Emmanuel Tagoe didn’t defeat Mason Menard basically as impressively as Teofimo Lopez or Devin Haney, but Tagoe received their 10-round lightweight fight Friday night.
The a hundred thirty five-pound contender from Ghana overcame Menard by using majority decision on the Daniel Jacobs-Gabe Rosado undercard at Seminole tough Rock hotel & on line casino in Hollywood, Florida. Judges Fernando Barbosa (ninety six-ninety four) and Carlos Sucre (98-ninety two) scored their battle for Tagoe, but choose Michael Ross had it a draw (ninety five-ninety five).
The 31-year-old Tagoe (32-1, 15 KOs), who ended a 16-month layoff, has won 32 straight fights because dropping his seasoned debut to Lante Addy with the aid of fifth-circular technical knockout in June 2004. The 32-year-old Menard (36-5, 25 KOs), of Rayne, Louisiana, had suffered his first 4 defeats with the aid of knockout or technical knockout, including a devastating first-circular knockout loss to Lopez in December 2018.
Menard caught Tagoe with a appropriate hook just after the midway element of the 10th circular. Tagoe wasn’t as lively in the remaining round as he had been all through most of their battle, which enabled Menard to land some shots on him.
Tagoe spent a lot of the ninth round showboating and landing occasional shots on Menard.
A left hook by way of Tagoe caught Menard clean simply after the midway mark of the eighth circular. He linked with a tough appropriate hand a few seconds later that appeared to hurt Menard, but Tagoe couldn’t capitalize on that sequence.
in keeping with DAZN’s Todd Grisham, the eighth circular lasted four full minutes, no longer three.
Menard nailed Tagoe with a left hook when there was just over a minute to head in the seventh circular. past within the seventh, Tagoe caught Menard with a slicing correct hand that landed close his temple.
Tagoe linked with a counter appropriate hand with just over a minute closing in the sixth circular. Tagoe later landed a left-right mixture just earlier than the sixth circular ended.
Tagoe landed a lot of appropriate arms all the way through a one-sided fifth circular and began closing Menard’s left eye.
Menard suffered a cut above his left eye all over the fourth round. Tagoe nailed Menard with a straight correct within the fourth circular, however Menard took it well.
Referee Telis Assimenios sternly warned Tagoe for retaining late within the third round.
Tagoe caught Menard coming in with a right uppercut at simply about the halfway mark of the second circular. a little less than 20 seconds into the 2d round, Tagoe landed a straight appropriate hand.
Menard pressed the action all through the primary circular, however Tagoe changed into positive boxing off his returned foot in these opening three minutes.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.