Maxi Hughes vs. Jovanni Straffon
Headingley Stadium in Leeds, England 4/9/21
Maxi Hughes continued his incredible form as he defeated Jovanni Straffon to win the IBO world lightweight title on Saturday.
The fight was taking place on the Mauricio Lara vs. Josh Warrington 2 undercard at Headingley Stadium in Leeds, and was broadcast live on DAZN.
Hughes (24-5-2, 5 KOs) was in control straight from the very first bell, with Straffon (24-4-1, 17 KOs) unable to cope with the fantastic boxing skills of the Yorkshire man.
It looked like Hughes may have got the stoppage after a huge onslaught in round five, but Straffon was able to survive the round. It didn’t deter Hughes though, as he continued to win round after round, with the fight going the distance.
The judges scored it 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109, continuing the incredible momentum of Hughes, who has now won the WBC International, British and IBO lightweight title in his four fights since lockdown, being the better underdog in three of them.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Jack Bateson extended his unbeaten record as he picked up a six round points win over Felix Garcia.
Bateson (14-0, 3 KOs) recovered from a flash knockdown in round two to claim the win in front of his loyal Leeds supporters, with referee Mark Lyson scoring it 58-56 in Bateson’s favour.
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