A consequence no one needed on this junior welterweight non-title conflict – until you guess on it.
The crossroads battle between former world titleholders Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey led to a 10-round break up resolution draw on the Exhausting Rock Resort & On line casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday. The scores had been 97-93 Commey, 96-94 Pedraza, with 95-95 the deciding tally.
Commey, a former light-weight titleholder, bought off to a brisk begin and seemed sharp. A powerful burst of mixture punching had a visual impact on Pedraza, who clinched as a way to shake off the cobwebs.
The switching hitting Pedraza, who beforehand captured world titles at 130 and 135 kilos, used his counter punching savvy and motion to remain within the recreation. Nevertheless, it was the Ghanaian star who landed the simpler punches by means of the primary 5 rounds.
However this was a combat of two halves.
In Spherical 6, what seemed to be a conflict of heads minimize Commey over the left eye. Clearly distracted, the bleeding fighter backed off, stopped throwing punches, and pawed at his harm. Sensing his opponent’s predicament, Pedraza scored his greatest punch of the combat – a stable left hand to the chin. Commey landed his personal proper on the finish of the spherical, however he misplaced the session.
Galvanized by his success, Pedraza continued to let his palms go, whereas his opponent’s accuracy and success dropped. The Puerto Rican’s left hand was scoring successfully and Commey was unable to provide the mixture assaults that labored for him earlier within the combat.
The tempo dropped within the eighth, however Pedraza loved an excellent Spherical 9. His offense was extra versatile, he was busier, and Commey retreated from a gradual stream of mixture assaults. This was essentially the most dominant spherical by both fighter.
With the combat within the steadiness, one would have anticipated a shootout within the 10th. Nevertheless, apart from within the final 30 seconds, each males nonchalantly gave the feint and threw out some pictures. There was no sense of urgency from both man.
The official consequence was a good one and there was speak of a direct rematch.
Extremely touted heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson returned to motion with a spectacular second-round knockout of Serbia’s Miljan Rovcanin. The official time was 3:00.
Anderson (12-0, 12 KOs) switched adeptly from southpaw to orthodox within the opening spherical and launched pictures up and down. The customer averted the worst of it, however did catch one memorable left hook-right hand mixture.
The second spherical was messy. Rovcanin did a pleasant job of interrupting the Toledo-born fighter’s offense and precipitated him some frustration. That was clear when Anderson knocked his opponent’s mouthpiece out with a left hand on the break.
Late within the session, the 22-year-old Anderson landed a pair of blistering left hooks to the physique and the pair started to commerce up shut. Rovcanin fired again gamely however he was nailed by a crushing proper hand that put him down for the depend.
U.S. Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. scored an explosive first round-knockout over Marco Antonio Canedo at heavyweight. The official time was 0:44.
Simply seconds into the bout, southpaw Torrez landed a pair of straight lefts to the physique to arrange a robust left hand knockdown. And it wasn’t a flash. As he took the necessary eight depend, Canedo wore the expression of a person who would slightly be someplace else.
The end was nearly equivalent to the primary knockdown. Torrez, 23, probed with the precise jab and backed his man up with the left to the physique. When Canedo’s again touched the ropes, Torrez let the left hand go upstairs and the Mexican journeyman was completed. The harm was compounded when Torrez adopted up with an enormous proper hook that knocked Canedo out chilly. It took a number of worrying minutes for the stricken fighter to get better, however he fortunately left the ring underneath his personal steam.
Torrez improves to 3-0 (3 KOs).
Tom Grey is managing editor for Ring Journal. Observe him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing