Photos: Naoya Inoue, Emmanuel Rodriguez - Go Face To Face

Emmanuel Rodriguez retained the IBF Bantamweight World title with a twelve round split decision over previously undefeated Jason Moloney and Yunier Dorticos scored a unanimous decision over Mateusz Masternak in his Ali Trophy Quarter-Final Saturday at the CFE Arena in Orlando.

The scores were 115-113 for Moloney and two times 115-113 for Rodriguez when the Puerto Rican favourite secured a place in the semi-final after a phenomenal display of heart, skills and courage from both fighters.

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“It was a tough and close fight but I saw myself winning,” Rodriguez. “Thanks to Moloney for bringing out the best in me!”

Moloney, Australia’s proud warrior, believed he did enough to turn the fight in his favour.

“I am devastated,” said Moloney. “After the 5th round I came on very strong and I believe I won most if not all of the remaining rounds. I hope I can achieve my dream and become world champion very soon.”

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Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland was impressed with what he saw.

“This is a Fight of the Year contender,” said Sauerland “Congrats to Rodriguez and what a challenge from Moloney. He doesn't have to worry, he will become world champion very soon.”

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Rodriguez will now face WBA Bantamweight World Champion Japan's the semi-final. The pair faced off immediately after Rodriguez’ hard-fought clash.

“Congratulations to Rodriguez,” said Inoue. “I am looking forward to a spectacular semi-final.”

In the second quarter-final bout of the evening, Miami-based Cuban Yunier Dorticos won a tough twelve round unanimous decision over Poland’s Mateusz Masternak. The judges scored the fight 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 in favour of the ‘KO Doctor’. Dorticos was clearly the harder puncher especially in the early rounds, but Masternak fought his way back with his fearless approach and technical boxing abilities.

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“The fight was very hard, but I am happy with the result,” said Dorticos. “A big thank you to all the fans and the World Boxing Super Series."

Dorticos' next challenge is USA’s Andrew Tabiti in the semi-final. “Andre Tabiti better be ready, because The ‘KO Doctor’ is back,” said Dorticos. "This season we will win the Ali Trophy and bring it back to Miami!”

Next week the World Boxing Super Series travels to New Orleans for two Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals on October 27 at the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, USA:

Regis Prograis (United States) vs. Terry Flanagan (England) for the WBC Super-Lightweight Diamond Title & Ivan Baranchyk (Belarus) vs Anthony Yigit (Sweden) in a IBF Super-Lightweight Championship bout.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PETUFF on 10-22-2018

People talking about Maloney like he is a nobody he is a great boxer Manny beat a good boxer its not that he struggle !:boxing::boxing:

Comment by MrFynest on 10-21-2018

[QUOTE=Pakutu93;19212972]If there getting vada tested no way Inoue wins!!!! War Rodriguez!!!![/QUOTE] Inoue is gonna hurt this poor guy.

Comment by sicko on 10-21-2018

He might look like a K-Pop Boy Band Member :lol1: but he is a KILLER in that ring

Comment by mlac on 10-21-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;19213273]Damn that chick does got that crazy ex-gf face don't she lmfao.[/QUOTE] you'd still hit it, you dirty old dog.

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 10-21-2018

Rodríguez struggled a lot against Moloney and was near to be K.Oed by the australian. Inoue will K.O him easy. But Rodríguez is an humble guy.

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