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Mayweather Defends Pearson Win, Choice Of Tough Foe

By Jake Donovan

Floyd Mayweather sat barely ten feet from the ring as he watched one of his prized prospects get knocked out in barely over a minute, and another survive the stiffest test of his career to date.

Minutes before Badou Jack was dropped twice en route to a 1st round knockout loss to Derek Edwards, unbeaten Chris Pearson managed to climb off the canvas to preserve his unbeaten record with a split decision over Lanardo Tyner. The bout opened a televised Shobox tripleheader, which took place Friday evening at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.

Both boxers fight under the Mayweather Promotions banner.

Pearson (11-0, 9KO) was slow coming out of the gate but picked up steam until running into a combination by Tyner late in round six. The flurry of power punches forced the unbeaten Ohioan to the canvas, bloodying his mouth and leaving him dazed in the process.

The final two rounds were fought largely on Pearson’s terms, though his superior boxing ability didn’t translate as sexy as Tyner’s come-forward style. The judges varied in their view of the fight, with Tyner a narrow winner on one card (76-75), while Pearson lost just one round – the round he was dropped – on matching cards of 78-73 in his favor.

While the margin of victory can be greatly debated, his team believes there was no disputing the end result.

“I feel that in the sport of boxing, when a guy gets knocked down, fans tend to hold it against him when they scoring fights,” Mayweather said afterward in defending the outcome. “I thought Chris won unanimous, and fought a tough customer.”

The bout marked the second time in Pearson’s young career in which he has been forced to go the distance, and also the second time he has been sent to the canvas. His previous decision win came in his 2nd pro fight back in Jan. ’12; the lone other knockdown in his career came three fights later, surviving a 1st round knockdown to stop Christian Nava in four rounds in their Aug. ’12 contest.

There was no quit in Tyner at any point in the contest. The 38-year old was competitive throughout, despite taking the fight on less than two weeks’ notice and with it taking place 10 lb. above his natural welterweight limit. Pearson survived a major scare but, at age 23, figures to be combat ready for when bigger fights come as he inches towards the prime of his career.

“It's best when a fighter is faced with a tough style early in his career so he can overcome those obstacles for later in his career,” Mayweather believes.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Nomadic on 03-01-2014

Badou could've had two sets of legs, there was no way he was surviving another ten seconds after that second knock down.

Comment by richardt on 03-01-2014

Anytime an out of shape, overweight natural 140 pound bloodies, hits at will and drops a Junior Middleweight prospect, the "prospect" isn't that much of a prospect. As to Badou, he cannot block a right hand if his life depended…

Comment by SeekDaGreat on 03-01-2014

Yeah Pearson won but not much to his own credit, the 38 year old was pushing this "young prospect" to the brink and have away theast two rounds which put Pearson ahead on my card.

Comment by FightingWords on 03-01-2014

[QUOTE=Le samouraï;14280640]Badou Jack was waiting to be exposed.[/QUOTE] I concur.. Won't be surprised if Floyd say's it was an premature stoppage.

Comment by Realizniguhnit on 03-01-2014

[QUOTE=Le samouraï;14280640]Badou Jack was waiting to be exposed.[/QUOTE] Yup it really wasn't even surprising seeing how he was shook up in his last fight. It was hella funny tho :lol1: The praying Mantis faceplant.

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