By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Puerto Rican middleweight slugger Edgar Berlanga (18-0, 16 KOs) had his hands full against a very tough Marcelo Coceres (30-3-1, 16 KOs) of Argentina. Berlanga stalked and attacked Coceres patiently early in the fight. Coceres fought off his back foot in the fourth Berlanga landed a hard left hook that momentarily staggered the Argentinian. Berlanga continue to stalk in the fifth but Coceres kept fighting on. Coceres landed a huge right in the sixth stopping Berlanga’s forward momentum. Late in the fight in the eighth, Coceres circled and jabbed connecting on Berlanga as he was straight forward. A chopping right hand by Berlanga to open the ninth got things started, as Coceres with a shut right eye kept his distance popping the jab, but Coceres landed an overhand right sending Berlanga to the canvas. The tenth and final round, Coceres boxed as Berlanga stalked and looked to land the right. All three judges scored the bout 96-93 for Berlanga.
Super welterweight Vladamir Hernandez (13-4, 6 KOs) of Durango, Mexico edged out former world champion Julian “J-Rock” Williams (27-2, 16 KOs) in winning a ten round split decision. Hernández was cut on the eye in the opening round as Williams landed some big shots. Williams continued to land heavy punches connecting Hernandez with the right in round two. Despite getting hit with big punches, Hernandez stood close to Williams in the third. It was an uphill battle for both fighters, as Hernandez began to close the gap the second half of the fight. Late in the fight, Hernandez appeared to have the momentum. The judges scored the bout 96-94, Hernandez, 96-94 Williams, and 97-93 for Hernandez.
Two-time Cuban gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez (8-1, 4 KOs) won a hard-fought unanimous decision over Orlando Gonzalez Ruiz (17-1, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico. It was an entertaining scrap as Ramírez and Gonzalez exchanged early on but Ramírez was the more technical. González was tough and in the fifth pressed Ramirez in finishing the round strong.
The second half of the fight saw Ramírez boxing effectively, Gonzalez was the aggressor but the Cuba was too fast, countering and timing with precision. Late in the ninth, Ramírez attacked as Gonzalez’s face was swollen and bleeding. Credit to Gonzalez for looking for the fight and hanging in as Ramírez was displayed his superior skill in route to a decision win. The judges scored the bout 99-91, 99-91, and 97-93.
In the opening bout from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Ukrainian heavyweight Viktor Vykhryst who is also known as Viktor Faust (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Mike Marshall (6-1-1, 4 KO’s). The Ukrainian snapped the jab from the start as Marshall’s head snapped back. Vykhryst dropped Marshall in rounds two and three, Marshall did not continue after getting up from the second knockdown with referee Robert Hoyle stopped the fight at 1:49 of the third.
Brooklyn’s Bruce Carrington (1-0) made his professional debut impressively winning a dominant unanimous decision over Cesar Cantu (3-3) in a scheduled four round featherweight bout. Carrington mixed it up teeing off Cantu in route to a decision win. All three judges scored 40-36.