By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Super lightweight Montana Love (18-0-1, 9 KOs) won a close unanimous decision over Gabriel Gollaz (25-3-1, 15 KOs) in the Canelo-Bivol co-feature on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Love dropped Gollaz in round one. Gollaz returned the favor in round two. Scores were 114-112 3x.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Shakhram Giyasov (13-0, 9 KOs) from Uzbekistan won a hard-fought unanimous decision over a tough Cristian Gomez (22-3-1, 20 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Slow-paced feel-out round in the first as Giyasov and Gomez settled in. A crisp left hook by Giyasov in the fourth sat Gomez down as the Uzbeki scored the first knockdown of the fight. Giyasov boxed and landed the power punches as bout reached the halfway point.
Gomez was down once again in the seventh as Giyasov was in control. However, Gomez staggered Giyasov in the closing seconds of the round. The Mexican continued to show his will, pressing as Giyasov boxed away and kept his distance. Displaying his superior skill, Giyasov fought conservatively on his feet pumping the jab and tallying points as Gomez stalked. Down for a third time, Gomez hit the canvas in the twelfth and final round as Giyasov worked his way to a well-deserved unanimous decision victory. The judges scored the fight 99-88, 99-88, and 98-89.
Fresno, California’s own lightweight prospect Marc Castro (7-0, 5 KOs) dominated Pedro Vicente (7-5-1, 2 KOs) of Puerto Rico in winning a six round unanimous decision. Castro picked his shots working patiently in the opening round, connecting solidly on Vicente. Castro boxed effectively and continued having his way with Vicente throughout the fight. It was all Castro as the punishment continued, working his way to a decision win. All three judges scored the bout 60-54.
Chinese IBF #13 heavyweight Zhilei Zhang (24-0-1, 19 KOs) disposed of late sub Scott Alexander (16-5-2, 8 KOs) in the first round. A straight left by Zhang knocked Alexander out cold as referee Robert Hoyle immediately waved off the bout after 1:54.
Mexican Olympian flyweight Joselito Velasquez (15-0-1, 10 KOs) stopped Marcos Sustaita (13-5-1, 11 KOs) in round six. Velasquez scored a knockdown and the referee stopped it 1:06 of the sixth.
Undefeated middleweight prospect Aaron Silva (10-0, 7 KOs) from Monterrey, Mexico stopped Alexis Espino (8-1, 5 KOs) of Las Vegas in round four. Fight was stopped after a barrage of unanswered punches at 1:17 of the fourth.
Lightweight Elnur Abduraimov (9-0, 8 KOs) of Uzbekistan scored a second round knockout over Cuba’s Manuel Correa (11-1, 8 KOs). Abduraimov dropped Correa multiple times as the referee stopped the fight at 2:43 of round two.
In the opening bout from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, super lightweight prospect Fernando Angel Molina (8-0, 3 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico edged out a split decision over a very game Ricardo Valdovinos (8-2, 5 KOs). Molina boxed well but Valdovinos gave him all he can handle in going the distance. It was a hard-fought battle as Valdovinos rallied in the final round dropping Molina. After six rounds, the judges scored the bout 58-56, 57-56 for Molina and 57-56 for Valdovinos.