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Bengal Bouts: Semifinals 198 pounds

Sam Gans, Vicky Jacobsen, Kelsey Manning, Matthew DeFranks, and Joseph Monardo | Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Christopher “Stubs” Sarkis def. Daniel Hyzak

Sarkis was announced the winner after Hyzak scratched before the fight.

Daniel Yi def. Brian “Caesar” Salat

In the only semifinal of the 198-pound weight class (after Christopher Sarkis advanced without a fight), Salat, a sophomore from Zahm, began by connecting on a strong left jab to the Sorin freshman Yi’s face. Yi retaliated, however, by later landing a right hook to the side of Salat’s head. In the second round, both fighters — who shared an upright stance and style — exchanged a number of body shots before Yi took the upper hand. Yi linked together a powerful combination of left jabs and right hooks to end the round. Immediately after the bell rang in the third round, Yi began to aggressively throw punch after punch, landing a couple to Salat’s frame. A tired Salat rebounded to force Yi onto the ropes before unleashing a series of right hooks. In what was a very competitive and tight fight, Yi prevailed by split decision.