By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Boxing in Las Vegas
Recently elevated WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) successfully defended his title against previously unbeaten WBA #2 Sharif Bogere (23-1, 15 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Bogere was very aggressive and applied rough-house tactics early. Abril, who was cut over the right eye from a headbutt, was deducted a point from referee Russell Mora in round eight. The point deduction seemed to wake up Abril who began to land repeated clean shots the rest of the way. Bogere was deducted a point in round twelve for head butting. Scores were 115-111, 116-110, 116-110.
Unbeaten WBA #3/WBC #7/WBO #8 featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Vyacheslav Gusev (20-3, 5 KOs). Scores were 100-89 on all cards. Russell scored a knockdown when Gusev’s glove touched the canvas in round three. Russell appeared to suffer a hand injury midway through the fight.
Puerto Rican power puncher Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (26-2-1, 25 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO against “Dangerous” Ryan Davis (24-10-3, 9 KOs). Melendez dropped Davis at the end of round three, then finished him immediately in round four with a huge right uppercut. Time was :13.
Unbeaten lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez (11-0, 9 KOs) outpointed former world title challenger Daniel Attah (27-14-1, 10 KOs) over six uneventful rounds. Scores: 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
Unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round KO over Kevin “Hitman” Engel (20-8, 16 KOs). Williams finished Engel with body shots followed by head shots. Time was 1:31.
In opening action from the Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Sammy Vasquez (7-0, 5 KOs) of Monogahela, Pennsylvania scored a second round TKO over Fort Lauderdale’s Leandro Albonoz (15-3-1, 5 KOs.) in a welterweight bout. A straight left sent Albonoz to the canvas and quickly got up but Vasquez continued his attack as referee Jay Nady stopped the contest at 2:17.
Luis Arias (4-0, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada made quick work of Mexicali’s Arsenio Terraza (9-4, 8 KOs) in a scheduled six round super middleweight bout. Arias landed a left hook to the liver as referee Robert Byrd reached a ten count at 1:55 of the first round.