The Armory in Minneapolis – The unbeaten super light weight Alberto Puello (20-0, 10 KOs) made a unanimous decision over VeShawn Owens (13-3, 12 KOs) after their 10-round competition.
Puello controlled the action with exceptional shot accuracy, landing 39% of his shots compared to Owens’ 16%. While Owens tried to disturb his opponent with awkward movements, Puello was steadfast on his way to a 171 to 78 stroke advantage.
“The strategy has always been to be smart,” said Puello. “I knew I just had to keep moving and carry out my plan. As the fight went on, I could see that he wanted to fight from head to toe, so I adjusted and faced it.”
Owens’ move almost got him into trouble early on, as he was marked with an accidental elbow that cut a cut above his right eye on round two. He was able to weather this difficulty but was kept in check by a consistent body attack from Puello, who opened Owens up to the left and right hooks to his head.
“I never got my rhythm,” said Owens. “I don’t know what it was, but I couldn’t get my timing down. I got him good a few times, but I couldn’t capitalize more sharply than I expected, but he was neither too fast nor too powerful. I just couldn’t get my timing going. He was the fiercer fighter and he knew what he was doing. He was ready and I take my hat off to him. It was all me No excuses, he was the better man. ”
After 10 rounds, the judges rated the bout 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92, all in favor of Puello, who scored the victory in Owens’ hometown of Minneapolis.
“I’m ready for all the top 140 pounders,” said Puello. “I’ll just do it fight after fight, but now everyone knows that I am ready for each of them.”