HOLLYWOOD, Florida – Alberto Puello accomplished what was an unforgettable feat for boxing within the Dominican Republic on Saturday night time.
The undefeated Dominican beat Batyr Akhmedov by cut up choice to win the vacant WBA tremendous light-weight title in a 12-round co-feature Showtime televised from Seminole Exhausting Rock Lodge & On line casino. Within the earlier bout, one other Dominican southpaw, Hector Luis Garcia, out-classed Roger Gutierrez to take the WBA tremendous featherweight championship from him.
Puello and Garcia are longtime buddies from the identical hometown, San Juan de la Maguana, and achieved their desires in back-to-back bouts broadcast on American tv.
The skillful Puello had a a lot harder time with Akhmedov than Garcia had whereas defeating Gutierrez, but he received on two scorecards. Judges Benoit Roussel and Mark Streisand scored their back-and-forth bout between southpaws identically, 117-111 for Puello (21-0, 10 KOs), who misplaced 115-113 on the cardboard of choose Lisa Giampa.
Akhmedov landed 16 extra punches total, in response to CompuBox’s unofficial statistics (207-of-764 to 191-of-825). CompuBox counted extra energy punches for Akhmedov (198-of-502 to 168-of-503) and extra jabs for Puello (23-of-322 to 9-of-262).
The taller, rangier Puello received off to a powerful begin and counterpunched exactly at instances to cope with Akhmedov’s persistent stress and physique punching. Akhmedov got here on sturdy through the second half of their struggle, although, and the group booed loudly when Showtime’s Jimmy Lennon Jr. introduced the choice.
His defeat to Puello was the second shut loss in a 12-round, 140-pound title struggle for Akhmedov in almost three years. Mario Barrios beat Akhmedov by unanimous choice in September 2019 at Staples Middle in Los Angeles, however Akhmedov (9-2, 8 KOs) reiterated throughout a press convention Thursday that he was “robbed” that night time.
Akhmedov, 31, and Puello, 28, fought for the unclaimed WBA belt Josh Taylor relinquished in mid-Might as a result of the unbeaten Scottish southpaw didn’t need to make a compulsory protection towards Puello.
It grew to become obvious by the championship rounds Saturday night time that neither Puello nor Akhmedov would damage his opponent sufficient to get a stoppage.
The tenth, eleventh rounds and twelfth rounds mirrored many of the prior rounds, as Akhmedov pushed the motion for all three minutes in every spherical, whereas Puello tried to counterpunch the aggressor.
Puello boxed effectively at instances within the ninth spherical, however Akhmedov’s stress put him on his again foot but once more all through these three minutes. Akhmedov landed numerous physique photographs throughout that spherical and nailed Puello with a straight left a number of seconds earlier than it ended.
A exact Puello landed a proper hook up high after which a proper hook to the physique with about 20 seconds remaining within the eighth spherical.
Puello boxed successfully once more for many of the sixth spherical. Akhmedov appeared to have an effect on Puello with a number of physique photographs through the ultimate 20 seconds of that spherical, although, which made Puello attain out to carry him because it got here to an finish.
Puello and Akhmedov landed quick photographs as they battled on the within for many of the center minute of the fifth spherical. Puello clipped Akhmedov with a left hand simply earlier than the fifth spherical ended.
Akhmedov snuck in a proper hook whereas Puello was backed towards the ropes with simply over 20 seconds on the clock within the fourth spherical.
Akhmedov tried to get contained in the taller, longer Puello’s jab through the third spherical, however Puello made him pay with crisp counter punches.
A right-left mixture by Puello landed with simply over 30 seconds on the clock within the third spherical. Puello additionally clipped Akhmedov with a left uppercut a number of seconds earlier than the third spherical concluded.
A straight left by Puello made Akhmedov again off 1:05 into the second spherical. Puello was the busier, sharper puncher all through that second spherical.
Burgos warned Puello for a low blow with simply over 40 seconds on the clock within the first spherical. Puello related with the toughest punch of the opening spherical, a left uppercut, with slightly below 20 seconds to go in it.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.