By Rick Reeno
Texas Station, Las Vegas - Ada Velez (20-3-3, 6KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Meldina Cooper (21-2, 11KOs) to retain the IBF female super bantamweight title. The scores were 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93. The fight was a lot closer than the cards would suggest. It was a fun brawl from start to finish, with Velez being busier and Cooper landing the hard punches.
Heavyweight prospect Magomed Abdusalamov (12-0, 12KOs) stopped Rich Power (15-2, 11KOs) in the third round. An accumulation of punishment sent Power down in the third round. Power beat the count, but he was defenseless and took a few more shots before Robert Byrd jumped in stop the contest. The stoppage was a little late because Power had nothing left when he made it up. Power's other career defeat, a 2010 eight round decision loss, came at the hands of current British/Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury.
In a bout filled with fouls and rough-house tactics, Dahiana Santana (28-6, 12KOs) captured the IBF female featherweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over Stacey Reile (10-4, 4KOs). Reile, who went down in the contest, was penalized a point for intentional use of the head and warned for hitting below the belt and even appeared to have bitten her opponent on the chest. The referee was Joe Cortez. The scores were 97-90, 98-90 and 97-91.
Welterweight contender Azael Cosio (12-1-2, 9KOs) drilled Michael Torres (14-2, 7KOs) with a brutal knockout off a hard hook to the head in the fifth round. Torres was down for a while before the medics were able to get him up and he was stretched out.
Junior welterweight Tatina "Little Tyson" Anderson (5-1-1, 4KOs) came out like a tornado and eventually overwhelmed the much larger Victoria Cisneros (5-13-2, 1KO) with a third round stoppage. Cisneros was taking a beating against the ropes when referee Robert Byrd stepped in to wave it off.
In a light heavyweight encounter, Colombian prospect Alexander Brand (15-0, 13KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Terence Wood (9-3, 6KOs). The scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.
Tags: Magomed Abdusalamov