Video: Carlos Adames bests Terrell Gausha by decision to retain title

Carlos Adames defeats Terrell Gausha in Davis vs Martin PPV opener live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Carlos Adames successfully defended his world title against Terrell Gausha live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 15. The pair squared off in the PBC PPV on Prime Video opener leading to Gervonta Davis vs Frank Martin.

Adames came out victorious by unanimous decision. After 12 rounds at middleweight, two judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110, and one judge had 119-109, all in favor of the WBC 160-pound champion of the Dominican Republic. On his way to victory, in the 11th round Adames landed an accidental low blow.

With the victory, Carlos Adames improved to 24-1, 18 KOs and made the first successful defense of his title. The Washington Heights, New York-based 30-year-old was elevated to a full champion in May, after Jermall Charlo was stripped of the belt following the DWI arrest. The Comendador, Dominican Republic native previously held and successfully defended the interim WBC middleweight strap.

“This is very satisfying,” Adames said. “To have defended my title the way I did, with the convincing decision, was what I wanted after a year away.”

“The knockout was in the making until I landed that accidental low blow,” said Adames. “That was unfortunate. [Gausha] was able to compose himself and catch his breath after that. He was an uncomfortable, unique opponent to face.”

“The best is yet to come! I want to thank all the fans for coming out, and I appreciate your support.”

Terrell Gausha of Cleveland, Ohio dropped to 24-4-1, 12 KOs, which snapped his two-fight winning streak. The 2012 U.S. Olympian didn’t succeed in his second attempt to lift one of four major belts. Back in October 2017, the Encino, California-based 36-year-old challenged Erislandy Lara for the WBA 154-pound title, but fell short also dropping a unanimous decision.

“Carlos Adames is a tough hell of a fighter and he has a strong punch, so I knew we had to be careful in the first few rounds,” Gausha said. “The game plan was to pick it up towards the end of the fight, which I thought I did, but obviously it wasn’t enough tonight.”

“The scorecards were wide. I don’t agree with them. I thought it was closer, but at the end of the day he won the fight. So, it is what it is.”

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a former Muay Thai fighter, sports manager and editor at FIGHTMAG.

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