works the head after going to Rubio’s body. Quadruple jab snaps Rubio’s head back four times in 1.5 seconds. I get the impression that Dirrell could end this if he wanted to. A hard-right counter makes Rubio step backwards. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 9It’s a complete shutout entering the ninth round and Dirrell looks to be content with cruising. Both fighters have entered this round with little passion and it’s well within the round’s final minute before a fight breaks out, but it’s fleeting. Rubio is still in the fight, but just physically. Dirrell took the round off, but still did enough to pick it up. 10-9 Dirrell.
Round 10It’s 90-81 entering the final round and is extremely clear to everyone that Rubio needs a knockout to win. Neither man seems to excited to close strong. Dirrell fights with his back to the ropes as Rubio lazily labs and throws right hands. The pattern repeats as Dirrell’s corner pleas with him to finish what he started. Nice left to the body for Dirrell. Dirrell turns it up a little in the center of the ring as he connects with a left to the body and a short right uppercut. With five seconds left, Dirrell tries to finish with a flurry but he doesn’t land square. 10-9 Dirrell (100-90 Dirrell).
The Official ResultAnthony Dirrell def. Marco Antonio Rubio via Unanimous Decision (100-90, 100-90, 100-90)
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