Floyd Mayweather consolidated the WBA and WBC welterweight titles with a close majority points win over Argentinian Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Judges scores were: 114-114 Draw, and 117-111, 116-112 for Mayweather.
Mayweather, 37, had to come through some rough tough moments in the fight and was also cut above his right eye early on. There were low blows, fore arms and plenty of rough house stuff but Mayweather after a sloppy start found the tools to eventually do enough to take the win.
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Maidana never stopped coming forward and was throwing punches from all angles trying to tie the elusive unbeaten Mayweather down and catch him with the unorthodox shots he was delivering. Mayweather though called on all his experience and it was the accurate punches that caught the eye and earned him the decision taking his record to 46-0, 26KOs.
“This was a tough, competitive fight, a fight the fans wanted to see,” Mayweather said afterwards “I wanted to give the fans excitement. But a true champion can adjust to anything.” Maidana, believing he had done enough to get the win said; “I definitely think I won this fight,” Maidana said.
“Mayweather didn’t fight like a man. But I didn’t expect him to.” Afterwards a rematch was touted and it could happen in September. In truth it wasn’t vintage Mayweather and the fight although exciting while it lasted wasn’t a classic but Maidana’s swash buckling style gave Mayweather his toughest night for a long time.
A possible future opponent of Mayweather’s Britain’s Amir Khan outpointed tough American southpaw Luis Collazo with judges scores of 117 106, and 119-104 twice.
Khan put on a fine display of speed and movement to take a good win in Las Vegas. Khan, 27, was fighting for the first time in over a year but the layoff and his time working with new coach Virgill Hunter seems to have worked well for him and he knocked down his experienced opponent three times on his way to a comfortable win.
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Former WBA light-welterweight champion Khan was fighting for the first time at welterweight and claimed the WBC Silver and WBA International titles with victory over Collazo. “I have been able to train with Virgil Hunter and this is the first time I’ve spent a lot of time with him,” he said.
“Normally, it’s just eight weeks for a fight. But I’ve spent good time with him and I’ve learnt some good things. I was able to put it together tonight. “I needed to work on the mistakes I was making and I did that by working hard in the gym.”
A delighted Khan also made time to call out Floyd Mayweather when asked in the ring, if he feels he is ready for the pound for pound No1 boxer? “Definitely.” said Khan.
“The crowd know that and people want to see that fight between me and Floyd. Styles make fights and I believe my style would cause Floyd problems. I really believe I have the style to trouble Floyd Mayweather,” added Khan.
Anthony Ogogo scored a third stoppage over Bronx based Puerto Rican Jonel Tapia on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s clash with Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The Olympic bronze medallist took his professional record to 6-0, 3 KOs since turning over in April 2013. Ogogo was having his second fight in the States and after signing a contract with American promoters Golden Boy he is expected to have many more across the pond.
The 25-year-old from Lowestoft boxed well without coming out of gear and calmly took apart Jonel before impressively finishing him off. A big right hand shook Tapia and he was hurt, before a quick combination had him reeling on the ropes and the referee Jay Nady jumped in to stop it at 0:47 of the round.
Ashley Theophane impressed before stopping Angino Perez in the fourth round in the welterweight division. An good combination of shots forced referee Kenny Bayless to step in to give the Londoner the win, taking his record to 35-6-1, 11 KOs.
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Romanian super middleweight Ronald Gavril scored a fourth round TKO over Tyrell Hendrix. California Super middleweight Lanell Bellows stopped Thomas Gifford in the second round.
In the opening bout of the show at the MGM Grand, Ladarius Miller stopped Richard Colas in the third round at welterweight.
At cruiserweight Andrew Omotunde Tabiti of stopped John Shipman in the fifth round in a scheduled six rounder.
J’Leon Love defeated Marco Periban over 10 rounds, the judges scored the fight 95-93, 97-92, 96-93.
Adrien ‘That Problem’ Broner, was his usual self. He was as cringing as he always is, from his ring walk, that nonsense combing his hair and silly antics during the fight! There isn’t much to like about him. The performance wasn’t the best, he outpointed Carlos Molina over 10 rounds. It seemed Marcos Maidana didn’t do a good enough job on Broner and until someone else can do a better job were going to have to put up with this Problem!