West Philadelphia's Yusaf Mack used a flurry of uppercuts while mixing in a few right hooks to score a unanimous decision over Omar Sheika and capture the vacant USBA light-heavyweight title at Atlantic City's Resorts Hotel Casino on Friday.
Mack dominated the later rounds, roping his opponent in as he connected with close-range head shots.
In the 12th and final round, Mack avoided Sheika's body shot in the center of the ring and connected with a left hook that sent Sheika to the mat. Sheika answered the count at three and was promptly sent into the lower ropes. He quickly regained himself as the round expired.
In his last time out, Mack (20-4-2, 17 KOs) lost a shot at the IBF light-heavyweight title as he lost to Tavoris Cloud by a technical knockout in June. Friday's win should help the 32-year-old's pursuit of another world-title shot.
- Matt Breen