by Francisco Salazar
Cruiserweight Alexey Egorov notched the biggest win of his career thus far on paper Friday night, stopping Lateef Kayode after the sixth round at the Florentine Gardens in El Monte, California.
Both fighters had their moments early in the competitive fight, but Egorov was sharper and his punches began to take their toll on Kayode, who appeared discombobulated during rounds four and five from the punches he was receiving.
A ringside physician examined Kayode after the end of round six, recommending the fight be stopped due to the amount of punches Kayode was receiving. The fight was indeed stopped, but Kayode was upset with the stoppage, believing he was not hurt and was able to continue.
Egorov (6-0, 5 knockouts), who resides in Obninsk, Russia, was coming off a first round knockout over Luther Smith on June 2. The 27-year-old Egorov is managed by Vadim Kornilov.
Kayode, who challenged and lost to then-WBA cruiserweight titleholder Denis Lebedev in November of 2015, has lost his last four bouts and drops to 21-4 1 NC, 16 KOs.
Welterweight Radzhab Butaev, another fighter represented by Kornilov, stopped Ramses Agaton of Mexico City after the third round.
Butaev battered Agaton (20-9-3, 10 KOs), who tried to fight back, but was taking tremendous and punishing shots from Butaev. After the third round, Agaton's corner threw in the towel rather than watching Agaton take further punishment.
Originally from Russia and now residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., Butaev improves to 9-0, 7 KOs.
Junior welterweight Carlos Sanchez of Mexico stopped Brian Jones in the sixth and final round.
Sanchez was patient and disciplined while breaking Jones down in each round. Jones (14-10, 8 KOs) was dropped midway through round six, got up and fought back, but Jones was taking punishment, forcing a referee's stoppage at 2:33 of the round.
Sanchez (17-0, 16 KOs), who is managed by Cameron Dunkin, has stopped his last seven opponents.
Featherweight Adan Ochoa won a four round unanimous decision over Mike Fowler (6-16, 2 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 in favor of Ochoa, who improves to 6-1, 2 KOs.
Junior welterweight Michael Myers (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped David Cruz Rivera (0-3) in the opening round.
Red Boxing Promotions and Steve Rodarte Boxing co-promoted the card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing