Geale-Adama Undercard Results: Dib Stops Escobedo
By Jake Donovan
Later this evening at Derwent Entertainment Center in Hobart, Tasmania, middleweight titlist Daniel Geale (26-1, 15KO) makes the second defense of his belt as he faces Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15KO).
Featherweight titlist Billy Dib made his second successful defense in the evening’s co-feature, scoring a seventh round stoppage of fringe contender Eduardo Escobedo.
Dib came out intent on scoring a knockout, but struggled early on to fight within the rules. The Aussie featherweight mauled Escobedo all night, working well at times but also flirting with disaster. A warning was issued in the opening round for low blows, but Dib continued onward with an assortment of fouls though while controlling the action.
Justice was finally served in the third, when Dib was docked a point for holding and hitting. The deduction was doubly damaging as it was also the first round of the fight won by Escobedo, thus bringing an even keel on the scorecards through three rounds.
To his credit, Dib adjusted to the ruling and sought to take his attack upstairs. The defending titlist took over the fight, but had a hard time landing clean as Escobedo went into a defensive shell, looking more to avoid the incoming than to actually make a fight of it.
The tactic only made it easier for Dib to pile up rounds, as well as adjust and find a way to win and try his hardest to look good doing so in the process. Escobedo had no clue – and seemingly no desire – to swing momentum back in his favor.
Such was reflected in his body language following the end of the sixth round, when the Mexican chose to remain on his stool rather than come out for the start of the seventh.
Dib advances to 34-1 (21KO) in extending his unbeaten streak to 14 straight since suffering his lone career loss to Steven Luevano more than three years ago.
Escobedo’s four-year, 11-fight win streak is snapped as he heads home to Mexico with a record of 32-4 (23KO).
Former heavyweight title challenger Kali Maheen moves one step closer to retirement after suffering a sixth round knockout at the hands of Travis Walker. The fight was toe-to-toe action for as long as it lasted, but the 41-year old Meehan (38-5, 31KO) eventually gave in as Walker (39-7-1, 31KO) unloaded in the sixth to prompt the stoppage.
In the opening televised opener, Alex Ahtong pulled off a mild surprise with a six-round unanimous decision over homegrown Steven Maxwell. No scores were announced for their six-round welterweight bout, but Ahtong (8-13-1, 5KO) was the aggressor throughout the contest as Maxwell (11-6, 6KO) was simply outworked in what was a terrific war.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hogwash on 03-07-2012
Geale wins UD 117-111, 115-113 and 118-110Comment by TNTSUGAR on 03-07-2012
Great wins for both Walker and Dib, both deserve better fights. Dib should look for a fight with John, Gamboa, Juanma or Salido (big money). Walker with a good trainer will be very dangerous.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Daily Bread Mailbag: Kovalev-Ward, Canelo-GGG, Crawford, More David Price is Hungry To Get His Hands on Anthony Joshua Hearn: If Haymon Brings Sack of Money - Burns vs. Broner in Vegas Andre Berto Targets Danny Garcia: I Want To Make a Statement! "Fighting Words" - The Revolving Door and Boxing's Changing Faces Mayweather Continues To Push a McGregor PPV With Poster Gervonta Davis is Set To Face Mario Rorozco on Barthelemy-Bey Photos: Orlando Salido Arrives in LA For Francisco Vargas War Mosley Tabs Porter Over Thurman: He Has Better Chin, Endurance Hearn: Badou Jack-Callum Smith is The Fight We're Pushing For Mares: Don't Rule Out Possibility of Cuellar Getting Knocked Out! Deontay Wilder's Handlers Reach Out To Alexander Ustinov Kosei Tanaka Stops Rene Patilano in Six Rounds in Nagoya, Japan Video: Shane Mosley Jr. Reflects on Win, The Future, More Tony Bellew: I'll Face That Bitch David Haye on That Joker Channel! Denis Shafikov, Joel Diaz Jr. To See Action on June 11 in El Monte Tony Bellew Gets Off The Deck, Brutal KO of Makabu For WBC Belt Video: David Avanesyan, Trainer Talk Win Over Shane Mosley Stephen Smith, Sean Dodd, Scott Fitzgerald All Victorious Video: Roberto Duran on Mosley Defeat To Avanesyan David Avanesyan Will Be Ringside To Scout Thurman vs. Porter Callum Smith Stays on Course For Title Shot, Get TKO in Six Ricky Burns Ready For Revenge on Crawford, Broner Showdown Video: Shane Mosley Talks About Loss To David Avanesyan David Price Returns in Style With Quick Knockout Victory Holyfield Believes Anthony Joshua Could Break Marciano's Record Bellew vs. Makabu LIVE Results From Goodison Park Frank Warren Questions Hearn's Position on Joshua vs. Haye James DeGale's Coach Confident: Badou Jack is Tailor-Made For Us Hearn: Eubank is Bigger UK Fight For Golovkin Than Saunders Golovkin's Coach: Only GGG Fight Brings Mayweather 100 Million! Bellew: I'll Fight That Bitch David Haye, He's Degrading Boxing! Photos: Ricky Burns Makes History, Blasts Di Rocco For WBA Belt Bellew vs. Makabu: Sean Dodd Looks To Enter The World Scene Viktor Postol Motivated By Underdog Role Against Crawford Arum: If Mayweather Wants Pacquiao, Let Him Come To Manila Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner
Latest Boxing Video Video: Shane Mosley Jr. Reflects on Win, The Future, More Video: David Avanesyan, Trainer Talk Win Over Shane Mosley Video: Roberto Duran on Mosley Defeat To Avanesyan Video: Shane Mosley Talks About Loss To David Avanesyan Video: Shane Mosley Shows Off His Power and Speed at Workout Video: Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan Official Weighin Video: Shane Mosley vs. Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz - Sparring Video: Joseph Diaz Discusses His Career, The Future, More Video: Sergio Mora Discusses Golovkin, Canelo, Jacobs, More Video: Ruslan Provodnikov Shows His Power on The Heavy Bag
Recent Top Stories
Latest Active Forum Threads