Pablo Cesar Cano. Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano overcame a slow start to win a hard-fought fifth-round technical decision over Ruslan Madiev Thursday night inside The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The bout was scheduled for 10.
The fight was a crossroads clash between junior welterweight aggressors who are known for letting their hands go. There was no feeling-out process as both fighters immediately went on the attack.
Madiev was the more effective fighter in Round 1, but Cano fought well in the pocket and landed the more eye-catching punches as the fight wore on.
Suddenly, in Round 3, an accidental clash of heads opened a cut above Cano’s left eye. Madiev attempted to take advantage, but the Mexico City fighter utilized his experience and ring savvy to outbox his opponent despite carrying a serious injury.
However as the seconds ticked away in the fifth a right cross from Madiev worsened the cut and referee Russell Mora immediately stopped the bout. Initially, it looked as though Madiev would be awarded a stoppage win, but replays utilized by the Nevada Athletic Commission took the bout to the scorecards. All three judges scored the bout 49-46 in favor of Cano (31-7-1, 21 knockouts).
“I felt comfortable in there before the cut,” said Cano who entered the bout having lost three of his previous four bouts. “We worked hard. It was a good thing that he came out and threw a lot of punches because I took advantage of it. If he wants the rematch he can get it any time.”
Cano is best known for his close decision losses to Shane Mosley, Fidel Maldonado and Paulie Malignaggi (in a WBA welterweight title fight).
Madiev, who is originally from Kazakhstan and now resides in Big Bear Lake, California, drops to 12-1, 5 KOs. He is trained by Abel Sanchez.
In the co-feature, Franchon Crews-Dezurn (4-1, 1 KO) won a 10-round majority decision over Maricela Cornejo.
One judge scored the bout 95-95, which did not reflect the action in this fight. The other two judges scored 99-91 for Crews-Dezurn, who has won her last four bouts since a loss to Claressa Shields in November 2016.
Cornejo, who resides in the Los Angeles area, falls to 12-3, 5 KOs.
Welterweight prospect Raul Curiel (5-0, 3 KOs) won a one-sided six-round decision over Ryan Pino (8-3, 4 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Curiel, who is trained by Freddie Roach.
In featherweight action, Isaac Zarate won an eight-round split decision over former contender Horacio Garcia. One judge scored the bout 77-75 for Garcia, while the other two judges scored the bout 78-74 and 77-75 for Zarate (16-3-3, 2 KOs).
Garcia, who has lost recent bouts to Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz and Carl Frampton, drops to 34-5-1, 24 KOs.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing
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