WBA Lightweight Title Remains Vacant as Easter-Barthelemy Ends in Draw

By Mike Sloan Apr 27, 2019

Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy didn't do the lightweight division any favors as the two couldn't prove who was better in the main event of a Showtime-televised bout at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Saturday night.

Easter Jr. (21-1-1, 14 KOs) fought nip-and-tuck with Barthelemy (27-1-1, 14 KOs), a former two-division world champion, from start to finish. Unfortunately for those watching, the duel wasn't aesthetically pleasing as the two lightweights fought cautiously and tactfully for the full 12 rounds, leaving the expected action at the door. Neither fighter was ever in danger in the contest and neither ever had the upper hand against the other, leaving much to be desired. In the end, the rounds were too close to call; one judge saw it 114-114, the second had it 115-113 for Easter Jr. and the third scored it 115-113 for Barthelemy, resulting in a split draw.

Also on the card, former WBC super lightweight champ Viktor Postol (31-2, 12 KOs) bested Mohamed Mimoune (21-3, 2 KOs) via 10-round unanimous decision; scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 99-91. And lastly, heavyweight prospect Efe Ajagba improved to 10-0 with his ninth knockout when he flattened Michael Wallisch (19-2, 12 KOs) at 1:40 of the second.

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