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Gabriel Flores Jr. makes a statement in Fresno, plus undercard results

Gabriel Flores Jr. (16-0 6KOs) continues to impress with a victory over Aelio Mesquita (19-4 17KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder as the notable bout of the evening pulling in most of the ticket sales from the Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.

Flores Jr controlled the action with fast hands, in particular, a blazing fast jab that kept Mesquita off-balance. At the end of the fourth round, Flores Jr. hurt Mesquita with a left hook. With a loud section of cheering fans, Flores showed off many aspects of his game in front of a building he sold the majority of tickets at.

The scores were 80-72 and all three cards.

2016 middleweight Olympian Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0 4Kos), managed by Egis Klimas and trained by Buddy McGirt, defeated Albert Onolunose (24-2-1 8KOs) via a ten-round decision. Alimkhanuly is an awkward boxer who dawns the nickname “Qazaq Style” along with entering to a song of the same title. The pressure of Alimkhanuly came to a head as he dropped Onolunose in the sixth round, only to stop him second later.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (1-1 1KO) won his first professional bout after losing his pro debut, defeating Fernando Ibarra De Anda (2-2) of Fairfield, Ca by way of a six-round knockout. Ramirez controlled the whole bout start to finish pushing his opponent back and showing off his pedigree. Ramirez hurt Ibarra De Anda in the fifth round to the body and finished him off in the sixth and final round with a well-executed body shot.

Ismael Salas was the lead trainer in Ramirez’s corner, which I don’t remember being the case for his last bout.

2016 Olympic silver medalist in the middleweight division, Esquiva Falcao (25-0 17KOs), who is now trained by Robert Garcia in Riverside, California, defeated Manny Woods (16-9-1 6KOs) via third-round knockout. Falcao had his best performance I had seen as a professional chopping Woods down to the body as Falcao surgically walked Woods down. The bout was one-sided as Falcao pushed Woods back the whole fight. The bout was stopped in the third round by Woods’ corner, Tony Morgan, during an exchange of punches Falcao threw that end up knocking Woods’ down. 

Amir Imam (22-2 19KOs), made his Top Rank Inc debut at 143 lbs catchweight defeating game veteran Marcos Mojica (16-5-2 12KOs). Imam set the tone in the first round using good distance and effective jab. Mojica attempted to put pressure on Imam, but Imam stayed composed landing a right uppercut often on Mojica who leads with his head. Imam dropped Mojica with a left hook to the body after the eight-count was issued, Imam stopped Mojica with his trademark right hand to the noggin with the bout being stopped in the fourth round.

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Lukie Ketelle

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