Amilcar Vidal Edges Immanuwel Aleem By Majority Decision
Talented middleweight Amilcar “Pety’ Vidal (13-0, 11 KO’s) has emerged victorious following his latest skirmish in the squared-circle. On the under-card of undisputed bout Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano, Vidal narrowly outpointed Immanuwel “The Chosen One” Aleem (18-3-2, 11 KO’s) by way of majority decision.
This is Pety’s fourth consecutive win but snaps his three fight knockout streak. The Aleem dust-up also marks the Uruguayan import’s third prizefight contested within the United States.
The WBA #14 ranked middleweight contender currently resides in Coachella, California and is promoted by fellow Uruguayan Sampson Lewkowicz. The crisp punching pugilist is certainly a serious soul. At the height of his amateur career, Pety was the victim of a hit and run. After being mangled by the truck, he was badly injured and temporarily confined to a wheelchair. Initially he was told he’d never box again. Unwilling to accept that grim reality, Vidal rebuilt his body, resumed competing and has gained his current favorable standings in sport. It will be interesting to see who Vidal targets next.
The loss is certainly a sour soggy sandwich for Aleem to eat. The native New Yorker entered the bout off a near two-year stint of inactivity. This makes back-to-back losses for the Chosen One, who hasn’t felt the thrill of victory since 2018. Ahead of the bout Aleem retained the services of the well-respected chief second Ronnie Shields. Clearly the high powered chief second was not enough to secure victory for Aleem.
PHONE BOOTH BOXING
The first three rounds were evenly paced and not terribly eventful. The busier Aleem continuously circled the ring while the taller, longer Vidal stalked behind his jab probing for defensive weaknesses. As the rounds passed, Pety began closing the distance and landing his straight right hand and body shots with increasing frequency. During the fourth, the Chosen One planted his feet and began working toe-to-toe.
Once Aleem became a more stationary target Vidal tore into his body like Rocky hammering hanging beef. Aleem certainly connected with his own eye-catching hooks and uppercuts but there was no question of who had the greater firepower. The phone booth theme was maintained for the next couple of rounds. In the sixth round a left hook to the body visibly shook Aleem, although he made it out the period.
A WAR TIL THE END
Following a quieter seventh, Aleem resumed his in-close war with Pety in the eighth round. In the action filled round, however, the Chosen One wobbled Vidal with a leaping left hook on two separate occasions.
The final two rounds were carbon copies of the periods that preceded them. The two fighters pressed their foreheads together and ripped punches near constantly. Despite the high volume of offense neither fighter went down or was seriously hurt. When the scorecards were read Amilcar Vidal prevailed by a tight majority decision.
By: Bakari Simpson