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O’Shaquie Foster wins vacant WBC junior lightweight belt

O’shaquie Foster beat two-division champion, Rey Vargas, on a unani­mous 12-round points decision to win the vacant WBC junior light­weight belt at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday night.

The scores were 119-109, 117- 111 and 116-112.

Foster came out fast at the opening bell and was far too fast as he frustrated Vargas to score with clean shots through the first half of the fight.

From round seven, Vargas knew that he had to pick up the pace and possibly shaded rounds six, seven and eight but this was not enough as Foster finished strongly to take the title.

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The other junior lightweight champions are Shavkat Rakhimov (IBF) and Hector Luis Garcia (WBA). The WBO belt is vacant.

Foster improved his record to 20-2; 11, and Vargas’ record dropped to 36-1; 22.

On the undercard, former world champion, Mario “El Azteca” Barrios, 27-2; 18, now fighting at welterweight, won on an eighth-round technical knockout over Jovanie Santiago, 14-3-1; 10.

In a heavyweight bout, 2016 Olympian and WBA No 6 rated, Lenier Peró, 9-0; 6, won on an eighth-round stoppage against Viktor Faust 11-1; 7.

Ryan Rozicki, who is listed at No 9 cruiserweight by the WBC, won a third-round knock­out against Arturs Gorlov on Saturday night at the Hamilton Convention Centre located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Rozicki scored a knockdown in the second round and then sent Gorlov down again in the third round at 2:29.

Rozicki took his record to 17-1; 16, and Gorlov’s record dropped to 10-3-1; 8.

In a junior welterweight clash, Adam Azim 8-0; 6, scored a knockdown in the second round against Santos Reyes 12-1; 3, on his way to win with wide margins on Saturday night at the OVO Wembley Arena in London, England. Azim won the WBA International title.

The scores were 100-89 among all three judges’ scorecards.

Zak Chelli 13-1-1; 6, beat Anthony Sims 23-2; 20, over ten rounds for the WBA Internation­al super middleweight title.

The scores were 99-92 and 98- 92 twice.

Middleweight Tyler Denny 16- 2-3; 0, outscored Brad Pauls, 16- 1; 9, over ten rounds with scores of 98-93 and 97-93 twice. —SuperSport

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