The second act of McCumby’s career saw the 31-year-old super middleweight soundly outpoint Christopher Pearson over ten rounds. Scores were 97-93, 99-91 and 100-90 for McCubmby in their ProBox TV-aired co-feature Wednesday evening at Whitesands ProBox Events Center in Plant City, Florida. McCumby jumped out to an early lead as Pearson quickly went on the defensive. The unbeaten Phoenix native pinned down Pearson against the ropes and threw uppercuts and right hands. Pearson managed to slip most of the incoming but it didn’t discourage McCumby’s desire to come forward and take the lead.
Pearson rallied in round three. A right hook to the temple briefly froze McCumby. Pearson taunted his foe before he let go with his left hand. McCumby immediately responded with power shots as Pearson was trapped in a corner. Time was called when the lights briefly went out early in round four. Action resumed but a clash of heads moments later left Pearson with a cut high atop his scalp. McCumby smothered his wounded opponent in his best effort to bank rounds in the event the fight went to the scorecards early due to the cut. Pearson did his best to set traps but McCumby never bit. In fact, he took advantage of Pearson’s lack of activity and dominated the second half of the fight. McCumby let his hands go in round nine. Pearson was in trouble on two separate occasions but managed to avoid the canvas. McCumby left him trapped on the ropes and threw right hands and left hooks. Pearson would offer just enough upper body movement to minimize the impact but did not offer anything in return. Pearson (17-4-1, 12KOs) badly needed a knockout to win but spent the tenth and final round simply moving from corner to corner. Blood streamed down his face as McCumby continued on the hunt. Pearson offered a right hook in the final 30 seconds before he was forced to cover up as McCumby (28-0, 21KOs) flurried until the bell to preserve his perfect record.
The bout was part of a streamed quadrupleheader, headlined by the Angelo Leo-Mike Plania featherweight bout. Jake Donovan is a senior writer for themusicboxingmachine.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox