Miami resident Rances Barthelemy moved closer to a world title boxing fight but at a very physical toll.
Barthelemy won a hard-fought unanimous decision against Canada’s Arash Usmanee in the main event of Friday night’s show at Magic City Casino despite taking a late flurry of combinations to the head in the final round.
Usmanee’s final round assault was not enough to convince judges Ric Bays, Rich Green and Valerie Dorsett, who scored the fight 115-113, 116-112, 116-112, respectively.
The victory earned Barthelemy the No. 2 junior-lightweight ranking by the International Boxing Federation.
In another bout late Friday, Jonathan Gonzalez, a member of Puerto Rico’s 2008 Olympic team, won a majority decision over Philadelphia’s Derek Ennis in their junior-middleweight fight.
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Canada remains atop the leader board with a three-day total of 19-over-par 883 following Saturday’s third round of the 2013 Copa de las Americas, being conducted on the par-72 TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral Golf Resort & Spa Miami.
The USA Team made the largest move on Saturday, sparked by under-par performances from World No. 1 Chris Williams (70) and Erynne Lee (71). The USA, which started the round in fifth, jumped into a tie for second with Mexico at 24-over 888. First-round leader Argentina is fourth at 30-over 894, followed by Colombia at 32-over 896.
Canada and Mexico lead the men’s championship at even-par 432, with Colombia two strokes behind. The USA moved to the head of the pack in the women’s championship at 17-over 449 and holds a two-stroke lead over Canada.
• Nova Southeastern 79, Eckerd 74: Iran Hollis had 21 points and five rebounds, and Brain Cahill tied a career-high with 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the visiting Nova Southeastern men’s basketball team to a win over Eckerd in St. Petersburg.
• Florida Southern 47, Barry 44: Melanie Ducott’s three-point shot with 20 seconds remaining gave Florida Southern a win at home against Barry.
The Buccaneers (7-3, 0-2 SSC) held the lead the entire game until the 1:41 mark in the second half but could not get a field goal to fall in the final 4:06.
Colette Eule scored 13 points while Tyler Hardy finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Buccaneers, who shot 30.8 percent from the field and 1 for 12 from three-point range.
• Nova Southeastern 84, Eckerd 58: Danielle Robinson had 20 points and six rebounds, and Tailor Jones had 17 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead the visiting Nova Southeastern women’s basketball team to a rout of Eckerd.