By Robert Brizel December 6th, 2010 All Ringside Boxing
In a major upset, Ayi Bruce of Accra, Ghana, fighting out of Albany, New York, won the vacant International Boxing Association Welterweight Championship with a majority decision over world ranked Shamone Alvarez, fighting in his hometown of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The normally pro-Alvarez local Atlantic City crowd was offset by a contingent of loud Ghana fans who came to cheer for Ayi Bruce, making the matchup in the crowd a shouting match for fight fans.
The majority decision came by scores of 97-93, 95-94 for Bruce and 95-95 even. If Alvarez had won only one more point and round, he would have won a split decision by 96-94 and 95-94 on two of the scorecards. Bruce won the last five rounds, though, ruining any chance Alvarez had.
Southpaw Alvarez controlled the tempo of the fight for the first four rounds and won them, using a consistent right jab to the head of Bruce to score points, with some body shots mixed in. Bruce's punches were all power shots to the head and body thrown with evil intent, and many landed.
Bruce, 24 years young to Alvarez' 33 years old, went to work with body shots in response to Alvarez throwing right left straight jabs. Bruce countered with right hooks whenever and wherever he could find an opening, with an occasional left hook. After a feeling out first round won by Alvarez, the pace became faster in the second round. Both fighters attempted body shots. Alvarez scored with right hooks to the head. Bruce scored with rights to the body and lefts to the head. Both fighters went inside with short punches. More...