By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
IBF #6 super middleweight Ali Akhmedov (19-1 14 KOs) of Kazakhstan put in work in going the distance and pitching a shoutout against Philadelphia veteran “King” Gabriel Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs). Boxing at a fast pace in the early rounds, sizing on another, Akhmedov and Rosado stood busy. Akhmedov connected with a straight right to begin the third round, but Rosado kept his composure and stood busy. Stalking in the fourth, Akhmedov began to let his hands go as he pumped the jab and followed up with right hands, later in the round Rosado swung the right wildly. In the fifth, Akhmedov connected with a solid right hand that stopped Rosado’s momentum as the Kazakh boxed patiently.
In the sixth, Akhmedov stood busy boxing keeping his distance from the stalking Rosado. It was Akhmedov dictating the pace outworking the always tough Rosado, in the eighth the Kazakh let his hands go unloading a combination as Rosado shelled up. As always Rosado came with everything and was disappointing as Akhmedov boxed and worked his way to hard fought decision.
After completing ten rounds, all three judges scored the bout 100-90.
Middleweight Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams (12-0, 9 KO’s) of Houston won a unanimous decision over Kieron Conway (18-3-1, 4 KO’s) from England, winning the vacant WBA International Middleweight title in opening the DAZN pay-per-view card. Williams boxed early on tallying up points and displaying skill over a very tough Conway. The southpaw, Williams used the jab effectively as Conway worked the jab as well and moved to the left as he snuck in a right hand in the fifth that snapped Williams’s head. Past the halfway point in the sixth round, Conway began to pick up the pace as Williams continued to box. In the seventh, Williams backed Conway to the ropes. Williams scored a knockdown in the ninth and continued to work effectively boxing his way to a unanimous decision victory. The judges scored the bout 97-92, 97-92, and 96-93.
Unbeaten super middleweight Diego Pacheco (16-0, 13 KOs) won his first belt with a fifth round TKO over Enrique Collazo (16-3-1, 11 KOs). Pacheco dropped Collazo in round five and got the stoppage moments later. Time was 2:29. Pacheco claimed the WBC USNBC silver title.
Fresno lightweight Marc Castro (8-0, 6 KO’s) scored a huge knockout over Kevin Montiel (6-2-2, 3 KO’s). Castro put in work against the very tough Montiel. In closing the fourth round, Castro hurt Montiel with a hard right as Montiel staggered and was saved by the bell. A huge right uppercut in the fifth did it as Castro knocked Montiel out cold. Referee immediately waved off the bout at 1:40 of the fifth round.
Super lightweights Aaron Aponte (6-0-1, 2 KO’s) and Fernando Molina (8-0-1, 3 KO’s) squared off going the distance eight rounds and fighting to a draw. It was a fast start with Aponte and Molina exchanging. Aponte scored a knockdown in the second round as Molina appeared to have the better of the exchange as their feet got tangled. However Molina returned the favor as he hurt Aponte early in the fifth with an uppercut, later in the round a right dropped Aponte. With the fight up for grabs, late in the seventh Molina picked up with combinations but Aponte continued to land the solid right. The eighth and final round Molina stalked and connected with the right hand as Aponte used the distance, Molina was the aggressor with Aponte being the conservative fighter. In going the distance eight rounds the judges scored the bout 76-74 for Molina, 76-74 for Aponte, and 75-75 even.
In the opening bout from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, super flyweight Anthony Herrera (3-0-1, 2 KO) of East L.A. won a fifth round technical decision over Delvin McKinley (4-4-1, 4 KO’s) from New Orleans. Herrera boxed patiently from the start as he dissected McKinley, popping the jab and pressing as McKinley’s eye was shut. There was an accidental headbutt to begin the fifth as McKinley went down and couldn’t continues as the fight was stopped at 19 seconds. After completing five rounds, three judges scored the bout 50-45 3x.