In a go for broke slugfest, "Sugar" Jackson Osei Bonsu narrowly got past Carlos Baldomir to win a WBC Welterweight title eliminator by majority decision after 12 brutal rounds at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium.
Former WBC Champion Baldomir was the busier man and largely brought the fight to Ex-European titlist Bonsu but the rugged Argentine's punches didn't have enough power to dissuade Bonsu to keep throwing back.
Showing great stamina, despite his 37 years, Baldomir kept up a high workrate for most of the rounds and took advantage of Bonsu's shaky defense but the Ghana born Antwerp resident punished Baldomir repeatedly for his face-first style, rocking the head of the South American with rifle-like right hands and winging left hooks that rarely seemed to miss the mark.
Bonsu's punching power produced breathtaking results at times, allowing him to compete with his more experienced adversary and outslug the veteran Baldomir, who left no doubt as to his magnificent chin.
When the scores were read, Bonsu won two of the cards 114-113 and 114-112 while a third was even at 113-113.
With the result, Bonsu improves to 30-2 (23), and becomes the mandatory challenger for WBC Welter Champion Timothy Bradley.
The case could be made that Baldomir deserved the decision and on the strength of this performance, the Los Angeles resident will likely garner other opportunities to contend for a world title at either welter or light middle.
The undercard featured a contest for the vacant Belgian Super Middleweight crown with local southpaw Selejdin Koxha, 9-4-2 (2), recently coming off a failed bid to lift the domestic light middle title, outpointing Houssein Hammouch, 5-2-1 (1), after ten frames to win the belt.