Boxing

Cano, Crews-Dezurn win on ESPN2, Las Vegas card

Former WBA interim super lightweight champion Pablo “El Demoledor” Cesar Cano (31-7-1, 21 KOs) picked up a fifth-round technical decision over Ruslan Madiev (12-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday night the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Cano outworked Madiev in a battle that saw both combatants throw punches at each other.

The fifth round saw a headclash cause the bout to end as Cano had a massive cut that could not be stopped when a wayward body shot from Cano didn’t land before he collided with Madiev’s head. The bout was originally awarded to Madiev, but using instant replay, the referee ruled that the fight would go to the cards.

The judges saw the bout 49-46 on all three scorecards for Cano.

In the co-main event, Franchon Crews-Dezurn won the vacant WBC super middleweight title as she put on a one-sided beating of Maricela Cornejo en route to a rather odd majority decision win. Crews-Dezurn’s right hand never missed in the early rounds, and appeared to be the story of the fight as Cornejo couldn’t match the power of Crews-Dezurn.

The judges saw the bout 99-91 two times and oddly one judge had it 95-95, which didn’t seem right.

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