By Francisco Salazar
The Hangar, Costa Mesa, California - Luis Ramos remained unbeaten with an eighth round stoppage victory over Noe Bolanos. The southpaw Ramos, who was fighting near his hometown of Santa Ana, started well as he was the busier fighter, connecting to the head and body. Bolanos was successful when both fighters were on the inside, landing uppercuts or right hands to the head.
As the bout progressed, Ramos' punches began to take their toll as Bolanos began to slow down considerably. Sensing Bolanos' condition, Ramos (23-0, 10 KOs) increased his punch output, especially with more punches to the body. Both fighters landed shots at will in the eighth round, but Ramos' punches had Bolanos (24-7-1, 15 KOs) against the ropes and on the defensive. After Ramos landed a combination, Bolanos' corner waved a towel, signaling for referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the bout at 1:04. After the fight, Bolanos was taken out of the venue in an ambulance to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.
In a brutal war of bantamweights making their professional debuts, Edgar Valerio stopped Fernando Fuentes in the fourth and final round. Valerio dropped Fuentes with a counter left hook in the first round, while Fuentes dropped Valerio with a counter right hand to the head. Fuentes landed the more effective punches in the third round and started well in the fourth. However, Valerio dropped Fuentes with a right hand to the head. Fuentes stood up, but was dropped again by a three-punch combination to the head. After getting up, Fuentes was staggered by a Valerio combination prompting referee Jerry Cantu to stop the bout at 1:02.
In an action bout, Cesar Valenzuela stopped Jose Correa in the third round of a scheduled six rounder. Correa was the busier fighter in the first round, landing the more-telling punches. Both fighters tastes the canvas in the second round. Valenzuela (4-1-1, 1 KO) dropped the southpaw Correa with a counter right hand to the head. Moments later after getting up, Correa (7-3, 4 KOs) dropped Valenzuela by an accumulation of punches. Both fighters had their moments in the third round until Valenzuela dropped Correa again with a straight counter right hand to the head. Correa stood up on very wobbly legs, promoting referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the bout at 2:21.
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder stopped overmatched Damon McCreary in the second round of a scheduled four round fight. Wilder (25-0, 25 KOs) had a significant height and reach advantage over McCreary, who tried to land wild hooks and crosses. Wilder landed a glancing left-right to the top of McCreary's head in the first round, dropping him to the canvas.
McCreary (14-1, 10 KOs) was able to survive the round and tried to mount a rally by charging out at Wilder to start the second. Wilder countered with a right hand, dropping McCreary to the canvas. McCreary got up and fought back, but was dropped after he tried to land a punch and missed, allowing Wilder to land a right hand. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the fight at 55 seconds.
Former junior welterweight and welterweight contender Demetrius Hopkins won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo. With his uncle Bernard watching from ringside, Hopkins finally began to let his hands go in the third round. Hopkins (31-2-1, 11 KOs) would throw more combinations, mostly finishing with a left hook to the body.
Carrasquillo (16-22-1, 14 KOs) would land an occasional hook or uppercut, but his offense nowhere near offset Hopkins' offense. Hopkins scored a knockdown in the sixth with a left hook to the body, but Carrasquillo was able to make it through the round. Hopkins hurt Carrasquillo again in the eighth, but was not able to take him out. All three judges, including BoxingScene.com, scored the bout 80-71 for Hopkins. It was Hopkins first fight since losing to Brad Solomon in March of last year.