Undefeated middleweight Antoine Douglas dropped Istvan Szili three times en route to a third round stoppage and won the Inter-Continental middleweight title Friday at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Right from the start Douglas (18-0-1, 12 KOs) slugged it out against Szili. He was able to tag Szili (18-1-2, 8 KOs) with right crosses, which was the main weapon that dropped and stopped the 32 years old Szili. In the second round, a right hand dropped Szili to his knees. In the third, a right hand and a left hook dropped Szili flat onto his stomach and then again ultimately down for good at the 0:29 mark in Round 3.
It was an impressive performance by Douglas overall. But it remains to be seen where this victory would lead him later this year.
Arif Magomedov UD 10 Derrick Webster
Height doesn’t matter.
Russian, Arif Magomedov dominates six-foot, 4-inches tall Derrick Webster to capture regional middleweight title in the under-card. In the get-go, Webster (19-1, 10 KOs) tried to use his height advantage using his jab from outside. But Magomedov’s constant pressure found success, landing combinations to the body and right hands to the head of Webster. He was able to score effectively with his lead right hand every round.
Magomedov, 22, dropped Webster with a right hand six seconds remaining in the seventh round.
In the eighth, Magomedov stepped up his offensive pace a little bit more looking to end the fight by a knockout, but Webster was able to survive.
Sensing the urgency as a knockout is the only way to win, Webster turned aggressive in the ninth frame. He landed stiff jabs and left hooks to the head that derailed Magomedov’s offense. It’s the only round that Magomedov looked dominant.
In the tenth, Webster tried to set the same tempo he started in Round 9 and is looking to finished the round strong. But Magomedov caught Webster again with a right hand that sent him down again to the canvas.
The official score was 99-89 on all three judges.