What to know from this past weekend’s boxing action.
The Bubble, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
In Saturday’s main event at the MGM in Las Vegas, Jose Pedraza took a ten round decision over Javier Molina. Read Tre Berry’s report here.
Ramirez collects fourth win in 2020
The professional progression continued for 🥇🥇🇨🇺Robeisy Ramirez (5-1-0, 3KO) Saturday night. Cuba’s two time Olympic gold medalist cruised past Puerto Rican veteran fighter 🇵🇷Felix Cabarallo (13-3-2, 9KO) in an eight round unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 79-73).
The first half of the fight looked as if Ramirez would be content in outboxing Cabarallo with the jab and throwing his left hand out for good measure, which won him the rounds but did not deter Cabarallo’s aggression and resulted in head to head (literally), standoffs with the southpaw Ramirez to get his shots in.
Ramirez turned the heat up in the fifth round, delivering sharp combinations that rocked Cabarallo towards the end of the round. Ramirez didn’t continue dishing out the punishment in the rounds that followed and a clearly defeated Cabarallo made it to the final bell.
The win gives Ramirez his fifth win in a row and his fourth win in 2020. We will probably see him at least once more before the close of the year. As for Cabarallo he has now dropped his last two fights, albeit to highly touted Olympic medalists. In June he lost to Shakur Stevenson (2016 Silver medalist) by sixth round knockout.
Ajagba notches win in Top Rank debut
There is still plenty of work to do in the development of Efe Ajagba. But the debut under the Top Rank banner resulted in a victory for the Nigerian Heavyweight, that’s most important.
Under the watchful eye of new trainer Kay Koroma, 🇳🇬Ajagba (14-0-0, 11KO) took the decision over 🇺🇸Jonnie Rice (13-6-1, 9KO) in ten rounds (99-91, 99-91, 98-92).
The fight delivered little in the way of excitement outside of a right hand in the third round that sent Rice reeling backwards but didnt put him down. To his credit Rice navigated his way around the heavy handed Ajagba and found a home for his own right hand during the course of the fight, but never had Ajagba in any real danger. After a while it was clear Rice didnt envision himself winning the fight, and was content to leave with the pride of surviving all ten rounds.
Young talent shines on undercard
Saturday’s card also held the debut for two 17 year old Welterweights 🇺🇸Kasir “Mazzi” Goldston of Albany, New York, and 🇺🇸Jahi Tucker of Queens, New York.
Goldston displayed impressive speed as the southpaw easily handled 30 year old 🇺🇸Isaiah Varnell of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Goldston picked up the four round unanimous decision (40-36, 39-37, 39-37).
Tucker went a much different route in his fight with 22 year old 🇺🇸DeAndre “The Protege” Anderson. Anderson who was at a five inch height disadvantage, standing 5’6″ to Tucker’s 5’11” went right in winging shots to his peril. Tucker easily came out ahead in all exchanges
save for one in which Anderson landed a clean right hand.
By the latter stages of the first round Anderson carried a stunned, wide eyed look that told referee Robert Hoyle know that his night was done. Hoyle had called out to Anderson to show him something, and while the Birmingham, Alabama native did throw shots in return, Hoyle was concerned enough to wave the action off with just four seconds remaining in the round.
Job well done in both debuts as Goldston starts off 1-0-0, 0KO, and Tucker picks up that much sought after debut knockout and begins his pro career 1-0-0, 1KO.
Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Ennis batters Abreu over six rounds
🇺🇸Jaron “Boots” Ennis (26-0-0, 24KO) has been a talent that boxing fans have wanted to see get his shot at the top dogs and fight for a world title over the last year and a half. Once again, the rising Welterweight from “The City of Brotherly Love” proved his time to shine is long overdue as he pummeled 🇩🇴Juan Carlos Abreu (23-6-1, 21KO) from the opening bell, leading to a sixth round stoppage.
From the opening bell Ennis, 23, took the fight right to Abreu, controlling the range with his footwork and jab while overwhelming the 33 year old vet from the Dominican Republic with his stinging combinations. Abreu, who came in over three pounds past the 147 pound limit, looked slow, flustered and outgunned against the rising Welterweight.
In the fifth round Abreu’s frustrations peaked as he evened the score of a low blow he had taken earlier in the round, but this only resulted in Ennis turning up the heat and dropping Abreu with a vicious uppercut near the end of the round. Ennis would drop Abreu twice more in the sixth round before the referee brought the fight to a halt.
Hopefully we will see Ennis get his crack at a title in 2021, he is ready for the best in the Welterweight division. Frankly he is currently rated too low by the alphabet commissions (WBC #15, IBF #12, WBO #11, unranked by WBA).
Lubin earns shot at 154 titles
🇺🇸Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (23-1-0, 16KO) is in the driver seat to face the winner of the fight between WBC Super-Welterweight Champion Jermell Charlo and WBA/IBF Champion Jeison Rosario. The 24 year old southpaw earned his shot after beating 🇺🇸Terrell Gausha (21-2-1, 10KO) by unanimous decision (115-113, 116-112, 118-110) in a lackluster bout.
Should Charlo beat Rosario, it will give us a rematch of the 2017 title fight between him and Lubin, which is Lubin’s only loss as a professional. Lubin lost that bout by devastating first round knockout.
The return of King Tug
Also on Saturday’s card, Mongolian Featherweight contender 🥈🇲🇳Tugstsogt “King Tug” Nyambayar (12-1-0, 9KO) defeated 🇧🇧Cobia Breedy (15-1-0, 5KO) of Barbados by split decision in a WBC Title eliminator (114-112, 114-113, 111-115). Breedy was put down in the first and second round of the fight. This was Nyambayar’s return fight after dropping a unanimous decision to Gary Russell Jr in February.