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Barthelemy, Martirosyan win; Karpency upsets Dawson

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime

Rances Barthelemy retained his IBF junior lightweight title on Saturday night, with a unanimous decision win over Fernando David Saucedo at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.

Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) was in charge of the fight from start to finish, as he consistently landed the cleaner shots and was certainly the busier fighter. Saucedo (52-6-3, 8, KOs) looked for opportunities to counter, but was unable to connect with anything of substance.

“It was a good fight,” Barthelemy said. “Saucedo is a veteran guy. In one moment, I thought I was going to knock him out, but he knows how to make the fight last.

“I want Mikey Garcia. They say he’s the best. I say I’m the best. Let’s settle it.”

Scores were 120-108 from all three judges.

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In the co-featured bout, Vanes Martirosyan took home a tough unanimous decision win over Willie Nelson in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.

Martirosyan, who promised a win in honor of his promoter Dan Goossen, who passed away earlier this week, came through with an aggressive attack that allowed him to get on the inside against the rangy Nelson.

After a somewhat slow start, the action finally picked up during the second half of the fight, with Nelson looking to fight at a distance, while Martirosyan connected with clean right hooks on the inside.  Though Nelson looked to cover up, Martirosyan found openings around his guard with power punches, causing a cut under the eye of Nelson during the eighth round.

“We had to turn this into a fight,” Martirosyan said. “He is tall, he has long arms and it’s hard to fight a guy like that. Around the seventh or the eighth I thought about [Diego] Corrales vs. [Jose Luis] Castillo and going to war. I knew we needed to dig deep to win this fight and that’s what we did.”

Scores were 97-93 twice and 96-94 for Martirosyan.

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In the opening bout, Tommy Karepency scored an upset over former light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson via split decision.

Karpency (24-4-1, 14 KOs), actually came into the fight on short notice, but fought with poise and took the fight to Dawson (32-4, 18 KOs) who was coming off of consecutive losses to Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson, but was looking to get back into the world title picture.

“I just came here to win, I had nothing to lose,” Karpency said after the fight.. “I know I did enough to win and thankfully the judges got it right. I know it was close but I won hands down. I came here on short notice and I had to pace myself and make my punches count. I buzzed him a few times but couldn’t get him down. He was running. He thought he had the fight won.

While Dawson had some good moments in the early part of the fight, he began to use his left hand less and less as the fight wore on.

“I hurt my shoulder in the third round. I landed more jabs than he landed punches,” said a disappointed Dawson, who felt he deserved the win. “They must want me out of the game. That’s crazy. I fought with one arm since the third round. Come on, man!”

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