Saturday, October 22, 2005

Tua reclaims contender status; McCline drops decision

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Hard Rock Live Arena) --- Zuri Lawrence, 20-10-4, 1 NC (0 KOs), Wappinger Falls, New York, 238½, scored a major upset by taking a clear unanimous decision over former title contender Jameel McCline, 32-6-3 (20 KOs), Clifton, New Jersey, 268½. Scoring of the bout was 100-90; 97-93; and 97-93 all for Lawrence. The Sweet Science scored the fight 98-92 also for Lawrence.

David Tua, 43-3-1 (38 KOs), New Zealand, 245, escaped with a 10 round split decision over Cisse Salif, 17-4-2 (16 KOs), New York, 263, to secure advancement in the division. Despite the split verdict, he appeared to clearly overtake the capable Salif. The scoring revealed as wide a margin of disagreement as most will ever see. Scoring was 96-94 Salif; 96-94 Tua; and 98-92 Tua. The Sweet Science scored the bout 98-92 for Tua.

Edison Miranda, 25-0 (22 KOs), Colombia, 159½, blasted his way to a third round knockout over Sherwin Davis, 18-2 (12 KOs), Indianapolis, Ind., 157, to retain his WBO Latin middleweight belt.

Yuri Foreman, 19-0 (7 KOs), New York (via Belarus), 155, captured a shutout win with a boxing clinic over journeyman Troy Lowry, 27-6 (16 KOs), St. Paul, Minn., 153¼. Scoring was 100-90 by all three judges and The Sweet Science.


Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well JE,it looks like one guy's days as a contender are over (I think we can now officially put Mccline in the 'journeymen category')While the other...Just kind 'plods on'.Tua-if he could get his weight down-still could be a factor in the division.But this guy should be in the 220's or absolutely no more than the 230's...

9:29 PM  
Anonymous the cruisewrweight said...

P.S.-Does this make Brock's win over Mccline a bit 'less impressive'? Perhaps.(Not that I was really all that impressed with it to begin with.) I do feel however that Brock-while certainly nothing 'special'-is a good-solid hvy contender nevertheless.

9:32 PM  

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