American super-middleweight Donovan George finally came of age in Chicago on Saturday night as the talented fighter became the new IBO 168lb champion at US Cellular Field.
The 29 year-old lived up to his nickname as he proved to be ‘Da Bomb’ by outworking Davis over twelve rounds to put himself right in the mix for a potential unification against some of the bigger names in the super-middleweight division.
George carded a 116-112 victory on one of the scorecards, with the other two judges seeing it 115-113 to hand the tough Illinois fighter the coveted belt to cap his defining night in a career of ups and downs.
Realising his dream on home soil, George broke down in the ring once the title was strapped around his waist and can now begin to dream of match-ups with the likes of Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham or Carl Froch.
On the undercard, cruiserweight contender Mike Jimenez made it to 15-0 with a unanimous points win over an outclassed Maxell Taylor. Jimenez was given the decision by the three ringside judges 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 to keep up his career momentum and head towards titles at the 200lb limit.
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