France’s Nordine Oubaali made his professional U.S. debut tonight in Las Vegas, outpointing old amateur rival Rau’shee Warren to win the vacant WBC bantamweight title.
Scores were 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111 for Oubaali. BLH had it 116-112 and 117-111, both cards for Oubaali.
Oubaali (15-0, 11 KO) was able to outwork and outland Warren (16-3, 4 KO) throughout the bout, but it was a good, high-level bout between a couple of skilled bantamweights, similar in many ways to their competitive meeting at the 2012 Olympics in London, which Oubaali also won.
Warren was there with Oubaali and made it a fight, but Oubaali was the harder puncher and landed the more eye-catching shots, in addition to simply being busier and a bit more accurate. Warren was hurt a bit in the seventh round, but responded by fighting back.
Oubaali seemed to secured the fight in the middle rounds, as it was close to start and Warren gave a great effort at the end, too.
Oubaali landed 156 of 662 (24%) total punches, and 126 of 481 (26%) of his power punches. Warren landed 97 of 527 (18%) of his total punches, leaning heavily on his jab, and 60 of 232 (26%) of his power punches.