LAS VEGAS – It wasn’t a memorable evening for both fighter by way of efficiency, and the end result was on par as Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy battled to a break up draw Saturday in a light-weight title tilt that was devoid of motion.
The 2 clashed in the principle occasion of Showtime’s tripleheader from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan and struggled to entertain from the outset. Neither fighter might impose their will.
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The 28-year-old Easter (21-1-1) sought to reclaim the thunder he as soon as had earlier than working into the buzzsaw often known as Mikey Garcia final July. The 32-year-old Barthelemy (27-1-1) regarded to assert a vacant title and set up himself as a high light-weight. Neither occurred.
A lot of the primary two rounds consisted of Easter giving chase and Barthelemy circling away in quest of a gap to counter. Each fighters struggled to land something of significance, however Easter was the aggressor whereas his Cuban counterpart did nothing of consequence.
Easter inched nearer within the third spherical with a prodding jab and a straight proper hand that discovered its mark. The struggle modified within the fifth when Barthelemy determined to turn out to be the hunter and landed a number of thudding left arms that received Easter’s consideration. Easter backed off and located himself on the flawed finish of a number of proper arms because the momentum modified. Barthelemy saved it going within the sixth with Easter unable to seek out his vary with the jab. “Child Blast” scored in intervals with the straight left and photographs to the physique.
Neither fighter was in a position to string punches collectively. Followers have been left seeing Barthelemy pot-shot whereas Easter typically discovered himself whiffing on his energy punches. Followers of each fighters urged them on however the second half of the struggle was principally the 2 merely watching one another and throwing single punches.
Easter charged in to start out the seventh and peeled off a number of mixtures that backed Barthelemy into the ropes. After all of the rounds of non-action, it appeared that enterprise was lastly selecting up for 2 fighters in want of constructing a press release.
Sadly, issues went proper again to the way in which they have been as Barthelemy saved the gap and Easter could not determine tips on how to shut the hole.
Easter smacked Barthelemy with a straight proper hand within the ninth, the perfect of the struggle. The Cuban took the punch effectively however Easter actually had his consideration in a spherical the place little or no occurred apart from that punch touchdown.
Maybe feeling that the struggle was hanging within the stability, Easter slammed a mix into Barthelemy within the 11th spherical however Barthelemy stepped again and picked his spots, a lot to the chagrin of the group. The 12th spherical remained the identical and a wonderfully acceptable break up draw was the end result as scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 have been learn.
Viktor Postol scores unanimous resolution over Mohamed Mimoune
Postol, a former 140-pound champion, could also be closing in one other title alternative together with his victory over Mimoune in a 10-round WBC tremendous light-weight title eliminator showdown.
It wasn’t fairly, however Postol (31-2) was far more practical than his French opponent, typically beating him to the punch and discovering a house for a straight left hand. Referee Robert Byrd was a bit busy within the early going as the 2 typically have been locked in a clinch as a result of Mimoune’s awkward advances and Postol making an attempt to carry his place.
Mimoune (21-3) discovered success within the center rounds with large, sweeping hooks from the skin as Postol struggled to snuff out these awkward advances, however Postol’s boxing capacity and work off the jab allowed him to rack up the rounds.
In the long run, the struggle was a aggressive efficiency that wasn’t essentially indicated on the scorecards, which learn 98-92, 97-93 and 99-91.
The victory places Postol in line for a shot towards WBC champion Jose Ramirez, however the struggle might be tough to deliver to fruition with Ramirez being beneath the Prime Rank/ESPN umbrella.
Efe Ajagba annihilates Michael Wallisch in two rounds
Ajagba did not have to fret about Wallisch leaving the ring however he actually supplied a painful exit for his opponent by the use of a second-round TKO.
Ajagba gained notoriety final summer season when Curtis Harper infamously left the ring shortly after their struggle began and refused to interact with the hulking Nigerian.
Wallisch proved to be greater than prepared to struggle, however that turned out to be a horrible concept. It did not take lengthy for Ajagba (10-0, 9 KOs) to impose his will as he pounded on Wallisch with jabs, hooks and uppercuts. The German continued to press ahead however his punches had little impact on the 25-year-old rising heavyweight.
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Ajagba cranked up the stress within the second and dropped Wallisch (19-2) with a barrage of punches punctuated by a left hook. A late blow by Ajagba whereas Wallisch was down on one knee nullified the knockdown, however that turned out to not matter. Wallisch pressed on and Ajagba thumped him with a bevy of energy photographs, prompting referee Tony Weeks to save lots of Wallisch from additional punishment on the 1:40 mark.
The long run is mighty vivid for Ajagba, who continues to enhance beneath the tutelage of esteemed coach Ronnie Shields. His camp actually will not rush the 2016 Olympian, however do not be stunned if he cracks the rankings earlier than the tip of 2019.