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Fortuna decisions Hyland for WBA belt
Featherweight Javier Fortuna unanimously decisioned Patrick Hyland for the WBA's interim belt on Saturday night's Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez card.
LAS VEGAS -- Featherweight Javier Fortuna, of Miami, scored a wide unanimous decision over Ireland's Patrick Hyland, of Newburg, New York, in a physical fight for the WBA's interim belt on Saturday night's Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard at the MGM Grand.
Scores were 118-110, 116-112, and, 115-113 by judges Gary Merritt, Duane Ford and Dave Moretti, respectively.
Compubox had the southpaw Fortuna (21-0, 15 knockouts) out-landing Hyland, 215-108 in total punches, 169-to-89 in power punches, and 46-to-19 in jabs.
"It was a good scrap," said Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs). "He didn't hit as hard as everyone said that he was going to, and he kept running the last few rounds. People were making him out to be the next best thing."
"But he's still a kid and needs to mature a little bit. He was hitting me with a lot of low blows and hitting on the break when the referee was telling him not to."
The Pacquiao-Marquez undercard will be highligted by former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa against Filipino Michael Farenas, and IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) against Mercito Gesta (26-0, 14 KOs).
In an earlier fight, Mexican-American amateur sensation Jose Ramirez dropped his lightweight rival with a left to the body, and, latter battered him until referee Vic Drakulich stepped in to end his first-round knockout of Denver's Corey Siegwarth (2-2, 1 KO) in Ramirez's professional debut.
In the night's first bout, junior lightweight Ernie Sanchez (14-3, 5 KOs) scored a third-round knock down on the way to an eight-round unanimous decision over Coy Evans (10-2-1, 2 KOs), and was followed by a second-round knockout by featherweight Dodie Boy Penalosa (10-0, 10 KOs) over Jesus Lule-Raya (6-5, 1 KO).
The third bout featured Alexis Hernandez (3-1, 1 KO) scoring his first stoppage in the first round over featherweight rival Jazzma Hogue (2-4-1, 0 KOs), whom he floored twice before referee Jay Nady stopped the battering at the 2:20 mark.
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