News | Nov 10 2019

Billy Joe Saunders is booed to stoppage victory on lacklustre US debut

Billy Joe Saunders struggles in WBO title defence against Marcelo Esteban Coceres but finally gets the job done in the 11th round
Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

IT appeared a bad fight on paper but Billy Joe Saunders’ first WBO super-middleweight defence against unknown Argentinean Marcelo Esteban Coceres was even worse in reality.

Fans of YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul, the main event stars at Staples Center, Los Angeles this evening (November 7), booed Saunders and Coceres through many of the 11 rounds they shared before, like Saunders, coming alive in the penultimate round.

In a close fight, Saunders floored Coceres in the 11th round with a left hook, a punch from out of nowhere, and the challenger only just managed to beat the count. It was a breakthrough, as well as a break from mediocrity, and what followed was an even better right uppercut, thrown viciously from the southpaw stance, which dropped Coceres again by the ropes and, to finish, a left hand which sent Coceres to the deck for a third time.

 

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