Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez scored the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) middleweight title last night at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center by unexpectedly beating previously undefeated, and 50-1 betting favorite, Arif “The Predator” Magomedov via unanimous decision.
A largely unknown six-year pro fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona, 30-year-old Hernandez (12-4-1, 3 KOs, 1 No Contest) put Magomedov (who was more prey than predator) on his seat in the 10th, winning the 10-rounder by two scores of 100-89 and one of 98-91. Hernandez, a full-time landscaper, won the then-vacant UBF (Universal Boxing Federation) InterContinental super middleweight title by stopping Jeff Page Jr. via 10th-round TKO last November.
Twenty-three-year-old Magomedov, a three-year ring vet (17-1, 10 KOs), won the WBA Fedelatin middleweight title in April 2014 by retiring Alex Theran in the third, as well as the then-vacant WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title four months later by beating Patrick Mendy via unanimous decision. The Russian entered last night’s fight fifth-ranked by the WBA. He’s second-ranked by the WBC, third by the WBO, and 14th by the IBF.
“This fight changes everything for me,” said Hernandez. Same is true of Magomedov.
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