Welterweight contender Said Ouali, 27-4, began his comeback with a quick KO over journeyman Bryan Abraham, 6-18, at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah on Saturday night. Ouali, 146.5 pounds, used hand speed and power to floor Abraham, 144.5, twice in the first round. Ouali, fighting out of Las Vegas, ended the fight 35 seconds into round with a punch that sent Abraham halfway through the ropes. Nettles Nasser, one of Ouali’s trainers, said the boxer hopes to fight again in late July or September. He added that the Morocco native will fight any welterweight contender or champion.
Junior middleweight Sukrab Shidaev, 152 pounds moved to 6-0 with a third round stoppage over a very game Robert Hill, Palmdale, Calif., 153.5, who was making his pro debut. Shidaev floored Hill in a rocky first round that also saw the Russian score a standing 8 count over Hill. Early in the third round, Shidaev ended things with a big left hook.
In a preliminary bout, former Rocky Mountain Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Jesse West, of Fruit Heights, Utah, made a successful pro debut – as a cruiserweight. West, 199.5 pounds, stopped debuting Junaid Farooki, of Las Vegas, 197.5 pounds, in round 2.
In the main event, heavyweight Val Tinajero, 224 pounds, from Ogden, Utah, 8-5, was outhustled by younger Geovanni Sarran, 214.5 pounds, 4-5-1, who bulled his way to a six-round unanimous decision.
Also, veteran heavyweight Billy Zumbrun, of Ogden, 233.5 pounds, 26-13-2, destroyed out of shape heavyweight Marcus Rhode, 257.5, 37-46, with an easy TKO in the second round.
Welterweight Eddie Cordova, 146 pounds, 4-4-1, of Clearfield, Utah, scored a tough six-round unanimous decision over Californian Luis Hernandez, 14.5 pounds, 2-3, and in the opening four rounder, undefeated heavyweight Scott Alexander, 8-0, of Riverside, Calif., scored a narrow win over Los Angeles heavyweight Kevin Howard, 3-10.