Charles Conwell decisions Juan Carlos Abreu to remain unbeaten
CARSON, Calif. – Junior middleweight Charles Conwell remained unbeaten Saturday night, defeating hard-hitting Juan Carlos Abreu by majority decision at Dignity Health Sports Park.
One judge scored the bout 95-95, but the other two judges scored the bout 98-92 and 96-94 for Conwell, who improves to 18-0, 13 knockouts.
The 25-year-old Conwell, a 2016 U.S. Olympian, had a decent opening round until the final moments when Conwell suffered a nasty cut above his left eye. Replays showed the cut occurred from an accidental clash of heads.
Conwell would spend the next round or two finding a rhythm, while pawing at the blood that would stream out of the cut. By the third round, Conwell began landing the more-telling punches, throwing and landing two and three-punch combinations to Abreu’s head and body.
Abreu was game, finding success in spots. He was effective at smothering Conwell’s offense and connecting with a variety of punches.
By the sixth round, Conwell swung momentum in his favor. Midway through the sixth round, he landed a right cross flush to the chin that momentarily shook Abreu. To his credit, Abreu threw punches back after regaining his composure.
Abreu was having a decent seventh round, but a left hook to the body from Conwell stopped him in his tracks. Abreu winced after the punch landed, and Conwell followed up with a right to the head. Before Conwell could throw more, the bell sounded to end the round.
Despite Abreu connecting, Conwell was the more-effective fighter during the last couple of rounds.
Conwell got rounds in, having stopped six of his previous seven opponents. Conwell thought he could’ve done better against Abreu.
“He’s a tough competitor,” said Conwell after the fight. “I don’t know about two of the judges’ scorecards. I thought I won at least eight of the rounds. I hurt him a couple of times during the fight.
“I give myself a C+. I’m looking to fight some of the ex-world champions. Someone like Danny Garcia.”
Abreu, who resides in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, drops to 25-7-1, 23 KOs. He has won four of his previous five bouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]