By Chris LaBate
Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California - Chris Avalos (19-1, 15KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Khabir Suleymanov (11-1, 5KOs) to pick up the vacant WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight title. Avalos injured his right hand during the fight. The scores were 95-92, 97-90, 96-91.
As they were breaking early in the first minute of the first round, Avalos blasted Suleymanov and sent him down on his back. Suleymanov survived and started throwing some very wild swing from every direction.
After Suleymanov had a good round two, he was dropped again in the third round, but Avalos went a little wild and hit Suleymanov while he was down. He lost a point for the foul. The next few rounds were fought wild and dirty by both. Punches were going all over the place, but Avalos was landing the harder and better punches. Suleymanov would land a few good counters, but usually one punch at a time.