Quartey Retains WBA Welterweight Title
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ike Quartey seemed to be in control from the opening bell Friday night but had to settle for a majority decision over Oba Carr in defense of the WBA welterweight championship.
The fight in The Theater at Madison Square Garden had some weird goings on.
Quartey seemed to slip after he missed with a right hand in the 11th round but referee Arthur Mercante called it a knockdown. A legitimate knockdown almost occurred in the seventh round when Quartey landed a smashing hook to Carr’s body and the challenger’s knee almost touched the floor.
Quartey, of Ghana, was penalized a point in the fourth round for hitting behind the head and Carr was penalized points in the eighth and 10th rounds for low blows.
At fight’s end, Carr, of Detroit, was bleeding from a cut beneath his right eye and his left eye was almost closed from Quartey’s punishing left jab and solid rights and left hooks to the head.
Judge Gonzalo Rivera, however, scored the fight 112-112. Judge Luis Rivera saw it 116-109 and Jose Laurino scored it 117-107, both for Quartey.
The AP favored Quartey 117-108.
Quartey was much too strong for Carr, who said, ``I knew it’d be a tough fight. I trained hard.″
Carr’s conditioning may have been what got the challenger through the 12 rounds.
Quartey took control in the fifth round and from then on scored with solid shots to the body, hard jabs and combinations to the head. Carr simply couldn’t match Quartey’s power. But he kept fighting back, especially in the 10th and 11th rounds, before the champion dominated the final round.
``I wanted to charge him and put him on his heels,″ Quartey said. ``I had to give him space because of the low blows.″
``I didn’t think the blows were low,″ Carr said.
Quartey, 147, is 33-0 with 28 knockouts. Carr, 147, lost for the second time against 39 victories. He has 25 knockouts.