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Warren edges Payano to win bantamweight belt

Rau'Shee Warren

Time ran out on Rau’Shee Warren last August when he first fought Juan Carlos Payano. He was too hesitant to start his attack and it cost him dearly as he lost a split decision. This time, Warren was stuck in another close contest against WBA Super world bantamweight title holder and IBO World champion, but got out of the blocks faster and that helped him earn two of the judges’ decision as he earned the majority decision, 115-113 (twice) with the third scoring it a 114-114 draw.

“This feels great. It’s unbelievable,” Warren said. “Payano came to put on a great fight but I came out victorious. It was a good fight. If he wants the rematch, we can do it again.”

With two incredibly close decisions with different winners, a third deciding rubber match in the series seems like what needs to happen sooner rather than later.

The biggest difference for Warren this time was how he made an immediate impact. He worked his jab effectively the entire time but in the first round he landed a hard left hand that sent Payano back a step. Warren landed another hard left hand in the fourth round that sent Payano back to the ropes. Warren just continues to work him with the left hand and the Dominican could not escape.

However, he did close in on the scorecard in the later rounds, but Warren cut Payano in a dominant 11th round that secured him the victory.

“I want to take it to another level,” Warren said. “A third fight could be really big. I want Warren-Payano III in Cincinnati (Warren’s hometown). If not I’ll go after the other champions.”

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