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2021-05-17
Buatsi, McCarthy, Richards, and Cunningham Win in Manchester; Martinez Outpoints Burgos In California
Pictured: Joshua Buatsi


On Saturday, May 15, five bouts featuring fighters not currently ranked by TTR which may impact TTR's rankings took place- four in Manchester, England and one in Carson, California. The Manchester bouts were won by Joshua Buatsi, Tommy McCarthy, Lerrone Richards, and Jason Cunningham and the bout in California was won by Xavier Martinez.


Manchester, Lancashire, England-

WBA International Light Heavyweight Title-
Champion Joshua Buatsi (WBA #2, IBF #3, WBC #6, WBO #7, IBO #10; 14-0, 12 KOs)
TKO-4 2:44
Daniel Blenda Dos Santos (IBO #67; 15-1, 8 KOs)
- Buatsi floored Dos Santos in round 2 and again in round 4, the latter knockdown resulting in referee Victor Loughlin mercifully stopping the bout without issuing a count.
- Dos Santos, although previously unbeaten in 15 professional bouts, lacked the necessary experience to take this step up. Buatsi may have had two less pro bouts but has faced much higher caliber opponents.

EBU European Cruiserweight Title-
Champion Tommy McCarthy (WBA #5, IBF #5, WBC #6, IBO #18; 18-2, 9 KOs)
KO-6 2:09
Alexandru Jur (19-5, 7 KOs)
- McCarthy dropped Jur with with lefts to the body in round 4 and in round 6. The second knockdown resulted in Jur failing to beat the ten-count.

Vacant EBU European Super Middleweight Title-
Lerrone Richards (WBO #15, IBO #45; 15-0, 3 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Giovanni De Carolis (28-10-1, 13 KOs)
- Richards, who previously held the WBO European, Commonwealth, and BBBofC British titles, outpointed the former WBA and Global Boxing Union World champion by the scores of 119-109, 120-108, and 120-108.

EBU European Super Bantamweight Title-
Jason Cunningham (29-6, 6 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 12
Champion Gamal Yafai (IBF #10, WBC #24, IBO #25; 18-2, 10 KOs)
- Cunnigham dropped Yafai three times- once in round 2, once in round 4, and once in round 6.
- The scores were 114-111, 114-111, and 115-110.

Carson, California, USA-

Lightweight Bout-
Xavier Martinez (WBA #2, WBC #17, IBO #22- all at 130; 17-0, 11 KOs)
Unan. Dec. 10
Juan Carlos Burgos (34-5-2, 21 KOs)
- Martinez weighed in at 131 1/2; Burgos at 131 3/4.
- All three judges scored the bout 99-91 for Martinez with Burgos winning only one round- the fourth.
- Steve Farhood of Showtime scored the bout 98-92 for Martinez with Burgos winning the 3rd and 6th rounds.
- Scoring the bout for TTR's Main Page, I had Martinez by the score of 97-93 with Burgos winning rounds 3, 4, and 6.
 
Article By: Ken Pollitt