By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME (Harris-Aguilera)
Jesse Kelley (Other bouts)
Comebacking heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) upset IBF #15 rated Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs), taking a twelve round unanimous decision during a non televised bout. Aguilera was the aggressor early on and continued to seek a knockout blow for much of the twelve rounds, but Harris was able to keep Aguilera at bay behind a solid jab as he outboxed him down the stretch to claim a 117-111, 117-111, 115-113 win and the vacant USBA title. It was Harris’ biggest win since winning the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament.
Middleweight Andy “Kaos” Kolle (22-2, 16 KOs) needed just 91 seconds to demolish southpaw Daryl Salmon (16-5, 4 KOs). Kolle kept his opponent off balance with pressure until a crushing right hand to the jaw sent a smoked Salmon to the canvas where he lay disoriented and unable to beat the count. Salmon came in 10 pounds heavy and somehow lost 4.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in.
Jr middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda (43-11, 23 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Jose Medina (15-20, 11 KOs). Medina showed up to fight and even landed a few wild, stinging shots in the bout but Vanda was happy to trade punches with his heavier opponent. Vanda began to dish out unanswered body and head shots late in round three, leaving Medina cornered and standing in a fetal position leaving referee Joe Cortez no option but to put an end to the bout at 2:57 of round three.
Unbeaten welterweight Michael Anderson moved to 7-0-1, 5 KOs with a third round stoppage of Hector Orozco (3-6, 0 KOs). Anderson dropped Orozco three time in the third round with body shots before referee Joe Cortez stopped the bout at 2:36.