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Delante “Tiger” Johnson Clinches Unanimous Victory Against Tarik Zaina In Action-Packed Showdown At The Theater, Madison Square Garden

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New York, NY—-In an enthralling matchup at The Theater, Madison Square Garden, Delante “Tiger” Johnson triumphed over Tarik Zaina via unanimous decision on Saturday night, showcasing his prowess in the junior welterweight division. Johnson, boasting an impressive record of 13-0 with 6 KOs, utilized his defensive skills to complement his offensive strategy, effectively neutralizing Zaina’s typically elusive style and seizing control of the bout in the early rounds.

Despite Zaina’s persistent forward pressure, Johnson capitalized on openings with precision, landing significant shots throughout the contest. The 2020 U.S. Olympian demonstrated his versatility, alternating between defensive maneuvers and calculated offensive flurries to maintain a strategic advantage. However, Zaina, with a record of 13-2-1 and 8 KOs, capitalized on moments of Johnson’s eagerness to land big punches, showcasing his own speed and resilience.

In the third round, after a closely contested second round, Johnson’s coach, Prenice Brewer, urged him to increase his activity and impose his will on the fight, seeking a standout performance in the competitive division. Responding to his corner’s guidance, Johnson unleashed a powerful overhand right that momentarily rocked Zaina, demonstrating his ability to shift momentum in his favor.

Throughout the bout, Johnson displayed consistent pacing, maintaining control even as Zaina attempted to disrupt his timing with awkward swings. Despite dominating the majority of the rounds, Johnson remained focused until the final bell, showcasing an improved performance in the closing moments with a flurry of combinations.

The judges’ scorecards reflected Johnson’s dominance, with scores of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 in his favor, securing his seventh eight-round fight victory. Looking ahead, Johnson aims to elevate his competition by pursuing a 10-round fight in the near future, signaling his ambition to ascend to the pinnacle of the sport.

For Zaina, the defeat marks his second consecutive loss following a previous defeat to Rohan Polanco in March. With both fighters under the Top Rank banner, a potential rematch between Johnson and Polanco looms as an intriguing possibility, further adding to the anticipation surrounding Johnson’s promising career trajectory.