Abass Baraou retains European super-welterweight title against stubborn challenger Macauley McGowan

THE RESULT: Abass Baraou successfully defended his European super-welterweight title against Macauley McGowan with a unanimous decision verdict (117-111, 119-110, 118-110) after 12 rounds.

KEY MOMENTS: Baraou’s body shots troubled McGowan throughout the fight. Despite McGowan’s relentless pursuit, Baraou’s skills stood out. In the sixth round, McGowan faced a tough beating but showed incredible fitness and heart. In the eighth round, McGowan fought back with left hooks, but Baraou’s footwork and accuracy dominated the later rounds.

RECORDS: Baraou now holds a record of 16-1 (9 KOs) while McGowan’s record stands at 20-5-2 (5 KOs).

TALKING POINTS: McGowan’s resilience was remarkable, proving his critics wrong by lasting the 12 rounds against Baraou’s body shots.

QUOTABLE: “I’m happy to have defended my title and I’m focused on the future,” Baraou commented post-fight. Speaking about McGowan, he added, “He was a good opponent and much respect to him.”

Looking towards the future, Baraou expressed his interest in world titles and staying active in the ring.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: If Baraou doesn’t secure a top opponent, Oscar Diaz could be his next European title defense. McGowan will continue to fight on, aiming for wins and good paydays.

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