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Barthelemy "Beats" Usmanee in ESPN2 FNF Season Opener

By Jake Donovan

The 2013 season of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights kicked off with a terrific main event and a horrific decision. Rances Barthelemy scored a 12-round points win over Arash Usmanee in a fight that serves as an early entrant for 2013 Robbery of the Year.

Scores were 116-112 (twice) and 115-113 for Barthelemy (18-0, 11KO), who is now one fight away from mandatory challenger status in the super featherweight rankings. Usmanee suffers his first official loss - however disgraceful the outcome - as he falls to 20-1 (10KO).

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Jonathan Gonzalez (16-0-1, 13KO) scored a majority decision over Derek Ennis (23-4-1, 13KO) in a painfully dull 10-round co-feature. 

The 95-95 score turned in sounded like the fairest verdict in a bout that saw pockets of action lost in a sea of disinterest from two fighters who really don't belong on TV. Scores of 98-92 and 97-93 favored Gonzalez' busier work rate, though Ennis boasted the higher connect percentage and landed the more telling blows during the bout's most significant exchanges.

A battle of undefeated featherweight prospects saw Hairon Socarras (6-0-1, 5 KOs) drill Josh Bowles (6-1, 1 KO) in the third round. A wicked right hand caught Bowles right on the button and sent him down and out.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 01-06-2013

disgraceful decision & a ref that wasn't fast enuf @ times 2 keep up w/the action...he let the butt go , that cause a cut on Usamanee's nose go w/out warning...let;s see if the new FL box director Hefren does…

Comment by anti-Mismatch on 01-05-2013

What robbery?? I THOUGHT cubans are the best athletes in every sport especially boxing?? haha..with birthemely's amateur EXPERIENCE..1 million amateur fights, 500 gold medals..HAHAHA!! he doesn't need a robbery..HAHA!! he won the fight..:bs2:

Comment by PAC-BOY on 01-05-2013

shame shame shame!

Comment by macman on 01-05-2013

Actually had it 7-4-1 myself in rounds [I](1,2 10,& 11 for Barthelmy with the 4th even)[/I], but could not see a Barthelmy win under any circumstances. The 2 judges that came in with the 116-112 score for Barthelmy should be…

Comment by JKidd2624 on 01-05-2013

That's how you ring a boxing new year! With more of the same bull**** that's been plaguing the sport for years.

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