Lion untamed: Renald Garrido upsets again, splits Daouda Sow

Renald Garrido

Charismatic Frenchman Renald Garrido took down a second undefeated prospect in six months on Saturday night following an eight-round split decision win in his home country.

The 32 year-old, who ended talented Briton Bradley Saunders’ perfect record in September of last year, out-pointed promising former French lightweight champion Daouda Sow at the Marcel Cerdan Sport Palace.

Nicknamed ‘Le Lion’, Garrido carded 77-74 and 77-75 to Sow’s 77-75 with the three ringside judges after eight rounds to improve his own C.V to 16-13-1. Opponent Sow dropped his first loss in 19 bouts and the southpaw may now call for an immediate rematch.

Also on the bill, Cedric Vitu and Igor Mikhalkin defended their respective European super-welterweight and light-heavyweight titles with victories over Ruben Varon and Patrick Bois.

Vitu stopped Varon in the fourth round of their contest, whilst Mikhalkin unanimously out-pointed Bois after a twelve round tussle.

At lightweight, Luke Campbell- conqueror Yvan Mendy built on his success by halting Samir Kasmi in the ninth round, whilst former world middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam out-scored ex-Prizefighter UK winner Patrick Mendy over eight sessions.

N’Dam, 32, had been out of action since June when losing out on the vacant IBF title at 160 pounds against David Lemieux and could be in line for another shot in the near future after retaining a healthy ranking.