Showtime PPV Boxing Results: Oubaali, Ruiz, and Browne Win Decisions

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By: William Holmes

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada was the host site for tonight’s
pay per view offering by Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. 

Several title fights were on this card in addition to the
main event of Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner. 

The first bout of the night was between <strong>Hugo
Ruiz (38-4) and Alberto Guevara (27-3)</strong> in the featherweight
division. 

Ruiz was the taller and longer fighter of the two, and he had to face Guevara who had to step in as a last minute replacement, and his body looked like he hasn’t been training heavily in the past few weeks.

Ruiz was able to land two short right hands followed by two
short left hooks in the first round that sent Guevara down to the mat, but he
was unable to follow up on that and finish the fight early.

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Ruiz was throwing a little more power into his shots in the
second round, and was able to do good work to the body.  Ruiz continued to walk Guevara down in the
third and fourth rounds, but he wasn’t throwing enough combinations to seriously
hurt or threaten Guevara. 

Ruiz was warned for a low blow in
the fifth round, but still landed more shots than Guevara despite the action
slowing down.  Guevara was able to land
some counters in the seventh round, but was fighting off his back foot in the eight
round and was not throwing enough punches to win an otherwise winnable
round. 

It looked like Guevara is fighting to just survive and not
go for the win.  He has to know he’s
behind on the scorecards but he didn’t take any risks in the final two rounds
of the bout.

Ruiz wins a lackluster decision with scores of 100-89,
99-90, and 99-90.

The next fight of the night was between <strong>Nordine
Oubaali (14-0) and Rau’shee Warren (16-2) (</strong> for the WBC
Bantamweight title. 

Both Oubaali and Warren fought as southpaws, and they previously
met in the Olympics when Oubaali was able to defeat Warren.

Warren showed good hand speed early on and Oubaali was a little
short with his punches.  Warren’s jab was
accurate early, and he may have had Oubaali a little hurt in the third round.

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Oubaali began to turn the tide of the fight in his favor in
the fourth round when he landed a counter left hand near the end of the round,
and he had a strong fifth round with some check right hooks and lead right
hands.

The sixth round was a close one, but Oubaali may have hurt
Warren at the end of the round with a good left hand.  Warren unwisely got in a firefight with Oubaali
in the seventh round and may have lost the round as a result.  Warren, to his credit, continued to exchange
with Oubaali in the eighth round.

Warren pressed the pace in the ninth round but got tagged
with some good power shots, and Oubaali was more accurate with his counter
shots in the tenth round.

Warren likely stole the eleventh round with his activity and
pressure, but it appeared to many he needed a knockout in the last round in
order to pull out a win. 

That knockout didn’t come, but overall there were many close
rounds.

The judges scored the fight 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111
for Nordine Ouaali.

The co-main event of the night was between <strong>
Badou Jack (22-1-3) and Marcus Browne (22-0) </strong>for the WBA Interim
Light Heavyweight Championship. 

Browne had the slight height and reach advantage on Jack and was able to use it to his advantage early on.  He pressed the pace more in the opening two rounds and kept control of the center of the ring.

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Browne was able to land some good shots to the body in the
third and fourth round, while Jack was unable to land any notable punches on
Browne’s body or head.

Marcus Browne had a very good fifth round, he was able to
land a strong left hook that had Jack hurt, but Browne didn’t press the pace and
go for the knockdown.   Browne looked
very confident going into the sixth round, and wasn’t bothered by Jack’s power
at all

Browne opened up a cut in the middle of Jack’s forehead
after a headbutt and was later deducted a point in the seventh round.  Browne was landing clean combinations in the
eighth and ninth rounds, as the blood dripped from Jack’s forehead and he
appeared to be losing his energy.

Badou Jack was able to make a brief comeback in the tenth
round with a flurry of punches on Browne by the corner. Bit he wasn’t able to
follow that up with any effective offense.

Jack looked like a defeated fighter going into the final two
rounds of the fight, as Browne looked confident he was going to walk away the
winner.  Browne went in for the kill in
the final round as the blood was pouring out of Jack’s cut.  The ringside doctor came out to check Jack’s
cut, but allowed him to continue.  Jack was
able to finish out the fight, but he had a crimson mask of blood.

The final scores of the fight were 117-110, 116-111, and 119-108 for Marcus Browne.





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