The super middleweight division closes out Saturday’s busy boxing slate with the WBA title on the line. Champion David Morrell, Jr. puts his belt and 7-0 record on the line when he faces Aidos Yerbossynuly on Showtime. The main card gets going at 9 p.m. ET and the main event will likely get going around 11:30 p.m.
Morrell only has seven pro fights under his belt, but he was 130-2 in his previous amateur career and is the sixth-ranked super middleweight at The Ring and fourth-ranked at Bad Left Hook. He won the WBA title in only his third pro fight, beating Lennox Allen via unanimous decision. He has won four fights since claiming the belt.
Yerbossynuly is 16-0 and looking to take a step up in his career. He previously held the WBA International, WBC-ABC Continental, and WBO Global titles, but this will be his first shot at a major championship.
Morrell comes into the bout as a heavy favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -1100 favorite while Yerbossynuly is a +600 underdog.
The fighters are in the ring, and we are underway in Minneapolis!
David Morrell Jr. vs. Aidos Yerbossynuly round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Morrell
Not really a close round, as Yerbossynuly really was unable to land much while Morrell found the range with his jab as well as landed some body shots.
Round 2: 10-9 Morrell
We might not be here long. Everything Yerbossynuly is missing thanks to brilliant head movement, and a right hook/straight left combination was the best so far. Terrific work by the champ.
Round 3: 10-9 Morrell
Just a clinic so far. Yerbossynuly is really struggling to land, and whatever defensive work he does simply isn’t able to cover up all the angles as Morrell attacks downhill. The body movement for Morrell is tremendous.
Round 4: 10-9 Morrell
More of the same, as Morrell continues to show superior power and technically ability, while Yerbossynuly’s face is a mess. The southpaw champion is coasting as of now.
Round 5: 10-9 Yerbossynuly
Morrell looks to have made a conscious adjustment in that round to just dummy up and take some punishment in the hopes of having Yerbossynuly punch himself out. It allowed his opponent to win the round, but for a fighter that’s only been past the fourth once in his career, it looked like a tactical decision.
Round 6: 10-9 Morrell
Much closer than the earlier rounds, and you can hear the power from both fighters as they’re really trading leather. Some nice rights and power lefts from Morrell, but a couple combinations on the ropes scored for Yerbossynuly as well.
Round 7: 10-9 Morrell
Another closer win for the champ, but he’s seemed to have lost a bit of his explosiveness, especially at range. There might be some conditioning questions, which makes sense for a fighter that hasn’t been in much deep water before.
Round 8: 10-9 Morrell
A closer round, but it’s closer in these late rounds than the corner of Morrell would like. Yerbossynuly is able to get in and land with some power, but is still eating more than he’s giving.
Round 9: 10-9 Morrell
A ruled slip at the end of the round could have been ruled a knockdown, and Morrell stole the round late with a terrific straight left. But Yerbossynuly did some nice work to the body and a big upper cut earlier in the period.
Round 10: 10-9 Morrell
The chin on Yerbossynuly is terrific, but he’s taking a tremendous amount of punishment. Some excellent upper cuts and big rights to the body made this one a domination.
If Morrell stays on his feet, he wins this fight.
Round 11: 10-9 Morrell
A bit more dancing and panache from the champion, who was active with his length and speed, but also took some shots as well. It’s a great performance, but it seems there is more talent to be mined from Morrell as he continues to grow as a fighter.
Round 12: David Morrell wins by KO at 2:28 of the final round
It would have been a 10-6 round for Morrell if Yerbossynuly had gotten up the second time. A knockdown just seconds into the round set it all up, then Yerbossynuly had a point deducted for blatant holding as he tried to stall long enough to get to the final bell. But a straight right finished him as Yerbossynuly simply couldn’t get off the canvas.