By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a super bantamweight unification clash, WBO champion Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula (26-4-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Donaire had a definite power edge and he pressed the action against the much taller Mathebula. A Donaire left hook dropped Mathebula hard at the end of round four, but Mathebula didn’t go away and stayed in the fight. Donaire may have broken Mathebula’s jaw in the eleventh round as he close the fight strong. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 119-108.
Former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) continued his comeback with a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Will Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Pavlik dropped Rosinsky in round two, but Rosinsky hung tough for the full ten. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 98-91.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz, Jr. stopped Jonte Willis in the eighth and final round. Ruiz was busier and displayed accuracy in landing repeatedly to the head. His punches began to close the right eye of Willis by the the third round. Ruiz scored a knockdown in the sixth round with a barrage of punches, although Willis claimed he was off-balanced. In the final round, Ruiz stunned Willis with a barrage of punches, prompting referee Wayne Hedgepeth to step in and stop the bout at 54 seconds. Ruiz, from Imperial Valley, CA, improves to 15-0, 9 KOs. Willis, from Tacoma, WA, falls to 8-4-1, 3 KOs.
Welterweight Brad Solomon won an eight round unanimous decision over Hector Munoz. Solomon, who was at one time ranked number one by the WBA, dropped Munoz with a straight right hand to the head in the second round. Munoz pressed the action, wanting to fight on the inside. However, Solomon countered effectively to the head, specifically with right hands to the head. At times, Munoz spent more time talking smack to Solomon after Solomon landed a significant amount of punches. Later in the fight, Munoz was deducted a point from referee Jose Cobian for a low blow. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Solomon, 78-72, 79-71, and 77-73. Fightnews.com scored the bout 78-72 in favor of Solomon, who hails from Douglasvilla, GA and improves to 18-0, 7 KOs. Munoz, who trains out of Oxnard, CA and resides in Albuquerque, NM, falls to 20-8-1, 13 KOs.
Super lightweight Anthony Flores won a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Cameron Kreal. Flores dropped Kreal with a left hook to the body in the first round. It looked as though Flores would dominate, but Kreal came on in the second half of the fight, at times outlanding the aggressive Flores. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Flores, 38-37, 38-37, and 39-36. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Flores, who hails from nearby Inglewood and goes to 2-0, 1 KO. Kreal, from Las Vegas, NV, drops to 2-2-2.
Lightweight prospect Jose Roman scored a spectacular one-punch knockout over Rodolfo Armenta in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Roman dropped Armenta in the first round with a double left hook to the head. Although Armenta tried to fight back, Roman kept beating him to the punch, even bloodying his nose. In the fifth round, Armenta tried to throw a right hand, but Roman beat him to the punch with a hard left hook to the head, dropping him flat onto his back. Referee Wayne Hedgepeth did not bother to count, stopping the fight at 1:23. Roman, from Garden Grove, CA, improves to 14-0, 11 KOs. Armenta, from Rio Rico, AZ, drops to 11-8-1, 9 KOs.
Lightweight Eric Flores won a one-sided four round unanimous decision over Raymond Nichol. Flores was in command during most of the fight, landing right hands and uppercuts to head of Nichol. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Flores, 40-36, 40-36, and 40-35. Fightnews.com scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Flores, who hails from nearby Inglewood and improves to 4-1-1, 1 KO. Nichol, from Denver, CO, drops to 3-1-1, 2 KOs.
In a bout featuring unbeaten super lightweights, KeAndre Gibson won a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Moris Rodriguez. Gibson landed the more-telling blows in the first half of the fight, countering Rodriguez with hard right crosses or left hooks to the head. Gibson slowed down considerably in the final two rounds, which allowed for Rodriguez to control the action and outpunch Gibson. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Gibson. Gibson, from St. Louis, MO, goes to 7-0-1, 3 KOs, while Rodriguez, from Chico, CA, drops to 3-1-1, 2 KOs.
In the opening bout of the Top Rank card, featherweight Victor Pasillas stopped Jesus Adame in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Pasillas (2-0, 1 KO) dropped Adame with a right hand to the head in the second round. Adame (2-10) fought back in the third, but was stunned by a Pasillas combination. Pasillas followed up with a series of punches until referee Jose Cobian stepped in an stopped the bout at 2:45.