Barthelemy claims IBF title as early stoppage spells the end for Jeff Lacy

Rances Bathelemy is the new IBF super-featherweight title following a decisive twelve round decision victory over Argenis Mendez at the AAA Arena in Miami, Florida.

‘Kid Blast’ avenged a controversial stoppage loss in January that was ultimately reversed, despite the 28 year-old losing points in the ninth and tenth round due to low blows.

In the end, the three judges carded identical scores of 115-111 to hand the US-based Cuban his first world title at the second attempt and improve his record to 20-0 in the process.

Also on the bill, former IBF super-middleweight title holder Jeff Lacy was put down in the first round by strong Cuban Umberto Savigne, before being finished off in the second round by the 35 year-old.

The defeat was only the second time Lacy, 37, had been stopped in his career, the last time being against Roy Jones Jr in 2009, and it seems that this latest comeback effort for ‘Left Hook’ has failed to bring any success.

Another fighter who should have retirement firmly in his mind is 33 year-old Edison Miranda as ‘The Black Panther’ lost every round of ten on my card against Yunier Dorticos to go down to a fourth straight loss.

Earlier, Erickson Lubin pushed his record to 6-0 after being taken the distance for the first time in his career by Noe Bolanos. Judges all scored the bout 80-72 after eight sessions of action.

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