All three judges saw it in Cauthen's favor.
Former Olympic Bronze Medalist Scores Unanimous Decision Victory
Trenton native Terrance Cauthen (36-7, 9 KOs) was looking to secure his third win of the past year in the township of neighboring Hamilton, New Jersey, facing Philip McCants (8-2-1, 3 KOs) at the Hamilton Manor on Saturday night. While the pace of the action was rather contained over its six rounds of competition, the 1996 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist was able to do enough to take a unanimous decision victory over his welterweight counterpart.
This bout actually started with an upbeat tempo before the two fighters began to pull the exchanges into a close range affair. The clinch came early and often in the opening frame, and that would turn out to be the overall story of the fight. Cauthen tried to use his jab when able, but the southpaw continued to find himself tangled up with his opposition. When the clinch was broken, he would immediately pounce with a quick jab to the body, but the battle tended to find itself right back in the same situation.
The lone knockdown of the main event occurred very early in the third round, and it was scored to Cauthen. The local favorite peppered his opponent with a furious combination and eventually dropped him after delivering a sharp left cross. However, McCants did quickly pop back to his feet, only to see Cauthen immediately explode on him as he tried to gather his wits while bouncing on the ropes. The remainder of the frame continued at a similar pace, but no more knockdowns occurred.
When the fourth round began, it was pretty evident that McCants was going to have a pretty tough time capturing the points he had likely lost in the previous frames. His right eye was nearly closed, and he was having significant difficulty with his vision. He continued to paw at his eye through the final three rounds, and Cauthen tried to capitalize by zeroing in on the damage. For the most part, McCants protected his eye fairly well, and the theme from the opening rounds soon returned. While more punches were thrown in those waning frames, the clinch was the most utilized maneuver by both fighters.
When the six rounds were evenutally in the books, the result of the feature was left in the hands and eyes of the ringside judges. Not surprisingly, Cauthen scored the unanimous decision win when all three decision makers felt he did enough to be the victor. The tallies on the scorecards read 59-53, 59-52 and 58-53, all in favor of the former U.S. Olympian.
Yehudy Fracas (1-0) def. Jesse Crawford (0-1) by Maj. Decision
Marcus Smith (1-3) def. Bernard Porter (0-1) by TKO (2nd; 0:52)
Alando Swain (2-1) def. David Navero (0-1) by TKO (1st; 1:44)
Tyabb Beale (3-3) def. Mark Ford (2-2) by Unanimous Decision
Derrick Webster (6-0) def. William Chouloute (1-2) by Un. Decision
Charles Hayward (6-2) def. Jason Burrell (2-6-3) by TKO (End 3rd)