Canelo-Bivol undercard results

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.

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  • Velasquez looked really good and he’s 28 so it’s time to make his move in that division. His opponent was Jose Soto from Colombia – a decent fighter, but wide punches and not as skilled as Velasquez.

  • Oh oh…maybe I should keep a sharper eye on Zhang during his increase in competition.

  • Gollaz vs Love should have been stopped after the 5th round and sending both home with no pay

  • Amazing on top of your subscription fee you have to pay for this……horrible undercard

  • They really need to move these along faster the same promos over and over the main event starts what near midnight

  • Gollaz/Love could have easily been a draw for inactivity.

    However, Gollaz presented a difficult style because he is huge, tall, has long arms and pop. Gollaz was just missing fight ending uppercuts, but Love was able to avoid it or minimize those uppercut impacts. Tough fight for Love because of Gollaz’s style and physical dimensions.

    Love is clearly a solid fighter, but he better start keeping his chin tucked and hands up (on defense) or else he will visit the canvas more times. Of course, Love also better increase his activity or else he will find himself on the losing end of an aggressive fighter, who applies pressure and a high punch output.

  • Why no national anthem for Bivol? Russia isn’t at war with America. That isn’t right. Total bullshit!

  • setting Canola up. The entire broadcast has Been Canola. Unbelievable. Very odd. Never seen this before.

  • This fight has the makings of Rocky 4. The Russian is wildly disliked by a Pro US/Mexico crowd. Will he win them over by pulling off the underdog win???

  • I can already tell it’s going to be a LONG night for Canelo and he’s likely going to lose.

    • He looked like he was starting to suck wind. There’s a serious speed difference. Canelo looks slow in comparison

  • Shawn Porter just said he has the fight 3 rounds to 2 for Canelo.. he’s officially punchy! Glad he retired

  • This is exactly why fighters shouldn’t lift weights. Canelo looks like a winded weightlifter.

  • Rd 9 Bivol
    Rd 10…Bivol
    Rd 11 same even worse…how are they going to screw Bivol?

    Rd 12…we shall see…Like I said …Bivol EASY peasy…

    115-113 BIVOL!

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