By Andreas Hale at ringside
In an IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division, Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 23 KOs)
scored a gutsy twelve round unanimous decision over Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Stevens, who had promised an early KO, set the tone by landing some good left hooks in round one. Brinkley, a participant in the The Contender I reality television show, weathered the storm, however, and proceeded to break down Stevens. Stevens finally wilted under the Brinkley barrage and went down at the end of round six. The big-punching Stevens looked to score a KO as the bout progressed, but Brinkley scored another knockdown in the twelfth to win going away by scores of 117-109, 118-108, 119-107.
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Unbeaten welterweight prospect Ray Serrano (12-0, 6 KOs) won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Ronnie Warrior Jr. (13-3-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 79-73 on all cards.
Brandon Gonzales utilized a brutal body attack as he thumped Dumont Welliver en route to a 2nd round TKO victory. Gonzales dropped Welliver with a hard body shot in the second. Welliver would rise but Russell Mora had seen enough and waived off the bout at 1:25.
Tyler Hinkey and William Mitch Williams battled to an uneventful six round draw.
Carlos Gayton impressed in his professional debut as he brutally knocked out Jack Montgomery in the 2nd round. Time of stoppage was 2:03.
Chad Forrester earned his first professional victory as he defeated Mike Goins via unanimous decision. Judges saw the fight 38-37 and 39-36 (twice).