PAYANO ON POINTS

WED­NES­DAY Au­gust 23, 2017

Boxing News - - The Week -

FOR­MER world ban­tamweight cham­pion Juan Car­los Payano scores an im­pres­sive de­ci­sion vic­tory over Alexis San­ti­ago at Sam’s Town in Las Ve­gas the pre­vi­ous night (Tuesday Au­gust 22) on a show pre­sented by May­weather Pro­mo­tions.

Payano sets the pace early, clos­ing the dis­tance with San­ti­ago and de­liv­er­ing con­sis­tent flur­ries of punches. San­ti­ago is un­able to keep Payano from charg­ing for­ward early, and seems fo­cused on land­ing a big counter.

“The strat­egy was to wear him down and then re­ally try to walk him down and take him out,” says Payano. “San­ti­ago was a lit­tle too tough for his own good, so I kept some dis­tance at times and con­trolled the fight.”

Af­ter 10 rounds of ac­tion, all three judges see the fight in Payano’s favour by scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice.

US 2012 Olympian Jamel Her­ring is out­pointed over 10 light­weight rounds by Ladar­ius Miller fur­ther down the card, with Miller’s con­sis­tent workrate earn­ing him scores of 98-92 and 97-93 twice.

Mean­while, Las Ve­gas-based Lon­doner Ash­ley Theo­phane loses to Shoki Sakai unan­i­mously over eight rounds.

Photo: ANDY SAMUELSON/PRE­MIER BOX­ING CHAM­PI­ONS

LOOK­ING GOOD: Payano at­tacks San­ti­ago with an up­per­cut

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