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Rob Brant Defends Title In Dominant Performance Over Khasan Baysangurov

On Friday, February 15, 2019, Rob Brant (25-1, 17 KOs) put on an absolute clinic as he dominated Khasan Baysangurov (17-1, 7 KOs) and stopped him in the 11th round in his home state of Minnesota.

For Brant, it was the first defense of his WBA regular Middleweight title.

Brant got off to a quick start to begin the contest. He put his hand speed on display in the opening round. The second round showed his power as he knocked Baysangurov down with a right hand that clipped him on the side of the head.

Brant looked much more confident in the ring in comparison to his opponent. He also connected with the more eye-catching shots as well.

Baysangurov began to find a bit of success in the fifth round. Brant began to lunge in and paid the price as Baysangurov began to land a few good shots. That round however was about as much success as Baysangurov had as Brant boxed circles around him. 

It seemed as though the champion was on his way to a clear decision victory. To Brant’s credit he wanted to put an exclamation point on his performance.

He did exactly that in the 11th. In what would end up being the final round, Brant let off a combination of punches that had his man badly hurt.

A few more punches followed and the challenger hit the deck. It seemed over, but somehow he managed to get to his feet. Brant wasted little time jumping back on his opponent. A right hand by the champion staggered Baysangurov to the ropes and the referee stepped in to stop the contest.

It was a terrific performance by Brant who fought like a man who wanted to prove he belongs among the elite of the Middleweight division. If he continues to string together performances like this, then he will make a strong case to be ranked higher among his peers.

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Jose Ramirez Retains Title via Majority Decision in an Entertaining Scrap

In what turned out to be a great fight, WBC Super Lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (24-0, 16 KOs) edged out Jose Zepeda (30-2, 25 KOs) by majority decision in the Top Rank on ESPN main event on Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Final scores for the contest were 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112, in favor of the champ Ramirez.

Zepeda came out of the gates very fast as he was landing a ton of shots early on. Ramirez just couldn’t get out of the way of the blows that were fired at him. Not only did Ramirez look poor defensively, but offensively he looked lackluster.

The champions signature pressure just didn’t have its normal effect. It was Zepeda who dominated most of the action for the first few rounds.

In the second half of the fight however, Ramirez got back to his normal self. Sensing he was down on the scorecards he began to land several hard shots on Zepeda that forced him back as the pressure he was trying to employ all night finally began to wear his opponent down.

Zepeda just couldn’t sustain his strong start and seemed to be fatiguing both mentally and physically as the bout continued.

The championship rounds is where Ramirez did his best work. The 12th and final round saw both men land plenty of heavy leather, but it was Ramirez who was clearly getting the better of the exchanges.

A combination by the champion pushed the challenger back to the ropes forcing him to hold on. Zepeda made it to the final bell and put up a great effort but it was the champion Ramirez who closed the contest extremely strong.

Zepeda came into this contest relatively unknown and really pushed the champion. Credit goes to Ramirez for weathering the attack of his opponent and coming alive in the end.

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Andrew Cancio Scores Major Upset in Defeating Champion Alberto Machado

In a stunning upset, Andrew Cancio (20-4-2, 15 KOs) defeated Alberto Machado (21-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday, February 9, 2019 by fourth-round knockout.

Cancio also snagged Machado’s WBA Super Featherweight title in the process as well.

Machado was viewed as a rising star and a force in the Super Featherweight division. Just a few months prior he looked sensational in scoring a first-round knockout. On Saturday night he looked like he was on his way to another dominant victory.

In the opening frame Cancio was dropped, hurt and barely beat the count. Although Machado couldn’t close the show in that opening round it sure did seem as though the bout would not make it the full distance.

Instead of Cancio trying to keep his distance he came out straight towards the champion. Machado seemed to handle the offensive output very well during the early portion of the contest.

But that pressure finally got to Machado in the fourth round. Cancio landed a monster body shot that forced the champion to take a knee. The champion managed to beat the count but was in serious trouble.

Machado again was sent to the canvas after Cancio attacked the body once more. Machado beat the count yet again. He did his best to keep Cancio off of him but the challenger would not be deterred.

He hammered away at the body and sent the champion tumbling to the canvas and almost out of the ring with more shots to the body. The referee waved off the contest and Cancio was crowned champion.

Machado suffered a huge set back that will have many wondering if he was as good as many believed he was. For Cancio, he has pulled off the biggest win of his career and the biggest upset in the early portion of 2019.

After failing on the big stage several times in his career, Cancio can now call himself a champion.

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