Jessica McCaskill stops the game but play-dominated Kandi Wyatt in seven, keeps 147 pounds unchallenged. championship

Jessica McCaskill celebrates her victory over Kandi Wyatt in their fight on December 4, 2021 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Photo by Ed Mulholland / Matchroom

After the end of a long training camp with her original opponent unable to obtain a travel visa, Jessica McCaskill refused to fight to the level of her opposition.

McCaskill overwhelmed Kandi Wyatt of Calgary, brutalizing his late substitute opponent in a seventh-round TKO to defend his undisputed welterweight crown for the second time. The victory also marked his first defense of The Ring Magazine’s 147-pound world championship.

Wyatt, who had lost his previous two fights and accepted an offer to face McCaskill on barely a week’s notice, was outplayed from the start before referee Celestino Ruiz stopped the fight with 19 seconds left on the ticket to the seventh round of their fight broadcast by DAZN. Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The bout took place on the 12-round main event undercard featuring undefeated Devin Haney defending his WBC welterweight title for the fourth time against former 130-pound title holder Jo Jo Diaz.

McCaskill of Chicago (11-2, 4 KOs), who earned her sixth straight victory following a unanimous loss to current undisputed lightweight world champion and Ring Magazine Katie Taylor in December 2017, was originally listed to face former 135-pound titlist Victoria Bustos.

Jessica McCaskill hits Kandi Wyatt with an uppercut en route to defend her undisputed welterweight championship. Photo by Ed Mulholland / Matchroom

McCaskill, 37, a former junior welterweight champion, crushed Wyatt from the start with a series of heavy right hands that smacked her head back.

In round three, it was pretty much the same as McCaskill rocked her again with an overhand right hook and left hook.

According to Compubox, McCaskill landed 198 of 468 shots (42%) and Wyatt landed 70 of 252 shots (28%).

“I said [to Wyatt], ‘You are hard as balls.’ She kept coming up with good shots too. It was not like some kind of “just charge you”. She was throwing punches, just like I said she would, ”she said after the fight.

McCaskill started the fifth round with a plethora of body punches. Wyatt managed to resist the attack but offered nothing on the attack. The assault continued into the sixth round as McCaskill crippled Wyatt with a sharp right uppercut.

A series of one-two combinations in the seventh frame resulted in Ruiz stepping in to stop the fight and protect Wyatt (10-4, 3 KOs) for his own good.

“I feel comfortable regardless of the weight,” said McCaskill. ” We talked about [moving down to] 135; we talked about the possibility of going to 154; everything is in training; it’s all about nutrients, strength, and conditioning.

In other undercard details, heavyweight Filip Hrgovic (14-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated with a three-round loss to Emir Ahmatovic (10-1, 7 KOs). Marc “Tesla” Castro (5-0, 5 KOs) destroyed a match, but outscored Ronaldo Solis (4-3-1, 3 KOs), defeating his opponent twice before scoring a TKO in the second round.

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