MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Thabiso Mchunu took some good shots from Garrett Wilson, but he avoided most of them and landed a few good punches of his own, retaining the North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision on Saturday at Foxwoods resort Casino.
Don Trella scored it 98-91. Glenn Feldman scored it 99-90 and Clark Sammartino scored it 96-93 for Mchunu, of South Africa, (17-1, 11 knockouts).
Wilson, of Philadelphia, dropped to 13-8-1 (7).
In the 10th, Mchunu lost a point for holding.
“I had it in my mind that it would be a tough fight,” said Mchunu. “I did what I wanted to do. If I had gone for the knockout, I might have punched myself out. I told myself I’d box him and I followed my game plan.”
While Wilson came forward for most of the fight, Mchunu created distance for himself, shoving Wilson back with his shoulder, then landing straight left hands.
In the seventh, Mchunu drove Wilson back into the ropes with a 1-2 combination. Wilson responded with a right uppercut that made Mchunu take a step back.
Wilson picked up the pace in the ninth, landing hard hooks to the body. Toward the end of the round, Mchunu held.
“He had good defense,” Wilson said. “I didn’t listen to my corner. He was fast and I dropped my guard a little.”
In the 10th, Mchunu stayed out of range but occasionally moved in to land quick combinations.
In the final 15 seconds of the second, Mchunu landed a straight left hand that staggered Wilson briefly.
Karl Dargan of Philadelphia won the Junior NABF lightweight title, stopping Agino Perez of the Dominican Republic in the fifth round of a scheduled 10.
Dargan (17-0, 9 K Os) overcame a knockdown in the third to drop Perez twice in the fifth. He landed a right uppercut that put Perez on the canvas. After Perez got up, Dargan continued his attack and sent Perez down face-first with a chopping right hand. Referee Michael Ortega stopped the fight without a count at 1:32.
Early in the third, Perez dropped Dargan with a right hand, left hook combination. Perez also landed a right hand with Dargan on the mat. Dargan landed some solid right hands of his own later in the round.
“It comes with experience,” Dargan said. “I was off balance, but I did feel his power. I just tried to get inside him.”
Perez dropped to 16-6 (14).
Debuting lightweight Piotr Apostol of Atlantic City, New Jersey won a four-round split decision over Tyrell White of Queens, New York. Glenn Feldman and Robert Paolino scored it 39-37 for Apostol. Clark Sammartino scored it 40-36 for White (0-2).
For the second straight time, lightweights Agustine Mauras of Lawrence, Massachusetts and Chip Perez of East Hartford, Connecticut fought to a six-round draw. Glenn Feldman scored it 58-56 for Mauras. Robert Paolino had it 58-56 for Perez. Don Trella scored it 57-57. Perez is now 10-3-2 (3); Mauras is 6-0-3 (3). The two last fought to a draw in Boston in July.
Sullivan Barrera of Miami stopped Eric Watkins of Harris, New York in the sixth round of a scheduled eight at light heavyweight. Barrera dropped Watkins with a right hand. Referee Arthur Mercante stopped the fight without a count at 24 seconds. Barrera improved to 13-0 (8); Watkins dropped to 10-8-1 (5).
Super middleweight Charles Foster of New Haven, Connecticut stopped Robert Jackson of Hampton, Virginia in the first round of a scheduled four at 1:51. Foster dropped Jackson with a 1-2. After Jackson got up, Foster landed a straight right hand that staggered Jackson, prompting Arthur Mercante to stop the fight. Foster is 6-0 (3); Jackson is 0-2.
David Wilson of New Haven won a four-round unanimous decision over Anthony Everett of Dorchester, Massachusetts at middleweight. All three judges scored it 40-36. Wilson is now 4-0. Everett is 0-2.
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