Victor Ramirez clung on to his new IBF cruiserweight title in a tight tussle with British late replacement Ovill McKenzie in Buenos Aires.
The 31 year-old, making the first defense of the title by default following the stripping of Yoan Pablo Hernandez, struggled to cope with the brute strength of McKenzie at times despite have home advantage.
A massive pre-fight favourite, ‘El Tyson del Abasto’ Ramirez failed to fully impose himself on McKenzie for the duration of the contest despite ‘The Upsetter’ coming in at late notice just eleven days prior to the bout.
Following the full twelve rounds, judges awarded the contest 115-113 to the champion and 115-113 to the challenger, with a third carding 114-114 to see Ramirez keep hold of his new-found status and improve to 22-2-1.
McKenzie was also held to the first draw of his career and now boasts a record of 25-12-1.
Elsewhere in California, up and coming prospects Patrick Teixeira, Zachary Ochoa and Antonio Gutierrez all scored victories in the latest of Golden Boy Promotions’s LA Fight Club series.
Teixeira and Ochoa both scored knockouts to remain undefeated, whilst Gutierrez won via a six-round unanimous decision and is now 19-1-1 after suffering a first career loss in his previous fight.