Stadion Miejski, Wroclaw, Poland– Pure domination would be the word to describe Vitali Klitschko’s (43-2, 40 KOs) seventh straight WBC heavyweight title defense against Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs).
From the opening bell to the ref’s merciful decision to stop the contest in the 10th, nothing varied from the typical Vitali Klitschko script. The defending champ boxed from the outside, picked his punches well, and gradually broke down the body and resolve of his opponent.
By the time of the stoppage, Adamek had lost every round and was just gamely coming forward, eating punches.
Also on the card, cruiserweight, Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Lukasz Rusiewicz (9-11, 2 KOs)
Welterweight, Sadam Ali (14-0, 8 KOs) stopped Boris Berg (4-5-1, 3 KOs) in the fifth round of their scheduled six.
Johnathon Banks (27-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a TKO 7 over Ivica Bacurin (8-2-1, 2 KOs) in an eight round heavyweight bout.
Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom– In a WBA junior welterweight eliminator bout, Ireland’s Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) took a close, but disputed unanimous decision victory over Colombia’s Breidis Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) by scores of 114-113, 115-113, and 114-113.
Prescott took an early lead in the bout, beginning with a questionable knockdown scored in the first that was more inside forearm hook than actual punch. The Colombian fought intelligently for the first six rounds, landing some big shots while boxing solidly from the outside, keeping his opponent at the end of his long punches.
McCloskey started putting on the pressure in the seventh, working his way into the right range and nearly sweeping the second half of the fight and earning a second shot shot at Amir Khan’s world title after a technical decision loss to Khan in April.
Despite the unanimous decision from the judges, The Boxing Tribune scored the bout 115-112 in favor of Prescott.
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About the Author: Paul has been in and around the sport of boxing for more than thirty years. You can read his work on Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports, or on his own website, The Boxing Tribune. In the past, he has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. Paul currently resides in Michoacan, Mexico, where he has worked as a licensed boxing official as well as co-trainer at Ruben Olivares' gym.