The Intercontinental Welterweight, WBC Featherweight, and IBF Bantamweight Championships were decided on Saturday night September 15, 2012. The boxing was fast paced at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jesus Karass (26 - 8 - 3) and Marcos Maidana (32 - 3) fought for the coveted Intercontinental Welterweight Title. The early rounds were hotly contested and Maidana was frustrated in the fourth round. He lost a point deduction from the referee. Maidana was at a disadvantage in reach although he displayed superior punching power. Karass had the reach advantage with a differential of four inches over Maidana.
For most of the fight, Karass avoided Maidana due to his longer reach, more
effective bobbing, weaving, and overall speed advantage. Both fighters struck
each other on the break in the fourth round. This event prompted the referee,
Kenny Bayless, to penalize each fighter by a point. For a brief time, Karass came ahead in the sixth round. The fight looked quite even at the end of the sixth round.
Karass was knocked down and through the ropes in the seventh round. He was bloodied in the seventh and eighth rounds. The referee stopped the fight in the eighth round after Maidana exploded with a barrage of punches leaving Karass unable to defend himself effectively.
The referee stopped the fight and the Intercontinental Welterweight Belt went to
Maidana. Karass had the boxing skills and footwork to win the fight; however,
he simply ran out of steam. To prevail over Maidana in the future, he will need a
more extensive elite athlete's workout with more sprints and better quality sparring.
The defending world champ, Daniel DeLeon (44 - 4) fought against Jhonny Gonzolez (52 - 8) for the WBC Featherweight Belt. The opening rounds were very competitive with DeLeon suffering a head gash on the right side of the head. He was bloodied in the second and fourth rounds. Gonzolez prevailed in the second and third rounds with DeLeon picking up from the fourth round until the end of the fight.