Las Vegas T-Mobile Undercard Results
By William Trillo @ Ringside
Super Lightweights Montana Love (18-0-1, 9 KO’s) and Gabriel
Gollaz Valenzuela (25-3-1, 15 KO’s) were the Main Event on
this hot Las Vegas fight night card. The bout started
intense as Valenzuela was dropped late in round one. Not to
be outdone he returned the favor in the next round when he
sent Love to the canvas in the next round. But that was
going to be it as the fight became a chess match, a boring
chess match. The fact is the fight became so dull that the
crowd was booing more than they were cheering. The action
the fans wanted to see was not taking place. The fight would
go on like this for the entire twelve rounds. The crowd
would show its disapproval one more time when the scores
were read. It was a unanimous decision as all cards read
114-112 across the board for Love. Apparently, the fans in
attendance did not agree. For his efforts Love took home the
Vacant IBF North American Super Lightweight Title.
Welterweight Shakhram Giyasov (13-0, 9 KO’s) dropped
Christian Gomez (22-3-1, 20 KO’s) three times in this bout
that had the Vacant IBF North American Welterweight Title up
for grabs. Gomez took an up close and personal look at the
mat in rounds four, seven and ten. Giyasov who got the win
may have been exposed for having a less that tough set of
whiskers as he was rocked a number of times, most notably in
round seven when his knees buckled, and he Chicken Danced
after getting clipped pretty good. That being said it was a
unanimous decision for Giyasov who took all score cards
99-88, 99-88 and 98-89 respectively.
Be careful what you ask for when you challenge Flyweight
Joselito Velazquez (15-0-1, 10 KO’s). Case in point, Jose
Soto (15-2, 6 KO’s). When Soto stepped back and put his arms
out to taunt Velazquez to fight, the last thing he expected
was to be on the receiving end of a wicked left hook. But no
sooner than he haphazardly provoked Joselito, that is
exactly what he got. Soto rose to his feet before the count
of eight but was in no condition to continue. Wisely the ref
stopped the fight at the 1:06 mark of the sixth awarding
Velazquez the TKO victory.
Heavyweight Zhilei Zhang (24-0-1, 19 KO’s) threw one left
hand straight down the pipe and that was all he needed to
end the night for Scott Alexander (16-5-2, 8 KO’s). This one
was over via KO at the 1:54 mark of the first round.
Middleweight Alexis Espino (9-0-2, 6 KO’s) ran into a
locomotive running downhill in Aaron Silva (10-0, 7 KO’s).
With reckless abandon Silva plowed into Espino with a
relentless onslaught until the ref saw enough and brought
the proceedings to a grinding halt. Credit Silva with a TKO
at the 1:17 mark of round 4.
Lightweights Marc Castro (7-0, 5 KO’s) and Pedro Vicente
Scharbaai (7-5-1, 2 KO’s) took to the ring in a somewhat
Ho-Hum six round scrap. Neither fighter looked sharp, but it
was Castro who came out on top by unanimous decision with
scores that read 60-54 across the board.
Super Featherweight Elnur Abduraimov (9-0, 8 KO’s) kept his
record unblemished while he handed Manuel Correa (11-1, 7
KO’s) his first defeat. Correa kissed the canvas three times
in round two forcing the ref to bring the bout to a halt at
the 2:43 mark giving Abduraimov the TKO victory.
In the opening bout of the day Super Lightweight Fernando
Angel Molina (8-0, 3 KO’s) took a hard fought split decision
over Ricardo Valdovinos (8-12, 5 KO’s) in a six round
affair. Final scores read 57-56, 58-56 and 56-57.