A good weekend of boxing is clouded by suspect scoring as Sam Peter snatches one from James Toney, Clinton Woods edges Glen Johnson to retain the IBF Light Heavy strap, and Allan Green gets a home cooked decision.
Samuel Peter won a semi controversial split decision over James “Lights Out” Toney in what turned out to be a good, tough fight. Toney was looking a little flabby as usual but his left jab was coming in at the speed of a lightweight and it consistently busted Peter in the mouth.
Peter was his usual self which means nothing fancy (besides the double ear muff punch that cost him point late in the fight) for the most part walking right in and throwing bombs. There were spots where Toney absolutely schooled Peter. There were other spots where Peter looked like he hurt Toney. In the end, it was Peter’s arm being raised and Toney complaining about how he was robbed.
Peter will likely fight Oleg Maskaev next.
ESPN kicked off the weekend action in style as Emmanuel Augustus avenged his 2004 head scratching loss to Courtney Burton by knocking out the Flint MI native in the 8th round last night. It was an entertaining match up as usual with Augustus, his high energy style always pleases the crowd.
While Burton was also dishing it out, unfortunately he looks to be on the down slope of his career already despite being only 26 years old. He has been on the receiving end of knockout losses to tough competition in his last 6, maybe he needs to hang them up so he can live a long fruitful life outside the ring.
In the main event, Allan Green was given quite a scare by a surprisingly game Emmett Linton who took the fight to the young prospect every minute of every round. Green seemed to have trouble with the southpaws style and conditioning seemed to be a bit of a factor.
It was a tough fight throughout and Green seemed to squeeze the lead early in the 7th when he scored a huge knockdown on a crushing right. Linton raised up and was able to take control towards the end of the round. The fight went to the cards and the Oklahoma judges gave Green a cushy unanimous decision victory although is was a much much closer fight.
Over in England, Clinton Woods took a close split decision victory over boxing road warrior Glen Johnson to keep his IBF Light Heavyweight title. While I haven’t seen the fight yet, word on the street is that it was a leather fest which could have gone either way. Glencuff always brings the pain so you know Woods had to be on his A game.
What I do know is that Johnson’s pocket also took a hit as he bet an extra $50,000 on the outcome with Wood’s promoter Dennis Hobson before the fight. This was third segment of their trilogy that has oddly gone 1 – 1- 1. Maybe we will get a 4th and deciding match?
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