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Froch KOs Taylor!

Spectacular Come From Behind KO; Retains WBC 168lb Title!
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Photos: Emily Harney

By Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff at ringside

Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, a come from behind TKO stoppage over former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) with 14 seconds left in the twelfth and final round to retain his title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Taylor, who was ahead on two of the three scorecards entering the 12th round, did a superb job of not allowing Froch to land anything on the inside. Taylor had Froch down in the third round from an overhand right, but Froch was able to get up and sustain Taylor’s assault. Taylor was able to effectively counter Froch with his jab and right hand as Froch kept his hands by his waist the entire fight. As the fight wore on, the effective punching by Taylor wore thin as he was tiring out, but the former champion was still able to keep Froch from landing anything flush. The 12th round was a different story as Froch was able to come out and land a big right that put Taylor down on the canvas. Taylor was visibly hurt as Froch came in firing away. The end came as Froch put Taylor up against the ropes and unloaded several shots that Taylor had no answer for which prompted referee Michael Ortega to stop the bout.
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Allan Green started the televised portion of the show off with a bang. Actually, four bangs. Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough. The first round was fought on even terms, and DeLeon actually had his best moments in the closing moments of the round. Early in round two, Green landed a left hook that dropped DeLeon hard. DeLeon rose, but Green wasted no time taking advantage of DeLeon’s shaky legs as he dropped him seconds later with an overhand right. The scene repeated itself twice more, with overhand rights sending DeLeon to the deck before it was waved off. Time of the stoppage was 1:54 of round two.
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Former title-holder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, fighting for the first time since being stopped by Ricky Hatton five months ago, scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez. For the most part the fight went as expected, with Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) using the quicks the tactical skills that made briefly made him a world champion at junior welterweight. However, there was a tenuous moment towards the end of round six, when Fernandez (16-7-1, 9 KOs), who spent much of the fight punching air, finally connected and rocked Malignaggi against the ropes. Malignaggi regrouped in between rounds and cruised a 79-73 decision on all three of the official scorecards.
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Unbeaten 2008 Olympian Sadam Ali (3-0, 2 KOs) scored an easy four round unanimous over Bryan Abraham (1-1-1, 1 KO). All threee judges scored the bout 40-35. Ali controlled the bout from the onset, utilizing his jab and superior speed to keep the game Abraham off balance. Ali was able to drop Abraham in the third round with a hard left hand however he was able to get up and beat the count.
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Southpaw prospect Danny O’Connor had an easy day at the office as he dropped Travis Hartman twice en route to a clear cut four round decision. O’Connor (6-0, 2 KOs) dropped Hartman in the in the second round with a straight left hand. Hartman (9-12-1, 7 KOs) spent the majority of the next three rounds backpedaling as O’Connor stalked. In round four, O’Connor dropped Hartman again, this time with a series of body punches. When Hartman rose, he was quickly met by O’Connor who muscled his opponent onto the ropes. Referee Joe Lupino appeared moments from stopping the bout when the final bell did that for him. All three judges scored the fight 40-34 in O’Connor’s favor.
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Veteran heavyweight Dominick Guinn (31-6, 21 KOs) scored a mild upset by knocking out previously undefeated Johnnie White (21-1, 18) at 2:01 of the opening round. Guinn knocked White down twice before referee Eddie Claudio called a halt to the bout.
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In the opener Jonathan Nelson, nephew of Jermain Taylor’s trainer Ozell Nelson, scored an unanimous decision over Eddie Caminero. Nelson (9-0, 4 KOs) out worked Caminero (5-1, 5 KOs) to win by scores were 59-55, 58-56 twice for Nelson.




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