Van Heerden split nod, wins for N’Dam, Dorticos and Martin at Barker Hangar

Former IBO welterweight champion Chris Van Heerden remains undefeated on US soil after the South African overcame Ray Narh in a close battle at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

The 26 year-old, who made a bold decision to leave his native country over Christmas last year, moved towards the high-profile clash he craves by scoring a split decision victory over his Ghanaian opponent.

Narh, 35, managed to keep the fight close by using all his ring experience, although pre-fight favourite Van Heerden was able to use his athleticism to good effect to eventually prevail after the ten rounds.

Two of the judges ringside handed Van Heerden the contest 96-94, whilst the third carded for Narh 97-93, which seemed a little harsh on ‘The Heat’ who provided the cleaner work over the duration of the fight.

Also on the bill, ex-WBO middleweight king Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam proved way too skilful for Colombian veteran Fulgencio Zuniga, winning every round of ten on all three scorecards despite an injured hand.

Talented Cuban knockout artist Yunier Dorticos improved to 17-0 with 17 KO’s by climbing off the canvas to halt Eric Fields in four rounds, whilst Charles Martin also stayed unbeaten through seventeen fights by stopping Alexander Flores in the same round.

Martin know holds a record of 16-0-1 after recording his 14th stoppage overall.

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