Shakur Stevenson vs. Joet Gonzalez Undercard Results from Reno, Nevada
WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion, Albert Bell picked up an eight-round decision over Frank De Alba from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Bell boxed a slick and smart fight that the fans somewhat unfairly booed since it was techincal and tactical. The fans noticeably showed displeasure during this bout, which I found to be unfair. The judges saw it 80-72 on all three scorecards.
Lightweight Mike Sanchez defeated Diego Elizondo on Elizondo’s birthday, en route to a four-round decision. Elizondo’s hand speed was the difference early as he just was able to land two punches for everyone that Sanchez was able to land, but Sanchez pressed the action. Sanchez dropped Elizondo who was jumping in out in the third round to make the fight exciting and making the final round the one that decided the bout. The judges saw it 38-37, 38-37 and 39-36 for Sanchez.
Super featherweight Francisco Esparza saw an early-round knockdown be the difference in the bout between himself and Matt Conway. Esparza dropped Conway in the very first round with a well-timed left hook beating Conway to the same punch. The two exchanged in close quarters for all eight rounds, Esparza who threw mostly power punches fatigued noticeably in the latter half of the fight. Scores were 77-75 Conway, 76-75 Esparza and 76-75 Esparza.
16-year-old professional prizefighter and enrolled high-school student Xander Zayas picked up his first win as a professional stopping Genesis Wynn in the first round. Zayas dropped Wynn with a jab followed by a straight right hand and followed it up with a straight right hand to the body seconds later to win make a statement in his pro debut. Time was 1:24.
Former Univerity of Nevada-Reno stand-out boxer, welterweight J.J. Mariano picked up a four-round decision win over Sean Cerveny. The bout was close, in the second round Mariano cut open Cerveny over his left eye. Mariano landed the better punches, but Cerveny applied constant pressure and kept the young fighter off-balance. A very close bout. Judges saw it 40-36 on all three cards.
San Jose, Ca’s super featherweight Andy Vences bounced back from his first career loss beating a game Mark Bernaldez via an eight-round decision. Vences was cut in the middle rounds, unsure if it was a punch or head clash. The bout saw Vences outbox Bernaldez for four rounds, but to see Bernaldez’s aggressor make the fight closer in the later stages, but with Vences in control for nearly every round. The judges had it 79-73 on all three cards.
Former featherweight world challenger Jason Sanchez defeated Adeilson Dos Santos via a four-round knockout. Sanchez was the aggressor dictating the action from start to finish, setting up the finish with a body shot that dropped Dos Santos who barely beat the count, only to be dropped again to the body, which he was unable to get up from. This was Sanchez’s first bout after losing a unanimous decision to former WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez at this same venue, earlier this year. The time was 2:59.
Heavyweight Jared Anderson made an impressive pro debut stopping Daniel Infante in less than a minute. Anderson was the #1 ranked fighter at 201 lbs in the United States before turning professional. Look for Anderson to return soon, impressive outing.