“Mighty” Mike Tiberi, of Townsend won the vacant WBF Intercontinental Championship title in a unanimous decision against Sean “Hollywood” Wilson at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino Friday night.
Tiberi dominated the eight-round bout with a series of strong combos to the head and body of Wilson. Powerful right jabs and hooks forced Wilson to stumble in the early rounds, keeping him on the defensive throughout the fight.
In the final round, both fighters came from their corners with more fierce aggression and began to trade blows in the center of the ring in a last-ditch effort to sway the judge’s decision. Ultimately the scores were 80-72, 80-71, and 79-73 all in favor of Tiberi.
Throughout the fight, Tiberi had tremendous fan support and chants of “Let’s go Mikey” were rewarded when the WBF super middleweight championship was placed around Tiberi’s waist.
Before exiting the ring, Tiberi was engulfed by prideful cheers and embraced the moment of accomplishment by raising his hands above his head looking to the crowd and thanking them for the support. Tiberi now stands at 19-1 with 8 knockouts.
Mike “Strictly Business” Denby, of Wilmington, also emerged victorious over opponent Jorge Ruiz in a unanimous decision.
The four-round fight featured both fighters trading head and body shots with speed and force. Both fighters clashed in the center of the ring on numerous occasions, neither giving an edge to their opponent. By the third round the difference between the fighters became evident as Ruiz began to lose power in his punches. In an act of frustration, Ruiz pushed Denby to the ring floor at the third round bell.
By the fourth round, stamina seemed to have been the deciding factor to who would emerge victorious. Denby who danced and stalked what looked to be a winded Ruiz, landed powerful combos to the body.
Denby, at times, glanced to his corner to receive advice and continued his attack until the end of the round. In the end all three judges scored the fight 39-37 in Denby’s favor. Denby now has a 4-12-4 record with 2 KO’s.