Michael Rosenthal

Pirog outpoints Maciel in Russia

Middleweight titleholder Dmitry Pirog of Russia defeated Javier Francisco Maciel by a unanimous decision on Saturday in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Pirog, coming off his sensational fifth-round knockout of Daniel Jacobs in July, won a relatively uneventful fight by scores of 115-112, 117-111 and 115-111. Maciel (18-2, 12 knockouts) is from Argentina.

Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) was defending his WBO belt.

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