WBC International Bantam-weight champion Duke Micah (Ghana 22-0, 18 inside) retained his belt in a voluntary defence last June 9th at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn New York against Thomas Snow. Duke outpointed Snow by split decision. Real Deal Sports & Entertainment of Evander Holyfield promoted the show in Brooklyn.
Thomas Snow was determined to play spoiler, but Duke Micah wouldn’t be denied. Making the second defense of his WBC International bantamweight title, Micah’s aggression and volume punching carried him to a ten-round split decision win at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
Final cards read 97-92 and 97-93 for Micah, and 95-94 for Snow.
The 37-year-old Maryland native used every ounce of veteran guile to keep his younger, hungrier foe off him. Micah (22-0, 18 KOs) , 26, came forward in the first looking to land the right hand against southpaw Snow. Snow exhibited solid defense, offering a bit less in return.
Ghana’s Micah had more success digging to the body than he did to the head. “It was a tough fight,” Micah said afterward.
Snow enjoyed several moments in the middle rounds by turning the tables on Micah. When Micah missed, Snow spun him toward the ropes and fired to the ribs. A counter right upstairs slipped through Micah’s guard but the punch lacked any serious pop. The American fought off his backfoot, to keep away from the incoming.
Two rights drove Snow toward the ropes. As Micah jumped in, Snow predictably attempted to hold on. Their feet got tangled and Snow tumbled to the floor while Micah threw. Only, he didn’t stop throwing, landing a right on top of Snow’s head as he lay on the canvas.
The infraction cost Micah one point, a point made moot by two of the cards.
“Duke had a tough opponent in front of him,” said co-manager Michael Amoo-Bediako. “He’ll need to improve to challenge the best in the division, but he will. We will make sure to put everything in place for him to do so.
Former WBC International Bantam-weight champions in this division
Ryan Burnett, Northern Ireland
Ernesto Saulong, Philippines
Silvester Lopez, Philippines
Rex WAO, Philippines
Alberto Guevara, Mexico
Dennis Tubieron, Philippines
Hiroki Shiino, Japan
Thangthong Kiattaweeksuk, Thailand
Carmelo Ballone, Belgium
Vincent Palicte, Philippines
Nick Otieno, Kenya
Vusi Malinga, South Africa
Abner Cordero, Philippines
Ricky O. Gayamo, Philippines
Jovi Halog, Philippines
Armando Castro, Mexico
Samir Laala, Algeria
Vince Feeney, Great Britain
Willy Antonio Perdomo Medina, Dominican Republic
Samuel Duran, Philippines
Saming Kaitpetch, Thailand
Roger Galicia, Philippines
Juan José Estrada, Mexico
Khulile Makebaì, South Africa
Concepción Velazquez, Mexico
Wongso Indrajit, Indonesia
Donnie Hood, Scotland
**Raul Valdez, Mexico
Raul Valdez has been the first fighter ever to win a WBC International title *****