Photos: Sadam Ali Back at 147, Defeats Mauricio Herrera

Madison Square Garden, New York City - Sadam Ali made a successful, if not overly impressive, return to the welterweight division Saturday night.  (photos by Ed Mulholland).

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The former WBO junior middleweight champion out-pointed Mauricio Herrera in a mostly uneventful, 10-round, 147-pound encounter. Ali (27-2, 14 KOs) fought off his back foot for much of their bout and landed right hands with enough frequency to easily win a unanimous decision.

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Tevin Farmer’s fight wasn’t nearly as easy as his first title defense.

Eight weeks after tearing through James Tennyson, Farmer fought toe-to-toe with Francisco Fonseca throughout their 12-round bout. Neither fighter appeared to hurt his opponent, but Farmer was the busier, more accurate puncher and won a unanimous decision.

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Judges Julie Lederman, Waleska Roldan and Don Trella preferred Farmer’s craftiness and scored their fight exactly the same for the skillful southpaw, 117-111. Lederman, Roldan and Trella each scored nine of the 12 rounds for Farmer.

Katie Taylor continually beat Eva Wahlstrom to the punch. By the time their 10-round lightweight title fight was over, Taylor had won every round on each of the three judges’ scorecards.

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Bernard Bruni, Larry Hazzard Jr. and Dave Sutherland all scored the fight 100-90 for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist.

Taylor’s impressive victory over the previously unbeaten Wahlstrom enabled Ireland’s Taylor (12-0, 5 KOs) to retain her IBF and WBA 135-pound titles. The 32-year-old Taylor made her fifth defense of the WBA championship and the third defense of her IBF belt.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 12-16-2018

[QUOTE=Santa_;19360494]Sadam Ali vs Soto Karass make it happen! :boxing:[/QUOTE] Good idea, man. Like it.

Comment by Santa_ on 12-16-2018

Sadam Ali vs Soto Karass make it happen! :boxing:

Comment by TheIronMike on 12-16-2018

Herrera really does have a good skillset, he would make most fighters look bad

Comment by Mastrangelo on 12-16-2018

I think He's decent opponent for Crawford for March, particulary in New York. I'd take that over old Collazo and shot Khan, for what it's worth.

Comment by sammybee on 12-16-2018

Its a good decision by his handlers to bring him back to 147. He would have been murdered by those lions at 154.

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