Sanchez, Rice, Demirezen and Vykhryst score victories
The top heavyweight Cuban won each round quietly and boringly, earning another extra point in the last for a dubious knockdown.
Throughout the fight, Sanchez was extremely passive in attack, and although he constantly went forward, he practically did not strike, reaching the target in this battle only 24 hits. As a result, after ten rounds, the judges counted 100-89, 100-89 and 100-89 in favor of the Cuban.
Also that evening, Jonathan Rice (15-6-1, 20 KOs) again beat Michael Coffey (12-2, 9 KOs), this time on points. After ten rounds, the judges fielded 97-93, 97-93 and 99-91.
The fight during the first few rounds was slow - both fighters boxed cautiously, trying more not to miss a blow than to rip off the opponent's head. In the fourth round, Rice “disturbed” the opponent with strong right-wingers. Coffey, however, quickly returned to the game, hitting his opponent beautifully several times.
In the next two rounds, Coffey fared slightly better as Rice seemed to be experiencing clear fitness problems. However, starting with the seventh round, the Bronx boxer completely stood up, giving full control of the ring to weak boxing Rice, who repeatedly punched with his right hand.
On the undercard, heavyweight Ali Demirezen (15-1, 12 KOs) stopped former WBC title challenger Gerald Washington (20-5-1, 13 KOs) in the eighth round.
The fight began with the attacks of the American, who was looking for a knockout blow. But as time went on, "Black Rooster" was losing strength, and Demirezen began to gain momentum thanks to constant pressure.
In the sixth round, exhausted Washington was already barely standing on his feet, and his Turkish rival still could not deliver the decisive blow. In the end, the match was interrupted by the referee, probably on the advice of a doctor.
Viktor Vykhryst (9-0, 7 KOs) and Iago Kiladze (27-6-2, 19 KOs) staged a real parade of knockdowns that evening: there were five of them in less than two rounds. already in the first round, Kiladze was on the floor, but was able to get up and himself knocked down Vykhryst, which, however, did not prevent him from falling again a little later.
In the second round, the rivals exchanged knockdowns again. Kiladze was able to get up, but referee Sam Burgos unexpectedly stopped the fight much to Iago's displeasure. Stop time 1:44.
Before the battle, Faust was considered a favorite 33 to 1, and few expected that this would be a life-and-death battle.