ONTARIO, Calif. – Massive favorite Tyrone Spong (2-0) didn't get the highlight-reel finish many expected over Angel DeAnda (11-3), but he did put on a striking clinic en route to a clearcut unanimous-decision win.
The fight served as the main event of Saturday's World Series of Fighting 4 event, which took place at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., and aired on NBS Sports Network.
Spong took the center to open the fight and patiently stalked as DeAnda looked to fire in a haymaker from range. Spong slipped on an early kick but quickly recovered, though DeAnda was able to sneak in a few right hands while moving side to side. Spong chopped the legs a bit as the round wore on, and he found his range with a lead left. DeAnda didn't appear intimidated, and he looked to fire back in the exchanges.
Spong continued to attack the lead leg in the later stages of the round. The scrappy DeAnda moved forward, but the blows took their roll on him in the final minute. As he started to wobble a bit, Spong settled into a rhythm.
DeAnda's movement was impaired to open the second, and Spong picked up the volume. A few more punches and knees came as Spong walked forward. To his credit, DeAnda refused to back down, and he rifled back punches when he could. DeAnda briefly thought takedown, but he didn't have the strength to bring it down. The action was largely one-sided, but DeAnda took some of Spong's best shots and scored several of his own in the final minute.
Spong continued to blast the leg in the final frame, and DeAnda buckled at the strength of his blows. Still, he refused to quit, sometimes launching punches as he staggered forward. Spong never let off the gas, but DeAnda simply proved himself an incredibly durable competitor. At the final bell, Spong was awarded a clear-cut decision win, 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.