By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten junior featherweight Leo “El Teremoto” Santa Cruz (12-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Mexican veteran Juan Jose “Pinocho” Beltran (19-16-3, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The 21-year-old Santa Cruz, from nearby Lincoln Heights, simply had too much strength, speed and power as he broke down the shorter Beltran. Referee Dr. Lou Moret waved it off at 2:17 of round three with Beltran under heavy fire.
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (21-6-2, 13 KOs) impressively dismantled Jovann Jones (9-8, 4 KOs) in a lightweight clash. Cherry knocked down Jones in each of the three rounds contested. Referee Ray Corona waved it off at 1:14 of the third round after Cherry dropped Jones for the third time. It was Cherry’s first bout under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner and his first ring appearance since his close, hard fought twelve round decision loss to junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley in September 2008. Cherry is confident that he will be one of the strongest boxers in the 135lb division as he works towards another world title shot.
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Unbeaten lightweight Sharif Bogere (13-0, 7 KOs) outpointed veteran Christian Favela (17-23-6, 10 KOs) over six lackluster by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 60-54.
Welterweight Joseph Elegele (2-0, 1 KO) scored a first round TKO over Juan Carlos Diaz (0-2). Diaz was down three times before the bout was waved off at 2:52.
Middleweight Fedor Chudinov (3-0, 2 KOs) pounded out a four round unanimous decision over Cesar Ibarra (5-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 39-36, 39-36, 40-35.
Middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (3-0, 3 KO’s) knocked down overmatched Flavio Cardoza (1-4) three times in the first round, the final time with a left hook to the head. Referee Ray Corona immediately stopped the bout at 1:46.
Welterweight Hastings Bwayla (2-0, 2 KO’s) dominated wild-swinging Anthony McDavitt, eventually stopping him at 2:23 of the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Bwayla dropped McDavitt with a right hand to the head and finished him off with a barrage of punches, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the bout. McDavitt was making his professional debut.
Lightweight Ivan Redkach (2-0, 2 KO’s) had little trouble with Napoleon Mathews (1-3, 1 KO), dropping him with a left hook to the stomach and finishing him with a right hook to the body. Referee Ray Corona stopped the bout at 2:29 of the first round of a scheduled four round bout.
Lightweight Fidel Maldonado made a successful pro debut by stopping Nicholas Brannies (1-3) in the first round. Maldonado dropped Brannies twice with body shots, the final one for good at 1:10. Maldonado was a highly-decorated amateur from New Mexico.