Ghana’s Duke Micah (24-0, 19 KOs) defeated Janiel Rivera (18-4-3, 11 KOs) by an eight-round unanimous decision in a fun, crowd-pleasing bout, yesterday, during which both men hit the canvas.
The official scores at ringside were 79-72, 77-74 and 78-73.
Micah, a 2012 Ghanaian Olympian, scored the first knockdown of the bout in second round sending Rivera down with a sharp left hook.
Rivera recovered well enough to come back and drop Micah in the next round. Micah tried to feint unsuccessfully and Rivera timed him well and tagged Micah with a right cross.
Micah smiled and got back up with ease. Moments later, Micah unloaded a three-punch combination to drop the Puerto Rican Rivera.
Rivera took a few moments to compose himself before reaching his feet.
Micah did not allow himself to become careless again and controlled the distance of the bout with his jab and footwork.
Rivera attempted to press the action in the sixth round, but Micah made him pay with another sharp combination punctuated by a left hook.
This is Micah’s second bout of 2019 after signing with PBC which ended a 14-month layoff.
Micah, who hails from the same neighborhood as Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Joshua Clottey, defeated Luis Roy Suarez Cruz this past August in Minnesota. Micah lost to Michael in Conlan in the second round of the 2012 London Games.
Duke Micah is a stable mate of the IBF King of Lightweights, Richard Commey, who puts his crown at stake in a showdown with Teofimo Lopez, this Saturday.