Maidel Sando has bumped off another boxing cult favorite.
The latest victim for the unbeaten Cuban super middleweight was Clay Collard, whom Sando outpointed over six rounds Saturday evening at Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Scores were 59-54, 59-54 and 58-55 in favor of Sando, who floored Collard in round two en route to the win.
Sando—a Cuban export whose family relocated to Nashville when he was in grade school—entered the fight off of a nationally televised eight round win over Genc ‘The Sexy Albanian’ Pllana last September on FS1 from Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
In Saturday’s bout, the 31-year old Sando boxed cleanly to a landslide win over Collard who had emerged as a wild success story for much of 2020. Collard bumped off three unbeaten prospects in a five-win campaign on the year before running into past rival Quincy LaVallais, against whom he dropped a landslide points win in their rematch last December which marked his fourth straight fight at the MGM bubble in Las Vegas.
It was a brave step up in class for Burley, Idaho’s Collard in facing Sando, one of the more polished boxers currently based out of the greater Nashville area. The difference in skill level was apparent throughout their six-round main event.
Sando threatened to end matters early in round two. Collard fought as only he knows how—come-forward, all action—as he attempted to go on the attack. Sando set a trap along the ropes, connecting with a check left hook which left Collard wobbled. An ensuing volley nearly threatened a stoppage, only for another left hook to send Collard into the ropes, which the referee correctly ruled a knockdown.
Collard spent the rest of the fight trying to play catchup, with Sando never allowing that to happen as he gutted out the well-earned victory.
Sando improves to 11-0 (7KOs) as he continues to progress into a prospect to watch.
“We were excited (for this fight),” Hector Sando, Maidel’s brother and manager told BoxingScene.com. “We’ve been wanting to get better opponents. It’s hard to do when you’re (independently promoted). We’re just waiting for the right opportunity and we’ll just keep moving forward.”
Collard loses his second straight as he falls to 9-4-3 (4KOs), with much of the fame gained in 2020 continuing to fade.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox