WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (31-0, 20 KOs) won a unanimous decision win over Charlie Jose Navarro (18-4, 13 KOs) on Monday night at Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine. Judges scored it 115-113 (twice) and 116-112. Fightnews.com scorecard 115-113 for Senchenko.
Boxers have started fight carefully, working jabs. For first two rounds the champion threw few blows while studying the style of his challenger. In the third round, Senchenko shook the challenger with an uppercut and right cross.
Senchenko had the advantage in hand speed, outboxing Navarro, who tried to get in close.
In the sixth round of Navarro dominated, throwing many blows to the head and body. Navarro was faster and aggressive. This was dfficult for Senchenko, who was only able to counter-punch.
In the seventh round, the champion received a cut on his nose. Navarro shocked the Ukrainian boxing fns with his constant pressure on Senchenko.
Senchenko was tired in the championship rounds while Navarro relentlessly moved forward and threw many blows.
Trainer Freddie Roach tried to force Senchenko to box at his full capacity and in the final round thanks to support of his fans, Senchenko showed his boxing skills. The bout ended with an entertaining exchange of blows. The champion looked very tired.