posted at 22:50
Author Name: Daniel Hicks
Vargas retains WBA super lightweight crown in Macau
The champion from Las Vegas, with legendary fighter Roy Jones Jr making his debut as a trainer in his corner, got the better of his valiant opponent in a fight which exploded into life from the fifth round onwards. DeMarco had many moments when he seemed to be getting on top, particularly in the ninth when he wobbled Vargas with a fierce straight left which sent him reeling back into DeMarco's own corner. In the second world title fight, Ukraine's double Olympic gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko handed out a boxing lesson to the experienced Thai Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo. The man from Odessa easily retained his World Boxing Organization featherweight title, which he won in only his third professional fight earlier this year after one of the greatest amateur careers in history - one defeat in 397 bouts. Piriyapinyo had only lost once in his 52 fights before Sunday and was dropped to the canvas for the first time in his career in the fourth round, after a vicious series of half-a-dozen head-snapping punches culminated in a ring-shaking left hand. The bell sounded before Lomachenko could finish the job and the tough Thai recovered enough to see out the contest to the full 12-round distance despite being picked off at will by the lightning quick Lomachenko. So hard were Lomachenko's shots that he suffered a broken left hand in the 10th round. "You can show the left and feint with the left hand - but don't throw it," his corner were heard to caution.

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