(Boxing) PBC on FS1 Highlights – March 28, 2017

Hernandez vs Davis

Kyrone Davis held on for a split decision victory over previously unbeaten Marcos Hernandez in a back-and-forth battle between two 154-pound prospects on PBC on FS1 on March 28, 2017 from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

Davis (12-1) came out aggressive from the start as he looked to close distance and attack Hernandez (9-1) from the inside. It nearly backfired early though as Hernandez wobbled Davis with a left hook and followed up with a right uppercut that put Davis in some early trouble.

The tide swung back towards Davis after the first two rounds with an increased attack to Hernandez’s body, which slowed down the offense of the Fresno-native. In round seven, a stray body shot from Davis was deemed low by referee Dan Stell, who deducted a point as Hernandez dropped to the canvas.

Despite the deduction, Davis was able to remain effective with his aggressive game plan as both fighters went past eight rounds for the first time in their pro careers. Hernandez appeared to hurt Davis midway through the final round with a left hook, but Davis was able to smother Hernandez as he went for the knockout.

After the end of ten rounds the judges awarded Davis a split decision by scores of 95-94 for Hernandez and 96-93 twice for Davis.

McAllister vs Torres

Malcolm McAllister saw his knockout streak come to an end, and tasted the canvas for the first time in his career—but the unbeaten prospect hung on to earn a unanimous decision victory over Mexico’s Alejandro Torres (9-2-2, 4 KOs) in their middleweight bout on PBC on FS1 on March 28, 2017 from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

McAllister—the Long Beach, Calif. native, who improved to 9-0 with 8 KOs—was in control of the fight throughout the first five rounds using his jab to control the distance. He began landing more right hands in the third round and continued to box effectively while building a lead on the scorecards.

But the fight drastically changed early in the sixth and final round as Torres got the better of an exchange of power punches and connected with a massive left hook that stunned McAllister and sent him to the canvas. With a combination of clinches, jabs and movement, McAllister was able to finish off the fight on his feet despite Torres’ advances and held on for the decision (58-55 on all three judges’ cards.)

Barthelemy vs Blanco

Undefeated Cuban prospect Leduan Barthelemy (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage of Reynaldo Blanco (14-4, 8 KOs) in his first headlining main event on PBC on FS1 on March 28, 2017 from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California.

“I came here knowing that I had to make a statement and deliver a knockout on FS1 and FOX Deportes,” said the 130-pound Barthelemy, who fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada. “I controlled the fight from the opening bell and never lost focus.”

The brother of two-division world champion Rances, Barthelemy showed off his boxing skill by using his length and speed to dictate the action against Blanco. After a slow start, Blanco came alive in the third round and began increasing his offensive output, including a looping right hand that landed clean on Barthelemy’s head late in the round.

Blanco again pushed the action in round four and landed a sharp left hook, but Barthelemy took the shot and responded with a right hook of his own to end the round. Barthelemy continued to have success with his jab, and throwing combinations off of it, and eventually opened up a cut over Blanco’s right eye at the end of round eight.

Barthelemy was the fresher fighter as he entered the ninth round for the first time in his career and it showed as he dropped Blanco with a series of hard right hands early in the ninth round. Blanco was able to get to his feet but Barthelemy continued the onslaught, prompting Blanco’s corner to stop the fight at the official time of 1:30 of round nine.

“I feel like I’m the best up-and-coming fighter in the division,” Barthelemy said. “I’m ready to step up to the next level of competition.”

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