McDonnell edges Kameda; Figueroa defeats Burns; Trout stops Galarza
Jamie McDonnell kept hold of his WBA bantamweight title with a wafer-thin decision victory over Tomoki Kameda in Texas.
The two-time world champion picked himself up from suffering a knockdown in the third round to rally late on and out-work the Japanese challenger.
After twelve rounds, judges ringside gave McDonnell the fight 114-113 on all three cards as former WBO champion Kameda lost for the first time in his career.
In the main event, ex-WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa engaged in a phone box battle with two-weight world title holder Ricky Burns on his debut at 140lbs. The Texan was in Burns’ face for the duration of the contest but did look tired in a few of the rounds, although at the end of the day just deserved the victory.
Scores of 117-109 and 116-110 twice didn’t do Burns’ effort justice and referee Laurence Cole did his best to spoilt the contest when interfering constantly and unjustly docking the Briton two points. My card read 114-112 at the end of the twelve rounds, and without the deductions, Burns may have had valid claims for a draw.
Former world super welterweight title holder Austin Trout recorded his third straight victory since losing back-to-back to Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez in 2013.
The 29 year-old from New Mexico ended his contest with Luis Galarza in the seventh round to improve his record to 29-2 and move closer to facing one of the top operator at 154lbs.
Earlier, Darwin Price defeated Juan Ovalle in the first round to move to 7-0, whilst super bantamweight Brandon Figueroa out-pointed Hector Gutierrez 40-35 on all three cards on his debut.
Enrique Alvarez moved to 6-0 with a third round stoppage of Alberto Espinoza, whilst Ryan Karl defeated Alfred Hall and Steve Lovett stopped Erik Watkins in six.