Turkish WBC Super Middleweight International champion, Avni Yildirim (19-1) outscored Canadian Ryan Ford (14-3) over twelve tough, uncompromising and pungent rounds, in Cologne, Germany.
Yildirim won on scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 117-112 and thus retained the WBC Int´l title. But easy, or plain sailing...it wasn't.
Yildirim kept coming throughout the fight with an appreciably busier workload, but looked tired in the last round and was momentarily shaken by a cracking right hand from Ford.
Avni has won 19 of his 20 pro fights so far with his sole loss coming in the World Boxing Super Series to Chris Eubank Jr.
Motivated Mexican boxer Ganigan Lopez, is itching for a rematch against WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6 KOs), on May 25 at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Japan.
Ganigan was crowned light flyweight champion in March 2016, when he dethroned Yu Kimura in Kyoto. He then made a successful defense at the Coliseum Arena in Mexico City against Jonathan Taconing but lost the belt on May 20 against Ken Shiro in a very close nail-biter in Tokyo.
An about-face against Shiro appreciably motivates, because Ganigan has the experience of being crowned in Japan; "Once we won the title of the world in Japan and I am confident of repeating the feat and exacting plus collecting revenge against Shiro," promised Ganigan (28-7, 17 KOs), pledging:
"We will travel with better physical preparation than in other occasions, a better work plan in which we will lose weight in a timely manner. So that dehydration does not affect us, and at the time of the fight my body is already completely recovered, I will arrive in excellent condition."