#2 Bazinyan escapes upset bid

Undefeated WBC #2, WBA #2, WBO #2, IBF #8 super middleweight contender Erik Bazinyan (30-0, 21 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jose de Jesus Macias (28-12-4, 14 KOs) on Thursday night at Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. Macias surprisingly gave 9:1 favorite Bazinyan all he could handle. In round seven, he He rocked Bazinyan and nearly finished him. Bazinyan had his moments also and probably did enough to win – but certainly didn’t deliver a performance worthy of the world’s #2 168-pounder. Scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92 heavily supported the local fighter.

Junior welterweight Steve Claggett (35-7-2, 25 KOs) scored a third round KO over former world champion Alberto Machado (23-4, 19 KOs). Claggett dropped Machado twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:29. Claggett claimed the NABF 140lb title.

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Thomas Chabot W8 Luis Bolanos Lopez (featherweight)
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  • Alberto Machado is damaged goods that should hang up the gloves; on his previous fight on 12/2022 against Jose Angulo he was staggered badly before he got the win by stoppage. He was brutally kayoed by Angel Fierro in March 2021, then after 18 months out of action he returned to be almost KOed by a journeyman and flattened for good by a C class fighter, so, what else is better than retirement?

  • Still don’t really know what to make of Bazinyan. He could have just had an off night here, but with two number two rankings he figures to be in prime position once Canelo starts to split up all those titles. I don’t know how well he does against any of the top guys at 168 though.

      • If the titles were vacant right now, the WBC & WBA would upgrade Benavidez and Morrell, but Bazinyan would be able to fight Andrade for the vacant WBO. Andrade’s getting up there, maybe he’s lost a step, but I’d pick him over Bazinyan.

  • the great escape i had this fight a draw going into the last round not impressed with bazinyan he looks like someone who will be looking for another job in a couple years he should stay away from boxing macias worked him over in the late rounds

  • The Thomas Chabot W8 Luis Bolanos Lopez (featherweight) was a complete robbery, this is the reason top tier boxers avoid fighting in Canada

  • Another robbery with the judges and referee as accomplices

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