Motospace Dubai Investment Park, Dubai - In a competitive flyweight boxing match, Muhammad Waseem (12-1, 8 KOs) had to rally in the final two rounds to win a close twelve round unanimous decision over Rober Barrera (23-4, 13 KOs) in a WBA world title eliminator. Waseem also received the WBC's silver title.
The scores were 115-113, 115-114 and 117-111.
Barrera was boxing well, but he was always under pressure from an incoming Waseem, who was throwing and landing a lot of shots.
By the ninth, Waseem looked exhausted from the high-paced workrate and was doing a lot of holding. Barrera went right after an exhausted Waseem in the tenth and the Pakistani fighter was taking punishment. Waseem was doing everything to survive, but mostly holding to catch his breath and taking shots.
During the eleventh, Barrera was moving and boxing - while Waseem, who was starting to recover, was coming forward and pressing the action. Both had moments in the twelfth and final round, with Waseem landing the harder shots.
Two division world champion Badou Jack (25-3-3, 15 KOs) made his debut at the cruiserweight limit, in search of another title, and took down Samuel Crossed (11-2-1, 7 KOs) in two rounds.
The first round was on even terms, but Jack broke away in the second when he scored a knockdown with a big right. Crossed never fully recovered, as he was decked two more times before the fight was waved off.
Junior welterweight contender Ohara Davies (23-2, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Nicholas Mwangi (10-4-1, 7 KOs).
The score of 99-91 was handed down by all three judges.
Davies was stalking and pumping a jab for most of the fight, while making Mwangi miss his counter attempts. On the other hand, Mwangi was very defense and was often able to avoid the right hand attempts by Davies.
Davies had a WBA eliminator set with Ismael Barroso, who was unable to enter the country.
Junior welterweight prospect Bader Samreen (4-0, 3 KOs) blew away Digari Mahesh (4-2-1, 1 KO) in the first round, after scoring three knockdowns in the round.
All three knockdowns came in the final minute, with the third coming just a second or two before the bell from a barrage of shots.
Snapping a two year layoff, former WBA "regular" super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (28-2, 16 KOs) stopped Emmanuel Danso (32-7, 26 KOs) in two rounds of a light heavyweight bout.
Fielding rocked Danso in the first round. Danso lost a point in the second for punching to the back of the head. Then a big left hand sent Danso down hard. He barely beat the count, but didn't come out for the third.