By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In an IBF middleweight title eliminator between unbeaten contenders, #4 rated Esquiva “La Pantera” Falcao (29-0, 20 KOs) won a six round technical decision over #5 Patrice Volny (16-1, 10 KOs). A nasty accidental head clash in round six left Falcao with a bad cut and he was unable to continue. The bout went to the cards where the scores were 58-57, 58-56 Falcao, 58-56 Volny.
Unbeaten WBO #2, WBC #4, IBF #9 middleweight Janibek “Qazaq Style” Alimkhanuly (11-0, 7 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former world champion Hassan N’Dam (38-6, 21 KOs). Alimkhanuly stalked from start as N’Dam kept his distance and stayed away. In round two, the Kazakh connected with a short compact left hook as N’Dam fought off his back foot. In the third, Janinek scored a knockdown and continued his dominance. Later in the fight, Alimkhanuly had his way pounding N’Dam until referee Kenny Bayless had seen enough and stopped the fight at 2:40. N’Dam not happy about the stoppage.
Lightweight Raymond “Danger” Muratalla (13-0, 11 KOs) won by fifth round TKO over late sub Elias “El Macho” Araujo (21-4, 8 KOs). Muratalla was clearly winning when suddenly referee Allen Huggins waved it off. Araujo was furious about the stoppage. Time was 2:20.
Former world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (23-2, 15 KO’s) of Ghana and Puerto Rico’s Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz (26-4, 16 KOs) went the distance ten rounds. It was a competitive fight as Dogboe and Ochoa battled it out the whole way. The first half of the fight saw Diaz control the fight boxing well and effectively. Dogboe was busier and dictated the pace in the second half of the fight. It was a close late in the fight, Diaz and Dogboe sensed the urgency in the tenth and final round. In the end, the judges scored the fight 97-93, 96-94, in favor of Dogboe and one judge scored it a draw 95-95.
Southern Californian featherweights Glendale, California’s Adam “Bluenose” Lopez and Adan Ochoa of Compton, California squared off in their rematch but the bout was declared a no decision after two rounds. Lopez and Ochoa exchanged from the opening bell, Ochoa suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental head butt. Between rounds two and three it was deemed that Ochoa could not continue and the bout was called off.
Super featherweight, 2016 U.S Olympian Karlos Balderas (11-1, 10 KOs) of Santa Maria, California stopped Julio Cortez (15-4, 11 KOs) of Ecuador. Balderas connected with a solid right hand in the closing seconds of round one that knocked Cortez’s mouthpiece out. The 2016 Olympian was dominant as he pummeled Cortez the referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to stop the fight at 2:13 of the fourth.
Making his professional debut U.S. Olympian welterweight Tiger Johnson (1-0, 1 KO) of Cleveland, Ohio scored a fourth round knockout over Antonious Grabel (3-2,-1 3 KO) of Sarasota, Florida in opening the action from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Johnson was impressive throughout the fight and suffered a cut from a head butt in the third. Johnson scored a knockdown in the final round and stunned him as the referee stepped in to stop the fight 1:54 of the fourth round.