Saunders vs Akavov Results – The Lagoon Leisure Center in Paisley, Scotland hosted Billy Joe Saunders’ first WBO world middleweight title defense this past Saturday night as he faced the challenge of Artur Akavov.
For Saunders, who was making the first defense of his title, it was not the standout performance he had hoped for. The fight turned into a grinding war of attrition between two very evenly matched fighters. Akavov came in with a lot of motivation and he had an unorthodox style that saw him push Saunders throughout the fight. Saunders had his moments but his performance after a layoff of over a year must be called flat.
The judges returned cards with scores of 116-113, 116-112, 115-113 in favor of Saunders, who moves to 24-0. Though Saunders may push for a super fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Gennady Golovkin, he told the crowd in his after-fight speech he felt his performance felt short.
Saunders vs Akavov Results
The match between Saunders and Akavov was to have headlined Frank Warren’s fight show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff last Saturday, November 26th but the Russian fighter’s licensing process was delayed by issues getting the documents translated. This marks Saunders’ first fight of 2016.Check the highlights in this latest TBC report.
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