DeAndre Ware outpointed Ronald Ellis in tonight’s ShoBox main event from Rochester, New York, scoring a majority decision win over 10 rounds.
Scores for the fight were 95-95, 96-94, and 96-94 for Ware. BLH scored the fight 97-93 for Ellis, but personally I see no great reason for outrage. I didn’t think many of the rounds were particularly clear-cut, and by the punch stats, Ware did out-land Ellis 174-150 overall, and 105-78 in power shots.
Ellis (15-1-2, 10 KO) told Showtime’s Steve Farhood that he injured his right hand early in the fight, which would explain why he didn’t seem to have much zip on it even when he threw it as the fight went on.
Ware (13-1-2, 8 KO) probably earned another appearance on ShoBox with the win, which comes after a loss to Cem Kilic in his previous fight, so this was a terrific bounce-back for the 28-year-old Ware.
In the lightweight co-feature, Albany’s Will Madera scored an upset over ShoBox veteran Thomas Mattice, winning an eight-round decision on scores of 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74. BLH had it 77-75 for Madera.
Madera (13-0-2, 6 KO) was able to build up an early lead by outworking Cleveland’s Mattice (13-1-1, 10 KO), and then hung on down the stretch. He clearly took the first three rounds of the fight, and that wound up giving him the boost to victory as the fight got closer over the last five rounds. It’s a solid win for Madera and a real setback for Mattice, who is now 1-1-1 in his last three fights, all on ShoBox, and the win was a gift.