Saturday, July 25, 2009
White Wins WBF Title With Upset in Delaware!
Congratulations to Smithsburg, MD's Dean "Pit Bull" White who captured the WBF USA Junior Welterweight title with an eight-round majority decision over Ryan Belasco last night at Dover Downs in Dover, DE. This report, as well as the photo above, comes from Fightnews.com's Rick Scharmberg:
The main event between Ryan Belasco and Dean White featured two natural counter punchers, and the result was a hard fought battle that was difficult to score.
Hailing from New Castle, Delaware, Belasco figured to be the hometown crowd favorite, but White comes from relatively close Frederick, Maryland, so the estimated crowd of 1,500 inside the Rollins Center equally cheered on both fighters.
There was little to choose between them in the opening two rounds. White presented an elusive target for Belasco with his southpaw stance. Belasco was able to land some lead right hands, while White opened with straight lefts to the head and body.
Belasco landed three lead right hands in the first minute of round two, in which there was a lot of grappling and holding. White continued to have some success with his straight left.
White handily took rounds three and four by eluding nearly everything that came his way. If Belasco got too close, he tied him up. White landed some body shots in round three, and a flashy overhand left in round four, along with two lefts downstairs.
Round five could have gone either way, and White landed some effective lefts to the body to win round six. Belasco came on strong in the final two rounds, landing some nice right hand leads to offset White’s left hand.
Smooth ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones kept the crowd – and the fighters – in suspense as he read the scores: 76-76, and then 80-72 and 79-73 in favor of White.
With the victory, White improves to (15-10-1, 7 KOs), while Belasco saw his record slip to (11-3-3, 3 KOs), but picked up valuable experience against a difficult to fight lefty.
The win also breaks White's five-bout losing streak and Belasco's six-bout winning streak.