By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at The Pit in Atlanta GA, Yahya “The Yah-ster” McClain (25-7-2, 17 KOs) took one step closer in getting his eagerly desired title shot in the cruiserweight division as he completely dominated Leo “Busido” Bercier (8-12-1, 4 KOs) of Great Falls, MT for six rounds. In the first round McClain came out un-customarily aggressive; standing his ground and taking the lead with lead jabs followed by straight rights to the body. Known for his great counter-punching an aggressive McClain dominated the round as Bercier had absolutely no answer.
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After receiving instruction from his corner to let his hands go, Bercier’s attempts were nullified by speedy, accurate shots that had the Montana native stuck with little offense if any.
Other than a faint flurry in the last ten seconds of the fight, Bercier was outboxed, outgunned, and simply outclassed by the re-surging Yahya McClain. All three judges scored the fight 60-54.
In other action:
Looking to up his game, Atlanta’s knockout hungry light heavyweight Donta Woods (5-0, 5 KOs) took on 78 fight pro Shannon “Trouble” Miller (24-46-8, 18 KOs) of Columbus MS. Woods passed the test in just :22 of round one by landing a solid right that sent Miller to the canvas. After getting up at the count of 7, referee Brian Stutts took a close look and asked Miller to step forward. Miller wobbled two steps to his right forcing Stutts to stop the fight.
Jamar “Sandman” Saunders (3-5-1, 1 KOs) of Stone Mountain GA outlasted Alabama native John Willoughby (1-2, 1 KO) in a super lightweight clash. Although the fight was fought at a frenzied pace Saunders landed cleaner blows and scored a 6 round unanimous decision. Scores read 59-55, 60-54 twice.
Super welterweight Omar Bell (7-1, 5 KOs) (brother of former undisputed cruiser-weight champ O’neil Bell) rebounded from his only loss as a pro with a KO victory. Taking on the showboating Jose Felix (10-8-2, 3 KOs) of Savannah GA, Bell stuck to his game plan and did not seem frazzled by the trash talking Felix. In the second round Felix continued with his antics and stuck out his chin after catching a jab with his nose. Bell obliged and landed three straight rights that dropped Felix and had him floundering as he attempted to rise to his feet. His attempt was feeble as the referee counted him out. Official time was 1:22 of the 2nd round.