Joe Smith Jr wins questionable decision over Maxim Vlasov to win WBO title


Joe Smith Jr MD-12 Maxim Vlasov

Joe Smith Jr. (27-3, 21 KOs) turned the brand new WBO gentle heavyweight champion tonight, in what seemed to be a controversial majority resolution over Maxim Vlasov (45-4, 26 KOs) over 12 rounds of motion. Official judges turned in scores of 114-114, 115-112, and 115-112 in favor of Smith. I scored the struggle 117-111 in favor of Vlasov for BLH.

Vlasov began the struggle rapidly, showcasing the fluidity and velocity of his punching which appeared to have Smith a bit overwhelmed — to the purpose the place Smith was retreating to the ropes for a lot of the struggle. I had Vlasov sweeping the primary half of the struggle by scoring accuractely and persistently, whereas it appeared to me that Smith was touchdown clear pictures far too sometimes for him to be successful rounds. Smith did handle to land some singular pictures that buzzed Vlasov, however Vlasov was clearly the aggressor for a lot of the struggle, having Smith masking up alongside the ropes searching for homerun counters.

Within the backend of the struggle Smith did begin to come on and clearly harm Vlasov with punches in spots, however by no means formally scored a knockdown and Vlasov valiantly fought again, giving nearly as good of an effort as you’d count on from a world title contender.

However alas, it was to not be for Vlasov who received the brief finish of the stick on the playing cards. Vlasov was clearly disheartened by the official resolution because it was rendered.

Efe Ajagba KO-3 Brian Howard

Within the ESPN opener, heavyweight Efe Ajagba made a spectacular assertion, scoring a spotlight reel knockout of Brian Howard within the third spherical of motion. For certain, this might be a knockout you’re going to see quite a lot of and is a transparent a Knockout of the 12 months contender if not chief. However why ought to I discuss it when the clip speaks for itself.

The official time of the stoppage got here at 1:29 of Spherical 3 but it surely was fairly clear the knockout was inevitable. Ajagba was noticeably larger and stronger than Howard and had landed a few large proper fingers within the first spherical that clearly shook Howard up. Howard would get defensive for a bit which might permit him to outlive longer than he in any other case would have, however one other concussive proper hand in the end landed put Howard out violently. However as emphatic and scary because the knockout was, Howard was up and seemingly in first rate situation a short while later.

With the win Ajagba strikes to 15-0, (12 KOs) and seems to be prepared for the following step up in competitors whereas Howard falls to 15-5 (12 KOs) and can seemingly want a while to shake these cobwebs off earlier than getting again to it.

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