Ramirez beats Imam for vacant WBC belt / Lozada SHOCKS Verdejo with SECONDS LEFT / Helenius SD

WBN 18/03/2018

Jose Ramirez is the new WBC super-lightweight champion following a decision win over Amir Imam at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Ramirez was the way more skillful boxer of the two and saw out a unanimous decision in the WBC’s 2000th world title fight to claim Terence Crawford’s old belt.

In further action on the undercard, Antonio Lozada Jr. halted the considerable rise of Felix Verdejo with a shock final round stoppage.

There were only 23 SECONDS left in the fight when referee Eddie Claudio decided to step in with Verdejo taking multiple head shots.

Verdejo drops to 23-1 as Lozada improves to 39-2. Promoter Bob Arum will surely be seeking a rematch between the pair.

At light-heavyweight, Oleksandr Gvozdyk moved a step closer to facing Adonis Stevenson when picking up the interim WBC title with a points win over Mehdi Amar.

In the heavyweight division, Robert Helenius squeaked past Yury Bykhautsou via an eighth-round split decision in Estonia.


12 – vacant WBC super lightweight title
Jose Ramirez UD
Amir Imam
(120-108, 117-111, 115-113)

12 – interim WBC light heavyweight title
Oleksandr Gvozdyk UD
Mehdi Amar

10 – lightweight
Antonio Lozada Jr KO10
Felix Verdejo

10 – super featherweight
Christopher Diaz TKO4
Braulio Rodriguez

10 – lightweight
Jose Pedraza UD
Jose Rodriguez

8 – featherweight
Michael Conlan TKO2
David Berna

12 – British cruiserweight title
Matty Askin TKO2
Stephen Simmons

10 – cruiserweight
Wadi Camacho TKO9
Danny Couzens

10 – heavyweight
Joe Joyce TKO1
Donnie Palmer

10 – super lightweight
Danny O’Connor UD
Steve Claggett

8 – super bantamweight
TJ Doheny TKO2
Mike Oliver

10 – middleweight
Jaime Munguia KO3
Johnny Navarrete

12 – middleweight
Sam Soliman D-MD
Wes Capper

8 – heavyweight
Robert Helenius SD
Yury Bykhautsou

12 – welterweight
Kudratillo Abdukakhorov UD
Laszlo Toth