At the Chukchansi Park, In Fresno, CA, Saturday over ESPN+ WBO World Super Featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, of Cincinnati, OH, successfully defended his title by majority decision over his No. 2 contender Lamont Roach, Jr., of Upper Marlboro, MD, promoted by Top Rank Boxing.
In the Main Event WBO World Super Featherweight champion Jamel “Semper Fi” Herring, 21-2 (10), #129 ľ, of Cincinnati, OH, defeated Lamont Roach, Jr., 19-1-1 (7), #129, of Upper Marlboro, MD, by a majority decision over 12 action rounds to retain his title.
In the first round two rounds Herring kept his southpaw right landing well. In the third round Herring showed more power and roach more quickness with Roach who may have won the round.
In the fifth round Roach seemed to have an edge though it could have gone either way. In the sixth round Herring kept the pressure on Roach. In the seventh and eighth rounds as much as Roach tried Herring seemed to have an answer for him but Roach may have edged him out.
In the ninth round what looked like a knockdown from a right hook to the chin of Roach was ruled by the referee as a slip due to their feet get tangled. It looked like a knockdown to this writer. In the tenth round Herring seemed to have the edge possibly ahead on his better punching power. Roach did land a left hook to the chin hurting Herring later in the round.
In the eleventh round what seemed to be an even round when in the final seconds Roach landed a right behind the ear rocking Herring who almost hit the canvas.
In the twelfth and final round Roach knowing he needs a knockout to win almost had it at the end of the previous round. Herring is moving not taking any chances giving up the round after being hurt the end of the eleventh round.
Scores were DeLuca 113-113 with both judges scoring it 117-111 by Rey Danseco and Gary Ritter. This writer had it 116-112.
“I won it on Memorial Day weekend and defended it on Veteran’s Day. I got caught the end of the eleventh round but won the fight and am looking for a unification fight,” said Herring. “When I hurt him in the eleventh round I knew I had to knock him out.
In the co-feature Kubrat “The Corba” Pulev, 28-1 (14), #248 Ľ, of Sofia, Bulgaria, easily defeated Rydell “Rock n’ Rye” Booker, 26-3 (13), #248 Ľ , of Detroit, MI, over 10 lackluster rounds.
In the first two rounds Pulev was stalking Booker using a jab and backing Booker against the ropes who is too defensive minded. In the third round Pulev continued to out work Booker. In the fourth round Pulev has the right eye of Booker closing. Booker has gone to the body more but is being out worked by Pulev.
In the fifth round Booker keeps his hand held high as Pulev lands lead rights followed by left hooks to the chin. Pulev pushes Booker back to the ropes landing rights to the chin. Booker works out of the corner with double jabs. In the sixth round Booker landed a good right to the chin of Pulev coming out of a clinch perhaps his best punch so far. Pulev contined coming forward having Booker backing up and giving him problems with his right eye by his effective jab.
In the seventh round in what seems more like a sparring session Pulev completely outworked Booker who is taking a beating. In the ninth round Pulev continued stalking Booker and outworking him with right hands over the jab. In the tenth and final round Pulev did what looked like a near shutout over Booker who seemed more interested in going the distance than winning. Pulev had been off for 8 months prior to this fight and looking forward to meeting Joshua and Ruiz winner.
Scores were 99-91 and 98-92 twice. This writer had it 100-90.
Middleweight southpaw Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly, 8-0 (3), #159 ľ, of KAZ and Oxnard, CA, knocked out Albert “The Punisher” Onohlunose, 24-3-1 (8), #158 Ľ, of Algeria and Calgary, Alberta, Canada, at 2:31 of the sixth round in a defense of his WBC Continental Americas title.