Nigerian super flyweight Aliu Bamidele Lasisi stayed unbeaten with a win in his home base of Dubai, beating Nicaragua’s Ricardo Blandon on scores of 114-111 across the board. BLH had the fight 114-111 for Lasisi, as well.
Lasisi (13-0, 8 KO) was dropped in the third round on a right hand, but for the most part he was able to outbox the determined Blandon (10-2, 6 KO). He also returned the favor in the 10th round, putting Blandon on the canvas. There was also a point deduction in round four, with Lasisi losing a point due to a clash of heads.
The win gives Lasisi, 28, the WBC’s international super flyweight title, but nothing on display today made him look like any threat to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai or any of the other top 115-pound fighters.
Davey Oliver Joyce TKO-7 Stephen Tiffney
2016 Olympian Joyce (10-0, 8 KO) landed a terrific right hand that dropped Tiffney (10-2, 4 KO) in the seventh round, and then he put him away after, with the referee stepping in. So the battle of Ireland vs Scotland in Dubai goes to the Irishman. Stoppage was at 2:59 of the seventh round. Joyce is a solid fighter, but he’s 32 so the upside is limited.
Majid Al-Naqbi TKO-4 Vladimir Lytkin
Al-Naqbi (1-0, 1 KO), a lightweight, was making his pro debut as just the second pro boxer from the United Arab Emirates. He looked pretty good here, dominating the action, starting fast and staying hot. Lytkin (0-3, 0 KO) was down twice in the fourth round, and the referee called it off at 2:33 of that final frame.
Sultan Zaurbek KO-5 Chenghong Tao
Zaurbek (6-0, 4 KO) is a Kazakh lightweight, 22 years old, and has some skills. He dominated Tao (7-6-1, 5 KO), who just had nothing to trouble Zaurbek whatsoever. The KO came on a right hand, stoppage was 1:16 into the fifth round.
Shakhobidin Zoirov KO-1 Anthony Holt
Uzbekistan’s Zoirov (1-0, 1 KO) was making his pro debut, after winning flyweight gold at the 2016 Olympics. Not much to see here, really; he landed two left hands, the second of which clipped Indonesia’s Holt (5-5-1, 3 KO) and put him down for the count. Time of stoppage was 18 seconds of the first round.
Mateo Tapia TKO-8 Gaganpreet Sharma
Tapia, a Mexican living in Australia, improves to 10-0 (6 KO) with the win. The super middleweight prospect dropped Sharma (8-2, 4 KO) in the first round, but he looked tired by the middle rounds, and was hurt to the body in the seventh. He was landing shots in the eighth when the referee gave Sharma an early hook at 2:20; there was really no particularly good reason to stop it there, but maybe the ref saw something we couldn’t. Tapia’s only 21, so he might have a future. He was OK here, just nothing that really stood out.