Pabellón de la Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona – For the vacant EBU super middleweight title, Kerman Lejarraga (33-2, 25 KOs) had to rally to win a razor close ten round technical majority decision over previously undefeated Dylan Charrat (20-1-1, 6 KOs)
The scores were 95-95 even, and 96-94, 96-95 for Lejarraga.
Charrat was doing well in the first, landing accurate punches on Lejarraga’s face and body. Lejarraga was starting to pick things up in the second, but Charrat was not bothered and continued to land solid shots to the head and body.
A close third with Lejarraga applying a lot of pressure and working his jab. The fourth saw Charrat finding a lot of openings to connect with solid shots. In the fifth, Lejarraga’s face was getting marked up and he was unable to make a dent on Charrat, who was mixing up his punches and jabbing well to set up the bigger shots.
In the sixth, Lejarraga was standing his ground and he was having more success, with Charrat moving and not punching as much. They were trading away in the seventh. Lejarraga was coming on, forcing Charrat to fight harder than he wanted. Lejarraga continued to come on in the eight, with damaging shots to the body of Charrat. The end of the round saw an exhausted Charrat struggle back to his corner.
Lejarraga was pressing forward in the ninth, chasing down Charrat and looking to close out the show. Charratt was moving around, holding and looking to get a second wind. Charrat was landing one punch at a time, as he forced Lejarraga to chase after him. More of the same in the tenth, with Lejarraga chasing after Charrat and looking to do damage. Charrat was trying to pick Lejarraga off with shots as he came in. There was a clash of heads that opened up a cut above the right eye of Lejarraga, with a decent amount of blood flowing down. There was a pause in the action, with the doctor looking at the cut and deciding to wave off the fight – which sent it straight to the scorecards.
As part of the undercard, an EBU super bantamweight title clash saw Mary Romero (7-2, 2 KOs) retain the title by stopping previously unbeaten Amy Timlin (4-1-1, 0 KO) in eight rounds.
In the opening round, Timlin suffered a cut around the left eye from a right hand from Romero. As the fight played out in the first half, Romero was outlanding and working over the younger fighter.
Timlin seemed to have her moments in the middle rounds, but Romero began to rally as the fight continued in the later rounds. Timlin was getting bullied at times and unable to land anything that made the champion take a step back.
After getting tagged up in the eight, Timlin’s corner decided to stop the fight before the start of the ninth.
Former world champion Kiko Martinez (42-10-2, 29 KOs) returned for the first time since a controversial decision loss to Zelfa Barrett in February, and picked up a stay-busy eight round unanimous decision over Jayro Duran (14-10).
Junior middleweight prospect Cyrus Pattinson (2-0, 1 KO) won a six round unanimous decision over Dumitru Vicol (1-2).
Super featherweight Moussa Gholam (17-0, 10 KOs) stopped Mauro Perouene (12-4) in the eight and final round.
Super featherweight Youssef Khoumari (13-0-1, 5 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Vicente Rodriguez (39-8).