By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.
In a thrilling middleweight fight, Maciej Sulecki, Warsaw, 28-1, 11 KOs, won by unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado, North Philly, 24-12-1, 14 KOs, in their 10 rounder on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The fight was a punch out, with Sulecki knocking Rosado down in rounds one and eight, and Rosado returning the favor twice in the ninth. Both fighters landed freely during the bout. Sulecki had an edge as the bout progressed, but Rosado stayed in the fight and capitalized when Sulecki began to wear down. Had the ninth round lasted a bit longer, Rosado might have pulled an upset, but Sulecki was saved by the bell. Rosado jumped right on Sulecki in the final round, but could not finish him. All three judges scored the fight for Sulecki, 95-93 and 95-91 twice. My tally favored Sulecki 93-92. With the victory, Sulecki claimed the vacant WBO international middleweight title belt.
In a scheduled 10-round women’s lightweight world title unification bout, Katie Taylor, Bray, Ireland, 13-0, 6 KOs, dominated Rose Volante, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14-1, 8 KOs, to remain undefeated. She dropped Volante with a right in the opening round, won each subsequent round, and finally stopped the over-matched Brazilian at 1:40 of round nine. There were no more knockdowns, but the steady stream of punishment forced referee Benjy Esteves to intervene. The win sent Taylor home with three of the four world title belts (WBA, WBO, IBF). Continue reading “Sulecki beats Rosado; Taylor TKOs Volante”
By John DiSanto at ringside Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. In a thrilling middleweight fight, Maciej Sulecki, Warsaw, 28-1, 11 KOs, won by unanimous decision over Gabriel Rosado, North Philly, 24-12-1,…
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