By Mark Vester
At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, junior welterweight contender Kendall Holt (23-2, 12KOs) won an easy ten-round decision over tough veteran Ben Tackie (29-9-1, 17KOs). Every single round of the fight was exactly the same, with Holt staying away by using his movement and allowing the slow Tackie to take the lead. Tackie was unable to get off with his punches. He tried, but was just too slow for the much quicker Holt.
Holt took no chances, basically staying away and landing three-punch counters to every one-punch of Tackie. The scores saw a puzzling 95-95 for the draw, and identical 98-92 and 98-92 scores for Holt.
The punch stats had Tackie land only 58 out of 393 punches and Holt land 133 out of 357. Holt is looking to land a rematch with WBO junior welterweight champion Ricardo Torres.
Junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (19-0, 13KOs) battered Jorge Munoz (20-2, 13KOs) on route to stopping him in the third round. Vanes came out swinging in the first round, putting Munoz down. He continued to unload his punches, with a crisp uppercut that hit Munoz at will. The end was coming in the third after Munoz took a mandatory knee to get some wind.
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