RESULTS FROM LAREDO, TX. TOP RANK CARD
By Christian Schmidt
The evening started off by Russian Dennis Shafikov(32-0-1) now fighting out of Los Angeles, CA keeping his undefeated record in tact by defeating Nicaraguan Santos Benavides(23-4-2). Shafikov controlled the action from the opening bell. The Russian sent Benavides down as a result of a body shot in round two, but the Nicaraguan beat the count. Shafikov continued to outclass his opponent until Benavides quit on his stool at the end of the sixth round.
After that, eighteen-year-old Mexican born Alex "El Cholo" Saucedo(10-0) now fighting out of Oklahoma, OK kept his perfect record by knocking out Ramon Pena(7-4) of Los Mochis, Mex. "El Cholo" sent his opponent down in the first with a stiff uppercut to the body. Pena recovered only to an onslaught of more punches that prompted referee Gregario Alvarez to call off the bout at 1:00 minute of the first round.
The third fight consisted of Ivan Najera(12-0) of San Antonio, TX pounding out a hard fought unanimous decision against a game Roger Rosa(4-4-1) of Oviedo, FL. In the first round, Najera sent Rosa down with a hard left hook to the jaw. The second round had very exciting exchanges as neither fighter took a step back. The action continued in the third and fourth as both fighters scored with hard hooks to both the head and the body. Both fighters were understandably fatigued as neither could put the other one away in the final round. The judges awarded Najera with a unanimous decision with scores of 59-54, 58-55, 58-55.
Undefeated Tremaine Williams(8-0) of New Haven, CT took on Raymond Chacon(4-6) in a lackluster fight that was called off by referee John Schorle at :51 of the third round due to an accidental head-butt. The fight was ruled a no-contest.
Olympian Jose Ramirez(5-0) of Avenal, CA looked very impressive with his first round destruction over Mike Maldonado(6-2) of Altus, OK. It was the first punch of the fight that sent Maldonado down as a result of a straight right from Ramirez. Maldonado reached his feet only to be sent back to the canvas off a stiff body shot, which he once again beat the count. At 1:07 of the first round referee Gregario Alvarez had seen enough after Ramirez landed a stiff right uppercut to the body.
Danny Valdivia(1-0) of Bakersfield, CA made his pro debut a successful one against Jamaris Chaney(1-2) of Temple, TX. Valdivia used his height to his advantage as he controlled the pace in the opening round. In the second, Valdivia scored with a straight right to his opponent's head sending him to the canvas. Once Chaney beat the count, that same straight right sent him right back to the canvas. Chaney once again beat the count, but after a series of straight rights to the temple of Chaney, referee Gregario Alvarez halted the bout at 2:51.
The main event featured four-time world champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz(37-4) of Houston, TX taking on Brazilian Adailton DeJesus(30-8). From the opening bell of the first round, Diaz swarmed his opponent with his feet planted looking to land the knock out shot. DeJesus found himself backtracking as Diaz came forward in classic Baby Bull fashion. In the second, Diaz continued with a relentless attack to both the head and the body. In the third round, Diaz scored big with a solid left hook to the Brazilian's temple. DeJesus was game, but could not really respond to the pressure from the Texan. The fourth and fifth rounds continued to be more of the same thing. Diaz just kept coming forward, DeJesus simply could not handle the pressure and therefore his corner very mercifully threw in the towel, and referee John Schorle stopped the contest at 1:51 of the fifth round
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