Super Six: Beastly White beats Despaigne over six threes

18 Dec

Alan Dawson – London

Cornelius White feasted on tough opponent Yordanis Despaigne, boxing at a tempo and consistency that his opponent failed to negate, in order to secure himself a strong six round decision victory at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on December 17. An emerging prospect in a light heavyweight division saturated with talent, White is renowned for his power but was made to put in the full amount of rounds against a prizefighter who refused to relinquish his will.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
10 9 10 10 10 10

9 10 9 9 9 9

Official verdict: 60-53, 59-55, 59-55; unanimous decision to White.

Cuban hotshot Despaigne lacked the edge in round one as, even though both fighters laid a similar amount of gloves onto the other, it was White whose aggression appeared to be the more effective.

In the second round, this was reversed. Midway through the round, undefeated American prospect White powered a body-punch into Despaigne’s midsection that forced the visiting fighter to have a breather, take lateral movements, before coming back and popping one, two, three, four eye-catching lead punches into White’s nose and mouth.

White boxed with an eagerness to prove he was the ring general in the third and such a tactic looked convincing, primarily due to his accurate body-punching. The Houston-based pugilist, however, was fighting with blood smeared all over his mush as Despaigne’s head-bound shots had opened multiple wounds that were angered each and every time Despaigne landed an additional shot, whether it be a jab, hook or grazing uppercut.

Despite the blatant leakage of claret, White’s aggression was fueled by machismo, he took the round and, if the contest was a distance fight he could have come to rue the energy expelled yet, because it was a six-rounder, the likeliness to punch oneself out became diluted.

It had been White who had set himself up to be the body-puncher out of the two, but in the fourth round it was a Despaigne shot dug into the ribs that had White slack-jawed and breathing heavy. White, though, reacted like he had performed throughout the bout by controlling the pace and range of the fight, dispatching heavy leather and making Despaigne uncomfortable – something he continued to do in round five, despite being hindered by a pissing laceration.

White closed the show in a convincing fashion in the sixth as he landed overhand rights, right hooks, lead punches and swift combination shots that forced Despaigne onto his bike and bouncing sprightly around the ring’s periphery in order to avoid the heavy hands of the American.

With the win, White rose to 18-1-0, 15ko while Despaigne dropped to 9-2-0, 4ko.

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One Response to “Super Six: Beastly White beats Despaigne over six threes”


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