Jamie McDonnell got out with the win tonight in Liverpool, beating short notice opponent and verified non-contender Javier Chacon via 10th round stoppage, but it was hardly an impressive fight for the favored man, who won via sudden 10th round injury stoppage when Chacon complained of a shoulder injury.
BLH had Chacon up 86-85 at the time of stoppage, though McDonnell had won the prior two rounds clearly, and was making his move. The official scores were announced as 86-85, 87-84, and 88-83, all for McDonnell, with the five-point card completely ridiculous but about par for the course in boxing.
McDonnell (25-2-1, 12 KO) retains his WBA "world" title and now looks to move on to a "unification" fight with WBO titleholder Tomoki Kameda in early 2015. Kameda (31-0, 19 KO) is coming off of his own somewhat sluggish but more convincing win over Alejandro Hernandez on November 1.
Chacon (20-3, 5 KO) did quite well for himself in this fight, especially considering he was just inserted into the bout five days ago, subbing in for Walberto Ramos. He was busy and able to get to McDonnell in the early going, but to McDonnell's credit, he was coming on strongly, and looked to be taking over the fight as Chacon was visibly tiring.
Does McDonnell have a shot against Kameda? Whose stock took the bigger dip with their November fight?