Boxing Round Up: Thurman, Broner prevail, Shiming loses
Milan Ordoņez on Mar 08, 2015 01:23 PM
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MANILA - Manny Pacquiao's stablemate Zou Shiming was handed his first loss on Saturday.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist faced Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng for the latter's IBF flyweight title in what is now considered as Asia's boxing mecca, Macau, China. Ruenroeng cruised to a unanimous decision victory with a score of 116-111 in all scorecards.
The Thai boxer made use of his jab for the most part to set up his right hand power shots, which Shiming had no definitive answer to. Shiming did score a second round knockdown, but was highly questioned, given that Ruenroeng was caught off balance.
Shiming now drops to a record of 6-1 (with 1 victory by stoppage), while Ruenroeng maitains an undefeated slate of 15-0 (with 5 victories by knockout).
Broner outboxes Molina
Eight thousand miles West in Las Vegas, Adrien "The Problem" Broner (30-1, with 22 victories by knockout) picked up a unanimous decision victory over John Molina (27-6, with 22 victories by knockout) in a one-sided contest. Broner was ahead by a wide margin in the judges' scorecards, with a tally of 120-108, 120-108, and 118-110.
The exchange of punches between both men were almost equal during the early goings, but Broner eventually found his rhythm and began getting the better of Molina. According to the final punch tally, Broner landed 44% of his total punches (219 out of 502), while Molina had measly 22% output (54 out of 249).
Right after the fight, Broner revealed his plans of making a June comeback.
"I can't relax too much because I'll be right back fighting in June," Broner told NBC's Kenny Rice during the post-fight interview. "June 20th in Cincinnati, Ohio."
Thurman survives Guerrero's late attack
In the main event of the same card, Keith "One Time" Thurman (25-0, with 21 victories by knockout) retained his WBA welterweight title by defeating former WBC interim welterweight champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (32-3-1, with 18 victories by knockout).
Both fighters came out strong during the bout's onset, but Thurman was able to get to the better end of the exchanges. His momentum, however, was momentarily halted after an accidental clash of heads, causing his forehead to swell up. Thurman kept the action up through the succeeding rounds, and even dropped Guerrero in the ninth round.
Despite Thurman's attacks, Guerrero, did manage to fight on through heart and sheer will. But his late onslaught was not enough to topple Thurman down, who ended up taking the unanimous decision verdict with a tally of 120-107, 118-109, and 118-108.
During the post-fight interview, Thurman also gave credit to Guerrero, whom he described as a "tremendous warrior."
"He showed it today. He was a little more calm, I thought he was going to press harder in the early rounds," said Thurman. "But we were able to knock him down late. I know we were hurting him each and every round, but he's a veteran. He knew how to place himself. This was a great fight and a tremendous learning experience."
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