Williams shuts out Ishida
Paul Williams produced a shut-out performance to beat Nobuhiro Ishida in Corpus Christi in Texas on Saturday night.
Williams won the light-middleweight bout 120-108 on each of the cards, but his Japanese opponent made a commendable contribution to an entertaining fight that was broadcast live on SuperSport.
The 30-year-old Williams, a former WBC middleweight champion, was too strong for Ishida, 37, who never stopped punching and did a good deal of damage to the American’s face.
The victory moved Williams to 41-2, including 27 stoppage wins. Ishida’s record now stands at 24-7-2, with 9 knockouts.
Williams, who lost the WBC middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in 2010, is hoping his latest win will earn him a rematch with the Argentinian southpaw.
CLOUD SCRAPES HOME
On the same card, IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud retained his title when he beat Gabriel Campillo on a split decision.
The scores were 116-110 and 114-112 for the American and 115-111 for the Spaniard, a former WBA champion.
Campillo was knocked down twice in the opening round but Cloud’s charge was interrupted when he was cut in the third round. In the end the decision could have gone either way.
The fight was close right up to the final bell and some experts felt Campillo had done enough to win.
Cloud said: "I feel I won the fight. I knocked him down a few times and was the aggressor throughout. I wanted to put him away but sometimes you get it and sometimes you don't."
It was the fourth successful defence for Cloud, who won the title in 2009 by unanimous decision over Britain's Clinton Woods.
He then beat Jamaica-born Glen Johnson and Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in 2010, and stopped compatriot Yusaf Mack in the eighth round last June.
Campillo, 34, drew with Germany's Karo Murat last October. The Spaniard lost the WBA version of the light-heavyweight crown to Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan in 2010.
Earlier heavyweight Chris Arreola knocked out Eric Molina in the first round to take his professional record to 35-2, including 30 knockouts. Molina dropped to 18-2; 14.
Australia-based South African Virgil Kalakoda was knocked out in the eight round of his fight in Homebush, Sydney, at the weekend.
Light-middleweight Yao Yi Ma (10-1; 7) from Taiwan defeated Kalakoda (24-8-3; 16) in a bout for IBF Pan Pacific title. Both Yao is also based in Australia.