By Rick Reeno
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas - Super featherweight Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15KOs) went right through Mexican veteran Cristobal Cruz (39-14-2, 23KOs) in two rounds. Fortuna put Cruz down with a series of punches in the first minute of action. Fortuna's fast hands and hard punches were overwhelming Cruz, who was too slow and reaching with his shots. In the second round, a huge shot drilled Cruz right on the button and he fell face first on the mat. He actually beat the count, and still looked dazed, which prompted refeee Robert Byrd to wave it off.
Featherweight Rocco Santomauro (9-0, 0KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Dewayne Wisdom (2-4, 1KO). Santomauero has yet to stop any of his opponents. The scores were 39-37, 40-36, 39-37.
Rising heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (15-0, 15KOs) stopped Maurice Byarm (13-2-1, 9KOs) in two rounds.. Near the end of the first round, Magomed unleashed a vicious display of two hand punching when he trapped Byarm in the corner. He nearly stopped him and Byarm barely made it back to his corner. At the start of the second, Byarm came out on unsteady legs and went down very fast. He made it up but continued to get battered until referee Tony Weeks jumped in.
Super middleweight prospect Ronald Gavril (3-0, 2KOs) stopped overmatched Kenneth T. Schmitz (2-3, 1KOs) in the first round of action.
Tags: Magomed Abdusalamov , Javier Fortuna