By Keith Idec
Jamontay Clark’s victory over Domonique Dolton on Friday night wasn’t nearly as suspect as his last “win.”
The taller, left-handed Clark used his jab to out-box Dolton and won by majority decision in their eight-round junior middleweight match in Flint, Michigan. Clark won on the scorecards of Dan Graschuck (78-74) and Ben Rochester (77-75), while judge John Belise scored the bout even (76-76).
Clark’s win was the second of three fights televised by FS1 from Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.
Cincinnati’s Clark upped his record to 13-0. Clark won a highly controversial, eight-round unanimous against Ukraine’s Ivan Golub (13-1, 11 KOs) in his last fight, June 30 in Toledo, Ohio.
Detroit’s Dolton dropped to 19-2-1.
An attacking Dolton landed a hard right hand with about 1:20 left in the eighth round. Clark came back with a straight left just about 20 seconds later.
Dolton tried to rough up Clark by backing him against the ropes repeatedly in the seventh round. He also drilled Clark with a straight right hand that landed to the middle of his face later in the seventh.
Clark used his jab well at the start of the sixth round, when he stuck and moved away from his aggressive opponent. Dolton tried to work inside later in the sixth round, but Clark tied him up several times.
Clark and Dolton traded flush shots just after the halfway mark of the fifth round.
Dolton landed a solid right hand with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth round. An accidental clash of heads caused a cut along Clark’s right eyebrow and prompted a break in the action at 1:42 of the fourth round.
Dolton tripped and fell to the canvas with 22 seconds to go in the second round. Dolton had difficulty throughout the first round getting inside on the taller, rangier Clark, but he was able to crowd Clark and land a couple hard right hands in the second round.
In the first televised fight, welterweight Ryan Karl overcame a rough start in the first two rounds and a cut on his forehead to beat Kareem Martin by unanimous decision in an eight-rounder.
Each of the three judges scored Karl the winner (78-74, 78-74, 77-75).
The 25-year-old Karl, of Milano, Texas, improved to 15-1 and won a second straight bout since suffering his only loss, a technical knockout against then-unbeaten Eddie Ramirez on February 2. The 22-year-old Martin (9-2-1, 3 KOs), of Washington, D.C., lost for the second time in three fights.
Karl hurt Martin with a right hand to the temple just after the 1:20 mark of the eighth round. Karl tried to finish him and connected with another right hand that wobbled Martin with 38 seconds left in the fight.
Martin managed to finish the bout on his feet, but lost on all three scorecards.
Martin rallied to start the seventh round, but Karl stood his ground, worked off his jab and kept Martin from doing any significant damage. Karl continued to attack Martin’s body and slowed him down in the fifth round.
Martin went to the canvas exactly halfway through the fourth round, but referee Michael Griffin ruled that Karl pushed him down. Karl and Martin traded hard left hooks early in the third round, but both boxers kept moving forward.
Martin drilled Karl with a right hand with about 40 seconds left in the second round and connected with a left hook approximately 20 seconds later that snapped back Karl’s head. A cut opened toward the top of Karl’s forehead earlier in the second round.
Martin hit Karl with an overhand right and a left hook barely a minute into the fight that made Karl move away from him. About 15 seconds later, Martin connected with another left hook that got Karl’s attention.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.