Gogoladze outpoints Davis; Sanders defends belt
DETROIT -- Koba Gogoladze outpointed Antonio Davis to successfully defend his NABO junior lightweight title Friday night.
The fight took place in front of an invitation-only crowd at the International Banquet and Convention Center in Detroit's Greektown entertainment district. It was one of three cards in the Detroit area in the days before Sunday's Super Bowl at Ford Field.
Davis was knocked down in the fourth round, then was cut over the left eye by an accidental clash of heads in the eighth, but Gogoladze had a point taken away in the 10th and two more in the 12th, all for excessive holding.
Despite the deductions, Gogoladze won a 12-round majority decision by 114-110 on two cards, while the third judge scored it 112-112.
In the night's other title fight, Mary Jo Sanders (20-0) successfully defended her WBC women's welterweight title with a third-round knockout of Iva Weston (10-4).
Sanders appeared to hurt Weston with sharp combinations in the second round and continued the barrage in the third. After a series of body punches, Weston took a knee in the center of the ring, then walked to her corner as referee Frank Garza stopped the fight at 1:54 of the two-minute round.
Sanders' father, former Detroit Lions star Charlie Sanders, watched the fight from ringside.
On the undercard, James McGirt Jr. (11-0) knocked down Chris Overbey (6-3) twice in each of the first two rounds before finishing the fight in the third.