AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas - In a middleweight clash, Amilcar Vidal (13-0, 11 KOs) had to fight through fire to win a ten round majority decision over Immanuwel Aleem (18-3-2, 11 KOs). (photos by Amanda Westcott)
The scores were 95-95, 97-93 and 97-93.
Aleem, now with trainer Ronnie Shields, came out jabbing and setting the distance. Vidal was staying patient and looking for the right openings. Aleem was working at a high pace and moving around the ring as Vidal was applying pressure.
Vidal was landing to the body in the second, to slow Aleem down. Aleem was still working well with the jab and quick combinations. The third was getting close, with both having moments. Aleem continued to box well and use good defense. In the fourth, Vidal was starting to land some heavy blows to the head and body. Aleem stood in to trade punches at close range.
Aleem did better in the fifth, as he was outhustling the bigger puncher with his boxing and punches in close. In the sixth, Aleem was taking the fight to Vidal, who was showing signs of fatigue. At the end of the round, Vidal hurt Aleem with punches to the body and head. He was going for the finish, but Aleem weathered the storm.
The seventh was close. Aleem was moving and boxing, while Vidal was pressing the action and throwing big punches. In the eight, Aleem landed a big hook to shake up Vidal, who started coming back with a fury with hard hooks to the body. Aleem stood in to fight fire with fire for most of the round.
More toe to toe action in the ninth, with both trading on the inside. Aleem was getting the better of the exchanges. The tenth round began with punches being exchanged. They were trading plenty of hard blows for most of the round.