By Rocco Morales and David Robinett at ringside
Photos by Laura De la Torre
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) outworked previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds to take a clear twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night in a specially constructed outdoor arena at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA. Uzelkov dropped Shumenov with a left hook in round one, but Shumenov came back to drop Uzelkov at the end of round three and dominated the rest of the fight with his aggression and superior workrate. Scores were 117-109, 118-108, 118-108.
WBO #3 rated super bantamweight Rico Ramos (17-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-4-1, 10 KOs) in an uneventful eight-round fight. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 80-72.
In a scheduled four round super middleweight bout, undefeated 2008 Olympian Shawn Estrada made short work of his overmatched opponent Eddie Hunter. Estrada floored Hunter in the opening seconds of the bout with a big looping overhand right, only for Hunter to get up for more punishment. Estrada was only too happy to oblige and sent Hunter to the canvas twice more. By way of TKO victory at 0:53 of the first round, Estrada improves to 7-0 (7 KOs) while Hunter drops to 4-3-1 (1 KO).
In a scheduled eight round welterweight contest, Ravshan Hudaynazarov, impressively dismantled tough challenger, Pavel Miranda. Miranda elected to retire on his stool rather than come out for the sixth round. By way of TKO victory at 3:00 of the fifth round, Hudaynazarov improves to 13-0 (11 KOs) while Miranda drops to 16-6-1 (8 KOs).
In the opening bout of the evening, a scheduled 4 round lightweight bout, Stan Martyniouk kept his perfect record intact by outhustling Jonathon Bobadilla. By unanimous decision victory, Martyniouk improves to 10-0 (1 KO) while Bobadilla drops to 4-3.
In a walkout bout, a scheduled 6 round bantamweight contest, southpaw Michael Ruiz Jr. overcame a spirited effort by very game challenger, Juan Tepoz. It was a see-saw battle until the final seconds of the fourth round when Tepoz was floored and nearly counted out but managed to rise at the count of nine as the round was ending. Ruiz Jr. was in control the remainder of the way and went on to earn a unanimous decision victory. Ruiz Jr. improves to 4-0 (1 KO) while Tepoz drops to 4-4-1.
In the final fight of the evening, a scheduled 10 round light heavyweight bout, undefeated Gayrat Ahmedov took on Dallas Vargas. Vargas appeared to be a solid opponent, at least on paper, but folded for the count after being tagged by a solid body shot to the liver towards the end of the opening round. By way of KO victory, Ahmedov improves to 15-0-1 (10 KOs) while Vargas drops to 22-5 (16 KOs).