By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweight contenders, 315lb Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (23-0-1, 20 KOs) walked through Bogdan Dinu (18-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. Miller, with a 78lb advantage, stalked Dinu and finally dropped him in round four. Dinu beat the count, only to have Big Baby put him on the canvas for the count. Time was 2:45.
WBA/IBF female middleweight champion Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (7-0, 2 KOs) defended her titles and added the vacant WBC belt to her collection with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Hannah Rankin (5-3, 1 KO). Shields was in command all the way. Scores were 100-90 across the board.
2016 Olympian flyweight Nico Hernandez (6-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Josue Morales (8-8-3, 0 KOs) in an eight round chess match. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Former world champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (35-4-1, 26 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (27-7-3, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight clash. An entertaining bout was finally halted to protect Alvarez who was taking a lot of clean headshots. Time was :38.
Middleweights Gabriel Rosado (24-11-1, 14 KOs) and Luis Arias (18-1-1, 9 KOs) fought to a twelve round draw. Scores were 116-112 Rosado, 116-112 Arias, 114-114.
Local light heavyweight Manny Thompson (8-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Leroy Jones (3-5, 5 KOs). Jones knocked down Thompson in round one. There should have been a double knockdown in round two. Jones deducted a point for a dubious low blow in round three. Scores were 59-54, 59-54, 57-55.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Anthony Sims Jr (17-0, 16 KOs) stopped Colby Courter (13-13, 10 KOs) in two rounds. Colby down three times. Time :40 of round two.
Middleweight Jeremy Nichols (9-1—1, 3 KOs) blew out Jeremiah Page (3-6, 2 KOs) in the first round. Page down four times. Time 2:34.
Middleweight Nikita Ababiy (2-0, 2 KOs) destroyed Javier Rodriquez (3-7-1, 2 KOs) in the first round. Time: 1:48.