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Scorecard: 'J Rock' Williams, Frampton win, back into title contention

From ESPN - November 20, 2017

A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at Las Vegas

Julian "J Rock" Williams W10 Ishe Smith
Junior middleweight
Scores: 99-91, 98-92, 97-93
Records: Williams (24-1-1, 15 KOs); Smith (29-9, 12 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Since getting stopped in the fifth round challenging then-world titleholder Jermall Charlo last December, Williams, 27, of Philadelphia, has won two fights in a row, including this Premier Boxing Champions main event on Bounce TV against Smith, 39, a former world titleholder from Las Vegas. But it was not easy, despite the one-sided scores. Smith fought his rear end off and deserved closer scores though Williams did enough to win the entertaining battle. Smith threw a boatload of combinations but it was Williams who landed the heavier, cleaner shots throughout the fight. An accidental head butt opened a cut over Smith's left eye in the second round. He hurt Williams in the fifth round with a flurry, but Williams quickly recovered. Another accidental head clash in the eighth round left Smith, returning from a 14-month layoffs, bleeding and another in the 10th round left him shaken.

Lionell Thompson W10 Earl Newman
Light heavyweight
Scores: 96-92, 97-91 (twice)
Records: Thompson (19-4, 11 KOs); Newman (10-1-1, 7 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Newman, 26, of Brooklyn, New York, was a prospect stepping up in competition against Thompson, 32, of Buffalo, New York, and could not handle it. Thompson dominated. He dropped Newman with an uppercut in the third round, floored him again in the fourth round, the first knockdowns of his career, and gave him a lesson he wo not soon forget.

Tugstsogt Nyambayar W8 Harmonito Dela Torre
Featherweight
Scores: 79-73, 78-73 (twice)
Records: Nyambayar (9-0, 8 KOs); Dela Torre (19-1, 12 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Nyambayar, 25, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Mongolia fighting out of Carson, California, claimed a good victory in a good fight against Dela Torre, 23, a native of the Philippines fighting out of Miami, Florida. Dela Torre scored a knockdown on a solid right hand in the final seconds of the second round but Nyambayar took control of the fight after that. He opened a cut over Dela Torre's right eye in the fifth round and threw more punches and landed heavier shots.

Saturday at Belfast, Northern Ireland

Carl Frampton W10 Horacio Garcia -- Full recap
Featherweight
Scores: 98-93, 97-93, 96-93
Records: Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs); Garcia (33-4-1, 24 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Former two-division world titleholder Frampton, 30, fighting a homecoming fight after having not boxed in Belfast since a February 2015 junior featherweight title defense, rebounded from the loss of his featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz in January but had a tougher-than-expected time with the Garcia, 27, of Mexico, whose mentor, Canelo Alvarez, was ringside. Frampton look exhausted in the second half of the fight and Garcia, who dropped to 3-3 in his last six fights. Garcia got credit from referee Victor Loughlin for a knockdown in the seventh round when he landed a left hook but Frampton was clearly slipping as he was caught by the punch. Nonetheless, Frampton ground out the tough win could set himself up for a possible featherweight title shot against Lee Selby, Oscar Valdez or the Leo Santa Cruz-Abner Mares rematch.

Jerwin Ancajas TKO6 Jamie Conlan -- Full recap
Retains a junior bantamweight title
Records: Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KOs); Conlan (19-1, 11 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Ancajas, a 25-year-old southpaw from the Philippines -- he's the first titleholder promoted by Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions -- retained his title for the third time with a dominant performance against Conlan, 31, the older brother of hot featherweight prospect Michael Conlan, who was fighting in his hometown. Ancajas gave the brave Conlan a beating, dropping him four times before referee Steve Gray stopped it at 52 seconds of the sixth round.

Zolani Tete KO1 Siboniso Gonya -- Full recap
Retains a bantamweight title
Records: Tete (26-3, 21 KOs); Gonya (11-2, 5 KOs)

Rafael's remarks: Knockout of the year alert! Former junior bantamweight world titlist Tete, a 29-year-old southpaw from South Africa who fights primarily in the United Kingdom, was making his first bantamweight title defense since being elevated from an interim titleholder and threw literally one punch in the fight. It knocked countryman Gonya, 25, out cold. The opening bell rang, they came together a couple of seconds later and Tete unleashed a beautiful right hook around Gonya's low guard and crushed him on the chin. Gonya was out cold and when referee Phil Edwards realized it he stopped counting at four. The fight lasted all of 11 seconds. Gonya, boxing outside of South Africa for the first time, was down for several minutes before he came around.

Saturday at Czestochowa, Poland

Tomasz Adamek W10 Fred Kassi
Heavyweight
Scores: 97-93, 96-94 (twice)
Records: Adamek (52-5, 30 KOs); Kassi (18-7-1, 10 KOs)

Friday at Flint, Mich.

Friday at Reno, Nev.

Thursday at Cancun, Mexico

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