By Chris Cozzone at ringside
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist and WBA #3-ranked contender Yuriorkis Gamboa (15-0, 13 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over second-ranked Jose “Cheo’’ Rojas (25-7-1, 17 KOs) to win the vacant interim WBA featherweight title on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino at Primm, Nevada. Gamboa dominated every minute of every round until referee Russell Mora waved it off at 1:31 of the tenth. Gamboa was credited with a knockdown in round five and constantly pressured the 37-year-old Rojas, who again failed to win a world title in his fifth attempt.
Undefeated WBC Intl welterweight titleholder Selcuk Aydin (18-0, 14 KOs) of Turkey was successful in his United States debut with a twelve round split decision over Said Ouali (25-2, 17 KOs). Aydin pressed the action for much of the fight then survived a brutal last minute assault by Ouali to win on two cards 115-112, 116-111. Ouali was up 114-113 on the third card. Aydin was deducted a point in round six for a low blow.
Middleweight Christian Pawlak (11-4, 5 KOs) won a six round split decision over Ivan Stovall (10-4, 7 KOs). Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 Pawlak and 59-55 Stoval.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Jesse Vargas (5-0, 2 KOs) defeated Anthony Lenk (5-1, 3 KOs) in a six rounder by scores of 59-53, 57-55, 58-54. Lenk was down in rounds one and six.
Jose Pacheco (1-5-5) topped Mario Gonzalez (0-3-1) over four 40-36 twice and 39-37.