First round action got underway Friday night in the Jose Sulaiman/WBC World Invitational Welterweight Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Quarterfinal 4: In an upset, alternate fighter Francisco “Chia” Santana (25-6-1, 12 KOs) surprised 2008 Olympic gold medalist and world title challenger Felix Diaz (19-3, 9 KOs), the #1 seed, taking a ten round majority decision. Santana brought the pressure for most the fight. Diaz spent a lot of time on the ropes. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 98-92, 98-92, 98-92.
Quarterfinal 3: Chris van Heerden (26-2-1, 12 KOs) outworked Timo Schwarzkopf (18-2, 10 KOs) to win a ten round unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 3x 97-93 2x.
Quarterfinal 2: Fredrick Lawson (27-1, 21 KOs) outpointed Baishanbo Nasiyiwula (13-2-1, 6 KOs) over ten tactical rounds. Scores were 99-91, 96-94, 98-92, 97-93, 97-93.
Quarterfinal 1: Brad Solomon (28-1, 9 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Paddy Gallagher (13-4, 8 KOs). Gallagher dropped Brad Solomon at the end of round one and pulled out to an early lead. Solomon rallied after open scoring revealed he was down on three of five cards with one even. In the end, scores were 97-93, 97-94 95-94, 95-94 Solomon, 96-93 Gallagher.
The semi-finals are set:
Francisco Santana vs. Brad Solomon
Chris van Heerden vs. Fredrick Lawson
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First round action got underway Friday night in the Jose Sulaiman/WBC World Invitational Welterweight Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Quarterfinal 4: In an upset, alternate fighter…
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