Beltran decisions Kim in slugfest at Mirage
Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
When a bout starts with two knockdowns in the opening round, you know you're in for a treat. In the night's main event bout for the NABF lightweight title, Raymundo Beltran (27-6, 17 KOs) retained his title in a unanimous decision win over Ji-Hoon Kim (24-8, 18 KOs).
Kim came out aggressive in the opening round, dropping Beltran with a left hook early. Beltran responded in kind, evening up the score with a big left hook of his own that dropped Kim at the close of the first.
The brawl continued as if there had been no break in the second. A big low blow from Kim caused a brief halt to the action, but the pair continued to go at each other, throwing each punch like it'd be a fight ender. Beltran got the better of Kim at the close, blasting him with a series of left hooks as the bell sounded.
Beltran began a relentless body attack in the third, slowing Kim considerably. Following the close of the fourth, Kim sported a wide patch of red from the unchecked shots.
The champ never came close to putting Kim away, but sailed through the rest of the fight. The reckless Kim consistently charged forward and ate a jab or a hook for his defenseless fighting style.
The judges scored the contest 98-92, 98-92 and 97-94. - Anthony Springer Jr.
Magdaleno Dominates Arellano
Rising prospect Jesse Magdaleno (13-0, 9 KOs) continued his winning ways as he earned a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Arellano and became the NABO Youth Super Bantamweight champion. But it wasn't without seeing the amateur stud get his chin tested. Magdaleno's blazing speed and blistering combinations gave Arellano (13-2-1) problems all night.
An overhand right put Arellano down to a knee in the second but that's when the Californian decided to switch up his strategy. Rather than avoid contact, Arellano stepped into the tornado and found much success with his left hook as he rocked the unbeaten prospect in the 3rd round.
Magdaleno would shake it off but the left hook of Arellano continued to find a home in the midst of exchanges. But those left hooks were far and few in between as Magdaleno scored another knockdown in the 6th and cruised to a shutout with scores of 80-70 (twice) and 80-69.
"He caught me with a left hook (because) I got a little carried away," Magdaleno said to FightNews after his victory about the shot he caught in the 3rd round. "He surprised me but I knew what I had to do. I recovered and went right back to what I was supposed to do...I knew he could take some big shots and I was actually happy to go the distance for the experience." - Andreas Hale
Verdejo Victorious In Pro Debut
After representing Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, Felix Verdejo made his professional debut with a unanimous decision victory over Leonardo Chavez (1-1) in a four round super featherweight bout. Verdejo controlled the action from the opening bell and kept the pressure on Chavez throughout. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 (twice). - Andreas Hale
Osiobe hands Roman first Loss
Despite being dropped in the final round, Robert Osiobe (14-5-4, 6 KOs) handed Jesse Roman (14-1-1, 11 KOs) his first career loss by way of a razor thin split decision. The fighters went back and forth for the duration of the bout before Roman floored Osiobe with a right uppercut. The judges scored the contest 76-75, 74-77 and 76-75 for the Las Vegan. - Anthony Springer Jr.
Kahn-Clary routs Garza
In super featherweight swing bout action, Toka Kahn-Clary (3-0-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a one sided decision win over Jesus Garza (2-2-1) the judges saw it nearly identical with scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37. - Anthony Springer Jr.
Gutierrez Pleases Hometown Fans
Las Vegas' very own Jesus Gutierrez (7-0-0-1) didn't let the legions of fans that came to support him down when he earned a unanimous decision over Mike Maldonado (6-1) in six round lightweight action. Gutierrez outworked Maldonado throughout and was energized by the huge support group in the arena. Scores were 59-55 twice and 58-56. - Andreas Hale
Gradovich stops Villanueva
In the night's first bout, flyweight Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs) continued his winning ways with a one sided drubbing of Albuquerque's Willie Villaueva (10-5-1, 2 KOs) Gradovich scored a knockdown in the sixth frame and blitzed the New Mexico fighter with a flurry of blows in the seventh that forced a halt to the bout. Time of stoppage was 2:03. - Anthony Springer Jr