In the evening’s co-main event, Iskander Kharsan of Kazakhstan earned a hard fought, entertaining unanimous decision victory over Jorge Ramos for the vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental Super Bantamweight as well as World Combat Federation World Youth titles in Austin on Saturday.
The two fighters exchanged jabs throughout a tense opening round, yet as time passed, Kharsan (5-0, 4 KO’s) was able to find his way around Ramos’s guard with his left hook. Jorge (6-1-1, 2 KO’s) looked to change tactics in the second by closing the distance and looking to counter his Kazakh opponent’s inward movement. Each fighter opened up in the closing seconds, much to the delight of the tightly packed-in crowd.
Ramos turned into the aggressor in the third, as he used his left jab to great affect, that is until he’d take a moment to admire this work. By that time, Iskander would tag him with well placed 1-2 head shots and his jab was keener at finding the target one round later. The fifth began in a state of war, as Ramos remained on the front foot, yet Kharsan found success due to his Laredo, Texas opponent’s tendencies to keep his head in one place.
A hard overhand right thrown by Iskander Kharsan midway through the sixth bucked Jorge’s knees and almost sent him down, but he quickly recovered. Punches landed and were scored by each man in the seventh, most of which connected while the other was in retreat from a quick charge inward. The eighth and final round began with high levels of anticipation from each corner. Ramos showed a bit more will, as the South Texas fighter beckoned his Eastern European adversary to get off of his bicycle, as Kharsan used the ring to its entirety, almost to the last bell.
Scores of 79-74, 79-73 and 80-72 were turned in to award the unanimous decision victory to Iskander Kharsan. The gracious victor used a few words of English in his post fight interview. “Thank You, Austin. I love you!,” he said.
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