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In his biggest test to date, WBC #4 super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) scored a very impressive fifth round TKO over two-time former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-7, 25 KOs) on Friday night at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Southpaw Ramirez pressured Lorenzo in round one, landing a number of good punches. More hard Ramirez punches connected in round two as he pursued Lorenzo. Ramirez battered Lorenzo to the deck in round three and Lorenzo did well to finish the round. Ramirez continued to punish Lorenzo in round four. Referee Jay Nady called two knockdowns in round five when Lorenzo’s glove touched the canvas. Giovanni’s corner then threw in the towel. Time was 2:47. With the win, Ramirez won the vacant NABF super middleweight title. After the fight Lorenzo was taken to a local hospital with a possible broken rib.
Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Samuel Clarkson (10-3, 6 KOs). Hart, the son of 1970s middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, dropped Clarkson twice in round four, but had to go the distance for the second straight fight. Scores were 80-70 on all cards.
Unbeaten bantamweight Gary Salazar (3-0, 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Jair Quintero (1-2-2). Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 40-36. Salazar, formerly America’s top-rated amateur bantamweight, signed a promotional contract with Top Rank earlier this week.
Unbeaten Olympian light heavyweight Egor Mekhontsev moved to 3-0, 3 KOs with a third round KO against Dwayne Williams (5-2, 2 KOs). Mekhontsev first dropped Williams in round two, then finished him in round three.