Ex-champ James beat Palmetta in a chic mahacha: video


Armory, Minneapolis, USA. In the second most important fight of the evening, welterweights (up to 66.7 kg) met: the former world champion American Jamal James (28-2, 12 KOs) interrupted Alberto Palmetta (18-2, 13 KOs) from Argentina in a bright fight.

The left-handed guest, as expected, slowly began to crush the ex-champion. But he coped well with the pressure, controlled the distance, did not stagnate. In the 2nd round, Palmetta acted more successfully: he hit with a left hook, disturbed the opponent’s body, forced James to work to the limit.

So far, at the beginning of the rounds, the favorite is the soloist, then the underdog seizes the initiative. It is possible that James has already slowed down a bit. But Palmette needs to continue to apply pressure, as it will be very difficult to win here on points.

Trading blows in round 3 @JamalShango | #JamesPalmetta #MatiaPonce pic.twitter.com/zgerrS9isy

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The American has so far managed to record rounds in his piggy bank – he simply recycles the opponent. But such a density of battle exhausts him (that’s why he constantly gives up the endings of the rounds). And the battle had just crossed the equator. It will be hard.

Great fight! Incredible 7th round. James got a little carried away with power punches. I spent the ending of the three-minute session at the ropes, working out in defense with the body. This is the kind of fight Palmette needs. He needs to force close range more aggressively, attack more often on the body, and he constantly stagnates in the middle range.

The pressure of Alberto Palmetta is relentless #JamesPalmetta #MatiaPonce pic.twitter.com/Gv0jbALCG9

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Aggressive exchange in the 9th round. The fighters shocked each other in turn, after which both simultaneously decided not to force events, but to pull the opponent out on themselves. Palmetta is slightly unfinished. He can’t win without a knockout. At least not in Minneapolis. Yes, and he probably did not take the last round.

Official fight. The score of the judges: 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92 in favor of the American.

James UD 10.