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Wilder, Charlo Score Stoppages; Vargas Wins Ugly 10-Round Brawl

By German Villasenor

In the first bout of the “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, super welterweight Jermall Charlo, 15-0 (11), had an easy night’s work as he did away with Antwone Smith, 23-5-1 (12), in the second round of a scheduled 10.
After a feeling-out first frame, Charlo put some snap in his shots, putting Smith down with a combination near the ropes. Smith rose on very unsteady legs and referee Thomas Taylor waved the fight off at 2:23 of the second round as the fighter was in no shape to continue.
Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas worked a bit harder than usual, winning a lopsided 10-round super lightweight bout against southpaw Brandon Bennett, 16-1 (7).

Vargas really lost only but one round (the first) as he seemed to observe who he had in front of him as Bennett mounted an offense. The rest of the fight turned into an ugly affair as Bennett made it an inside brawl, holding and hitting on near-breaks, wrestling (amidst some sharp counterpunching) and generally making Vargas’ life hell.
Vargas landed the harder, substantial shots, often rocking Bennett with overhand rights and uppercuts while slipping hard body shots in-between.
Referee Jerry Cantu let the ugly fight stroll along, warning Bennett several times without deducting a point.
Vargas was cut over his left eye in the fifth round due to an accidental headbutt.
Scores were 99-91, 99-90 and 98-92, all in favor of Vargas.
With the win, Vargas, now 17-0-1 (13), won the vacant NABF and WBO Inter-Continental 140-pound titles.
Hard-punching Deontay Wilder remained undefeated at 29-0 (29) by blasting out former world champion Siarhei Liakhovich, 25-6 (16), with a right hook to the temple at 1:43 of the first round.
Measuring the Liakhovich in the first round, Wilder let his hands go, clipping the former titleholder in the head, driving him unto the ropes. The right hook upstairs dropped the “White Wolf,” whose legs quivered in the air and referee Thomas Taylor immediately halted the bout.
With the win, it is being said that Wilder’s next bout will be against the winner of the upcoming Chris Arreola vs. Seth Mitchell clash taking place on September 6 at this same venue.
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