By Shamus Young at ringside
Fighting as a junior middleweight, Zahir Raheem (34-3, 21 KOs) knocked Tim Coleman (19-4-1, 5 KOs) down four times and stopped him at 2:04 of the second round. After a feeling-out first round, Raheem decided to test Coleman’s conditioning with a few taps to the body. It was a wise choice, as Raheem dropped Coleman with a left hook to the body shortly after the start of round two. Soon after, he dropped him again with a right to the body. The third knockdown was another right to the body. The fourth and final knockdown was a left hook to the jaw. Referee Bobby Howard waved the fight off. The contract weight for the bout was changed from junior welterweight to 150lbs after Coleman weighed in heavy.
Amateur lightweight standout Jeremy McCleary pitched a shutout in his pro debut. Miguel Ortega, 1-6, could punch very hard but rarely moved his hands. McCleary started out a little wild, but soon settled down and outworked his man. All judges and Fightnews scored it 40-36.
Junior lightweight Marcello Gallardo improved to 3-0 with a unanimous decision over Corben Page, now 4-8-1. Gallardo started out slowly, but by the second round had settled into a steady pace of accurate combination punching. One judge had it 40-36. Two judges and Fightnews had it 39-37.
Junior middleweights Cameron Sevilla-Rivera and Mark Garcia made their pro debuts together. They went toe to toe from the opening bell and Sevilla-Rivera’s right cross soon got the best of it. Garcia was dropped twice late in the first round. When a jab seriously wobbled Garcia, referee Jeff Macaluso halted it. Time of the stoppage was 2:44.
Jared Teer won his pro debut at junior middleweight over Dex Montenegro, 1-3 with a unanimous decision. Montenegro was game, but Teer had reach and accuracy advantages and won each round. All judges and Fightnews scored it 40-36.
Super middleweight Jason Novelli won his debut against Lius Iniguez, who is now 0-1-1. Iniguez started fast and outworked Novelli in the first round. Novelli took over in the second round with hard, accurate shots and managed to stun Iniguez in the fourth. All judges and Fightnews scored the bout 39-37.