In a WBA light heavyweight eliminator, unbeaten Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (43-0, 29 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez (21-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Great toe-to-toe action between Zurdo and Gonzalez for the first four rounds. Gonzalez took a lot of flush punches but kept coming. Zurdo started backing off and boxing from the outside for a few rounds, but then turned up the heat again in round ten and got a referee’s stoppage. Time was 1:23.
“He is a great fighter. I knew he was going to be tough because he showed no fear in his eyes,” said Ramirez. “He had nothing to lose, and I knew he was going to come with everything he had. Thank you Yunieski for taking the fight. I tried to land body shots and he was prepared. So, I had to change my attacks and focus on hitting him upstairs so I could get the victory. My hand is a little hurt but that is the price you pay to win. I am ready for the next challenge, I want Bivol. He can’t run anymore, I am coming for him.”
Three-time female world champion, and current WBA minimumweight champion Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada (22-0, 9 KOs) scored a one-punch fourth round KO over previously unbeaten Maria “La Imparable” Santizo (9-1, 5 KOs). Estrada dropped Santizo twice in round three and finished her with a big left hook in round four.
WBO #4, WBA #10 super featherweight Lamont Roach, Jr. (22-1-1, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion and currently WBA #6 rated Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (32-11, 21 KOs) to win the vacant NABA title. 100-90, 98-92, 98-92.
WBC female flyweight champion Marlen Esparza moved to 11-1, 1 KO with a ten round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (31-5, 4 KOs). Scores were 100-88, 95-94, 99-90. Esparza credited with two dubious knockdowns.
In a clash of undefeated featherweights, Victor Morales (15-0-1, 8 KOs) and Rudy Garcia (12-0-1, 2 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. Scores were 96-94 Morales, 97-93 Garcia, 95-95.
Rugged welterweight Rusian Madiyev (14-2, 5 KOs) pounded on Luis Hernandez (21-2, 19 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-92.
NABF welterweight champion Raul Curiel (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over local hero Kendo Castaneda (17-5, 8 KOs). Curiel dropped Castaneda in round three and finished him with a body shot in round seven. Time was 1:20. Five straight losses for Kendo.
Unbeaten bantamweight John “Scrappy” Ramirez (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped late sub Miguel Rebullosa (4-13, 5 KOs) in round two. Three knockdowns for Scrappy. Time was 2:21.
Lightweight Nick Sullivan (5-0, 1 KO) outpointed Erick Benitez (2-2, 1 KO) over four 39-37 3x.