Foster edges Nova; retains WBC 130lb title

O'shaquie Foster Vs Abraham Nova Action33
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WBC junior lightweight champion O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (22-2, 12 KOs) retained his world title with a twelve round split decision over Abraham “El Super” Nova (23-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nova got off to a good start, outworking and outmuscling Foster. But Foster took over midway and closed strong with a twelfth round knockdown. Scores were 116-111, 115-112 Foster, 114-113 Nova.

Unbeaten WBO #15 junior lightweight Andres “Savage” Cortes (21-0, 11 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round TKO over WBO #4 Bryan Chevalier (20-2-1, 16 KOs). Cortez badly rocked Chevalier in round four and Chevalier’s corner stopped the fight. Time was 2:17.

Unbeaten featherweight Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington (11-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout against Bernard Torres (18-2, 8 KOs). Carrington laid out Torrez face first with a flush right hand. Time was 2:59.

Olympic heavyweight Guido “The Gladiator” Vianello (12-1-1, 10 KOs) knocked down Moses Johnson (11-2-2, 8 KOs) five times before the bout was finally stopped in round one. Johnson probably took more punishment than he needed to. Time was 2:59.

Unbeaten local middleweight Isaah Flaherty (7-0, 3 KOs) shut out Julien Baptiste (6-4, 3 KOs) over six 60-54 3x.

Unbeaten local junior lightweight prospect Ofacio Falcon (11-0, 6 KOs) took a six round unanimous decision against Edward Ceballos (11-5-1, 6 KOs) by scores of 60-54 3x.

Unbeaten Olympian junior welterweight Tiger Johnson (12-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Paulo Galdino (13-8-2, 9 KOs) in the first round. Johnson dropped Galgino and got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:49.

Unbeaten Olympian middleweight Euri Cedeno (8-0-1, 7 KOs) battered Antonio Todd (15-10, 9 KOs) until the bout was waved off by the referee at 2:39 of round five.

Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Gonzalez (14-0, 6 KOs) had to work hard to beat Charles Stanford (7-5, 4 KOs) over six by scores of 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.

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  • Great main event. Both guys fought hard but foster with cleaner punches deserved the decision.

  • By the 3rd round I was falling asleep then by 6 rd it got better
    Not a great fight not a bored one either
    Split dec was ok for foster

  • Foster gets destroyed by the other champs in his weight class, he wont be a champion for long.

    • Agreed. Foster has one attribute: Stamina. Other than that, nothing special.

    • What about oshaquie VS the Mexican betterbiev Eduardo Nunez who beat today rakhimovin his house by tko at 11 rounds ???

    • You hit the ball out of the park with this assessment, I totally agree with you! He weak as hell.

  • I think òshaquie tools are limited and even worst he always use the wrong tactic
    If he would have more aggression would be great but he has no stamina to keep on going for 12 rounds

    • I gave the fight to NOVA 114-113, just like one of the judges. But I cant’ complain that the decision was unfair. I did feel the 116-111 was about a round too far off, just like the commentator on ESPN had it.

  • It’s like Foster never has a plan for a fight
    He does not know if outbox or attack
    He looks in the air
    Anyway…..good luck for Foster

  • Carrington vs Torres a match between two well schooled fighters.
    Consistently throughout the match after Carrington threw a left hook (taking place in close) Torres effectively ducked under the punch but then raised up to counter with a left hook Arrington beat him to the punch. Bingo it was over. Torres has to remain in the crouch and throw his right hook to the body under Carrington’s left arm.
    Possible rematch?

      • Dempsey was knocked cold in his first fight. His brother told him to quit the game. He came back and defeated the fighter who KO’ed him.
        A one punch KO although mentally tough to forget is better than a 12 round beating. I would agree with you “IF” Torres was not a gifted fighter. A few warm up fights and let um go again.

  • – Had a blast my first time at MSG.
    – The Theater was a small but “cozy” venue.
    – Outstanding sound system located behind the ring.
    – Brooklyn and Puerto Rico were well-represented in the stands.
    – Sat in the area with the families of the under-card fighters.
    – 9 bouts on the card. Started 5:30pm, ended 11:30pm, and couldn’t leave the venue once inside.
    – No complaints on the fights.
    – Tim Bradley’s noggin looks just as big from 40 aisles away as it does close up.
    – Nova’s mascot was imitating the fighter’s moves and jamming in between rounds.
    – It was nice to see Round Card girls again.
    – Will definitely do it again, especially for a $53 General Admission ticket, including all fees.

  • O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster overrated as hell, he came very close to being a felon again!

  • foster has stamina tough fighter on the inside might be champ for a while who knows? nova lost it in the last round

    • Well, that’s the problem this fight should not be tough for foster. He was favorite to win 8 to1 andHe went to split decision I Don’t want to underestimate Nova but Foster should have won by wide unanimous decision

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