Yafai retains WBA belton controversial decision

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Yafai raises his hand in victory

WBA junior-bantamweight champion Khalid Yafai retained his belt on a controversial 12-round points decision over Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night at the Casino de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The scores were 117-111 and 116-112 twice, which was not a true reflection of the fight. In a fight that one scribe considered to be the worst decision he had seen in many years, Yafai (25-0; 15) struggled against Gonzalez (23-3; 10), who out-boxed him through most of the rounds.

Gonzalez threw punches throughout, with the champion only able to score with the occasional shot. Yafai was rather sluggish and slow but did come on strong in the last two rounds, which however, was not enough to take the decision.

On the same card, former WBA cruiserweight champion, 39-year-old Denis Lebedev (32-2; 23), beat the previously unbeaten Mike Wilson (19-1; 8).

Lebedev dominated in round four and it looked as if he was going to stop Wilson, but the rugged American managed to hang on and go the distance. The scores were 119-109 twice and 117-111.

Late substitute Michael Hunter (16-1; 11) stopped Alexander Ustinov (34-3; 25) in the ninth round of a heavyweight fight. Time was 1:52.

Olympic gold medallist junior-featherweight Daniyar Yeleussinov (5-0; 3) stopped Marcos Mojica (16-3-2; 12) in the third round.

In a light-heavyweight contest, Fanlong Meng (14-0; 9) won on a fifth-round technical knockout over

Frank Buglioni (22-4-1; 16), when Buglioni suffered a cut over his right eye and the bout was stopped.


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