Albert Bell dominates William Encarnacion in a foul-infested brawl

On Saturday night, in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, junior lightweight contender Albert Bell won a one-sided decision over William Encarnacion after ten rounds. Bell improved to 23-0, while Encarnacion falls to 20-5, with a significant height and reach advantage over Encarnacion.

During the fifth round, Encarnacion was deducted a point for intentionally butting Bell with his head as both were in a clinch. He was again deducted a point in round eight for doing the same thing. Bell won all ten rounds, and all three judges scored the bout 100-87.

Bell has won his last four bouts since his amicable release from Top Rank. However, it remains to be seen if the best at 130 pounds are willing to fight him. There had been preliminary discussions between Bell and the likes of Chris Colbert and Archie Sharp, including discussions on social media. Sharp is the mandatory challenger to face WBO world junior lightweight challenger Emanuel Navarrete.

Bell said, “I’m the best junior lightweight in the world, and everyone knows it. That’s why they have avoided me so far. I’m (currently) No. 3 in the WBO (rankings). The walls are closing in on those guys. All of the champs, (newly-crowned IBF titleholder) Joe Cordina, Navarrete, and (WBC titleholder) O’Shaquie Foster will all have to see me soon.”

Raynell Williams of nearby Cleveland also won his fight on the same night.

Overall, Bell was impressive, and his performance has taunted other fighters to take him on. It would be interesting to see how he fares against the big names in the division.

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