WBC #1 cruiser Makabu edges Papin in war

A clash between cruiserweight KO artists surprisingly went the full twelve rounds with WBC #1 Ilunga Makabu (26-2, 24 KOs) winning a majority decision over previously unbeaten Aleksei Papin (11-1, 10 KOs) in a bout for the WBC silver title on Saturday night at the Traktor Sport Palace in Chelyabinsk, Russia. It was a hard-fought battle of attrition with both fighters digging deep. Makabu dropped Papin in the final 30 seconds, then Papin rocked Makabu in the ten seconds. Scores were 113-113, 115-113, 115-113, so the late knockdown won it.

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  • Yarde should knock out Kovalev.

    Mr. Cigarettes is about to be smoked.

    Yarde will put out Mr. Cigarettes.

  • Those scores make NO sense. If Makabu wins 6 rounds with a 10-8 round and Papin wins six rounds, the score is 114-113. I don’t know how you get a 113-113 score in 12 rounds with a knockdown.

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