By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime
Local lightweight favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten KO artist Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, located outside of Pittsburgh. Salka, coming off a very controversial majority decision loss to Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, hurt Collado to the body in round three, then staggered and dropped him. Collado was also cut over the left eye adding to his problems. Salka continued to outwork Collado as the bout progressed and his size advantage was noticeable. Scores were 96-94, 96-93, 96-93. Collado entered the bout rated WBA #13 at featherweight.
Undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) won a mostly uneventful split decision over Emmanuel Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) in a welterweight eight-rounder. Diaz was rocked in round three, but won by scores of 77-75, 77-75 on two cards. The third card was 77-75 Lartey.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, local favorite Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez, Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs) quickly domesticated Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-1, 5 KOs). After three first round knockdowns, the bout was waved off. Time was 2:49.
Welterweight knockout artist Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (5-0, 5 Kos) kept his perfect knockout streak intact by dropping Jovan “Negrito” Ramirez four times on his way to his fifth straight knockout victory at 18 seconds of round two. Lubin sent Ramirez to the canvas three times in the opening round and then finished the show with a big right hook that planted his outclassed opponent on his back for the fourth and final time. Referee Ernie Sharif knew he wouldn’t make it to his feet and waived the contest off at 18 second mark of the second round.
2004 Cuban Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson (15-1, 9 KOs) dropped Lenwood Dozier once in the first and then pounded his way to a one sided eight round unanimous decision victory over game but outgunned Lenwood Dozier (9-6-1, 4 KOs). All three judges saw every round in favor of the talented former Olympian by scores of 80-71 x 3.
Undefeated super featherweight and former 2012 national Golden Gloves champion, Albert “Prince” Bell (4-0, 1 KO) easily outboxed Micah Branch (2-10-1) over four rounds to capture a one-sided unanimous decision victory by scores of 40-36 across the board.
Undefeated junior middleweight Andreas Kamouyerou battled through a back and forth phone booth-style war with Malik Jackson. The fight was extremely close and it went to the scorecards. One judge saw it 39-37 in favor for Kamouyerou, while the second had it the other way, 39-37, in favor of Jackson. The third official saw it 38-38 for the split draw. Andreas Kamouyerou moves to 3-0-1, 2 KOs, while hard luck veteran Malik Jackson slides to 0-2-3.
In the opening bout of the evening, former US under-19 tournament champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (5-0, 3 KOs) squeaked out a razor thin unanimous decision victory over rugged lightweight Misael “Chico” Chacon (1-2) by scores of 38-37 x 2 and 39-36 respectively. Martin was deducted a point for pushing down Chacon’s head in the fourth, but his cleaner combinations when on the outside, seemed to sway the fight in his favor. Chacon kept it close with constant body work when inside.