ByMark Eisner:Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) had to battle hard to defeat a game Otto Wallin (20-1, 12 KOs) by a surprisingly wide 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday on ESPN at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The scores were 116-112, 117-111, and 118-110.
Boxing news 24 had the fight scored a draw at 114-114. Fury, 31, appeared to give away the first six rounds against a motivated Wallin. In round 12, Wallin wobbled Fury with a big left hand. Wallin fought well enough to win 7 rounds.
What an incredible 12 Rounds from@Tyson_Fury. 😤
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing)September 15, 2019
Fury suffers terrible cut in 3rd round
In round 3, Fury suffered a bad cut over his right eye from a left hand by Wallin. The cut worsened as the rounds went by. Fury seemed to be under the impression that the cut was from a clash of heads. If the fight had been stopped due to the bleeding, Fury would have lost the fight. As bad as the cut was, the fight should have been arguably been halted. It was a terrible cut, and it’s surprising that the ringside doctor let Fury go the entire 12 round distance without stopping it.
This cut will likely take a long amount of time to heal. Fury is signed to fight a rematch with WBC heavyweight championDeontay Wilderon February 22. That’s five months from now. It’s possible that the cut could be healed by then, but there will be scar tissue around his right eye that could easily be reopened once Wilder starts landing right hands on the eye. If Fury’s cut reopens against Wilder in February, he’ll likely lose, because he won’t survive getting nailed right big right hands.
Even before Fury was cut tonight, he looked sluggish, weak and poor. He was fighting a lot likeHughie Furyin spoiling, and showing no power at all. It’s possible that Fury trained too hard for the fight, and left his game in training camp.
Top Rank needs to consider rescheduling Fury vs. Wilder rematch
Fury’s promoters at Top Rank might want to consider rescheduling the rematch with Wilder for April or May of 2020. With that bad cut, Fury’s right eye is going to need a lot of time to heal.
Wallin gassed out after the 6th, and appeared to lose rounds 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In the 12th, Wallin showed a new boost of energy, and went after Fury with left hands. He wobbled Fury with a big left to the head. Wallin continued to nail Fury with hard jabs, right hooks and straight lefts for the remainder of the round. Fury was too hurt to throw anything in the round. He was just holding, and trying to survive.
Fury was the A-side tonight, so that put Wallin in the position where he would have needed to drop him a few times to get a draw or a win.
Emmanuel Navarrete stops Juan Miguel Elorde
WBO super bantamweight championEmanuel Navarrete(29-1, 25 KOs) destroyed a badly over-matched #2 WBO contenderJuan Miguel Elorde(28-2, 15 KOs) by a 4th round knockout in the co-feature bout on the card.
Navarrete knocked down the light hitting Elorde with a left to the head in the 3rd round. The fight could have been stopped during that round, as Elorde was taking a pounding. In the 4th, Navarrete finished off the over-matched Elorde. The official time of the stoppage was at 0:26 of round 4.
With Navarrete wants to fight in December, but it’ll be up to Top Rank if they bring him back that quickly. The way that Navarrete is dominating his opponents, he can easily fight every two months. The guy is a wrecking machine.
Jose Zepeda decisions Jose Pedraza
Light welterweight contenderJose Zepeda(31-2, 25 KOs) defeated former two division world championJose Pedraza(26-3, 13 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision in his debut in the 140-lb division.
The judges’ scores were 97-93, 97-93 and 97-93. Boxing News 24 had it scored similar at 97-93. Pedraza was out-boxed, and outworked by the bigger fighter Zepeda. Pedraza lacked the size, and the power on his punches to keep Zepeda off him.
Carlos Cuadras edges Jose Maria Cardenas
Former WBC super flyweight championCarlos Cuadras(39-3-1, 27 KOs) by on an impressive performance in beating the tall 5’9″Jose Maria Cardenas(17-5, 14 KOs) by a 10 round majority decision. The scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95.
The judge that scored the fight a draw at 95-95 is Adalaide Byrd. It appeared to be a clear victory for the 31-year-old Cuadras. Boxing News 24 had the fight scored for Cuadras 96-94. He showed excellent conditioning in setting a blazing fast pace that he was able to keep up the entire 10 round fight.
Carlos Cuadras shines
Cuadras, 5’4″, did a good job of closing the distance to land scoring shots on the lanky 5’9″ Cardenas. The win for Cuadras was his third consecutive since losing to McWilliams Arroyo last year in February in a 10 round majority decision. Cuadras has showed a great deal of improvement since his loss to Arroyo last year. The way he fought tonight, he would have given Arroyo and Juan Francisco Estrada problems.
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing)September 15, 2019
Isaac Lowe decisions Ruben Garcia Hernandez
Undefeated super featherweight featherweightIsaac Lowe(19-0-3, 6 KOs) defeated the always toughRuben Garcia Hernandez(25-5-2, 11 KOs) by an eight round unanimous decision.
The judges scored it 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74. Boxing News 24 had Lowe narrowly winning it by a 77-75 score.
Lowe, 25, didn’t look so good initially, but he turned on the gas in the second half of the fight to take control. Hernandez, 26 looked in bad shape in the sixth around after eating a hard right hand from Lowe.
Hernandez came back strong in the sixth round to give Lowe some problems. The action got sloppy in the 7th and 8th rounds with both guys flailing away with big shots looking for a knockout.
Gabriel Flores Jr. defeats Miguel Angel Aispuro
Unbeaten lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores, Jr. (15-0, 6 KOs) beat Miguel Angel Aispuro (12-9-2, 8 KOs) by a six round unanimous decision. The judges scored it 60-54, 60-54 and 60-54.
Iskander Kharsan stops Isidro Ochoa
Super bantamweight prospect Iskander Kharsan (7-0, 6 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten Isidro Ochoa (7-1, 3 KOs) by a 5th round knockout.