Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury did what we all thought he would by handing Sweden's Otto Wallin his first professional defeat but the unpredictability of heavyweight boxing showed itself tonight when Fury picked up a bad cut in the 3rd round and was forced to go the full 12 rounds to outpoint his 28-year-old opponent by 116-112, 117-111 and 118-110 on the judges' scorecards. There were not too many predicting a point's decision ending to this contest beforehand.
The cut over Fury's right eye bled heavily and another nick opened on the same eye in the 8th. The first cut was caused by a left hand from Wallin who will be moving up the rankings despite losing this contest. The heavyweight landscape needs viable contenders and Wallin has firmly placed himself on that list.
There was no doubt about the winner but Fury did get hit and hurt by the big Swede especially in the final round.
Fury moves on to fight Wilder as long as Deontay gets through his next title defence against the ageing Cuban Luis Ortiz later this year.
Jose Pedraza vs Jose Zepeda
The move up in weight from 135lb to 140lb didn't pay off for former 2-division world champion Jose Pedraza when he was beaten on a unanimous decision by 2-time world lightweight title challenger Jose Zepeda from La Puente, California.
The possibility of a Zepeda win was always a reality and he took his opportunity with both hands, landing his straight left hand cleanly on the Puerto Rican favourite throughout the 10 rounds.
Zepeda could be in-line for a rematch with WBC/WBO super-lightweight champion Jose Ramirez who he lost to on a close decision back in February.
Pedraza might want to rethink moving up to 140lbs.
Emanuel Navarrete vs Juan Miguel Elorde
WBO super-bantamweight champion Emanuel Navarette made the third defence of his title, and the second in the space of a month when he stopped Filipino challenger Juan Miguel Elorde in 4 rounds.
The champion dominated his challenger and scored a knockdown in the 3rd round when a left hook dropped the 32-year-old Elorde into the ropes, referee Russell Mora issuing a count and he stopped the fight after only 26 seconds of the 4th round after Navarette battered his challenger with hard shots.
Navarette is looking like he might hold this title for some time to come.
Carlos Cuadras vs Jose Maria Cardenas
Carlos Cuadras scored another good win when he outpointed 22-year-old fellow countryman Jose Maria Cardenas over 10 rounds. The judges scored 96-94, 96-94, and 95-95 to give Cuadras the win by majority decision. Cardenas might feel aggrieved by the scorecards but the right man won on the night.
This was Cuadras's 3rd straight win since dropping a 10 round decision to Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo in February 2018.