By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / @trappfotos
In a career-best performance, WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) scored an impressive tenth round TKO over WBC light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward sent Dawson to a knee in round three, and floored him again in round four. Dawson, who moved down a division to challenge Ward, was unable to get much going and Ward battered him to the deck again in the tenth to end it. Time was 2:45.
WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 20 KOs) needed just 44 seconds to annihilate John Molina (24-2, 19 KOs). DeMarco wobbled Molina, then got a referee’s stoppage with a merciless barrage of punches.
Few things are as reliable in life as death, taxes, and Malik Scott by eight-round unanimous decision. But Bowie Tupou flipped the script, quitting before the judges could award Scott another 80-72 victory. Scott, (35-0, 12 KOs), coasted through the first seven rounds. In round eight, Tupou, (22-2, 16 KOs), complained to the referee about his left elbow, prompting the ringside physician to examine him and stop the fight, to nobody’s disappointment. Official time of the stoppage was :52 of round eight.
2000 Olympics silver medalist Ricardo Williams, (20-3, 10 KOs), rebounded from a knockout loss in his last fight to earn a majority decision over Anthony Lenk, (14-2, 7 KOs), in a six-round junior welterweight bout. Two judges scored the bout 58-56 for Williams, with the third judge scoring the fight 57-57. No knockdowns in the bout but good two-way action.
In the first undercard bout tonight in Oakland, heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence, (18-2-2, 13 KOs), cruised to a pedestrian TKO over Homero Fonseca, (9-6-3, 2 KOs), at the end of round seven in a scheduled eight-round bout. Lawrence was in control from the opening bell in a bout with little sustained action. Between rounds seven and eight, the referee stopped the fight due to a large welt that had formed over Fonseca’s left eye.
In the first of two walkout bouts in Oakland, hometown fighter Tony Hirsch, (13-5-2, 6 KOs), scored a unanimous decision over Roberto Yong, (5-6-1, 4 KOs), in a four-round middleweight bout. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
The final bout of the evening from Oakland featured the debut of Randy Guerrero, the younger brother of WBC welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. With older brother watching intently from ringside, the younger Guerrero and fellow first-time fighter Juan Urbina brought the remaining crowd to their feet with four rounds of non-stop featherweight action, ending in a very fair majority draw. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Guerrero, with the other two judges scoring the bout 38-38.