Claggett Stuns Robles at “Knockout Night at the D”

 

The Knockout Night at the D in Las Vegas, NevadaSteve “The Dragon” Claggett has found a home in the super lightweight division. He came from 147lb to challenge Emmanuel Robles in the main event Friday night.

Claggett, fighting out of Calgary, Canada, dropped down one weight class. Coming off a disputed 10-round decision loss to Chris van Heerden this past April, also at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Claggett won a 10-round majority decision (98-92, 98-92, 94-96) tonight for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title. His expert body work allowed him to dictate the pace of the boxing match.

“This is a long time coming, Claggett admitted. “I took the loss (vs. van Heerden) in stride, vowing to go back to the gym and make changes. I went down to 140 (lbs.) and it was the right decision. I’m stronger. I I really worked hard.

 

 

“I landed a couple of shots that hurt him noticeably. He’s tough. Robles is a champion in the making. I have a lot of respect for him. This is my life. It (his loss to van Heerden) fueled me. The fire’s back in me. I love fighting in Las Vegas.”

 

The win puts Claggett at 24-4-1 for his career, with him winning four or of his last five bouts.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada September 9, 2016 - The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegas and DLVEC and is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. The main event pins Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles against Steve “The Dragon” Claggett in a 10-round junior welterweight match up. The fight goes ten rounds and Claggett wins by decision.

 

 

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The co-feature showcased a pair undefeated junior middleweights and from the opening bell it was a real firefight. Macias forced Rolando “Rola” Garza (9-1, 6 KOs), a 3-time Mexican National amateur champion, to fight his fight. Macia’s aggressive style, always coming forward, throwing punches from every conceivable angle, ruled the coop. Garza got caught up in the action and paid for it, although the score after was 39-37, 39-37 for Macias, 39-37 for Garza, entering the fifth and final round. Macia’s constant pressure controlled the action, wearing down Garza, and paid dividends as he dropped Garza in the fifth. Referee Jay Nady had seen enough, halting the fight at that point as much due to the damage Garza had suffered in the first four rounds as the knockdown.

 

Las Vegas, Nevada September 9 2016 - The “Knockout Night at the D” series, presented by the D Las Vegas and DLVEC, is promoted by Roy Jones Jr. The co-main event features two unbeaten junior middleweights as Rolando “Rola” Garza battles Neeco “The Rooster” Macias for the title belt. Neeco Marcias wins in the 5th by TKO. © Ken Howard/Alamy Live News

A rising star was born in Macia, who captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBC) United States junior middleweight championship. “It’s conditioning, a lot of work,” Macias explained the reason for his non-stop action before crowing loudly in the ring. “I stuck to the game plan. I knew he’d come to fight with a lot of skill to out-box me and get points. My game plan was throw a lot of upper cuts and punches from every angle. It was all about throwing combinations.

 

The Knockout Night at the D in Las Vegas, Nevada

“He had a lot pf power, so I used defense to block punches. In the last round, I put punches together. I think the fight was stopped a little early and he could have kept going, but I didn’t see what he saw, and the referee was looking out for the fighters so we can fight another day.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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