By Keith Idec
FRISCO, Texas – Later Saturday night, featherweight prospect Jason Sanchez stopped Daniel Olea in the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder.
An overhand right by Sanchez sent Olea to the canvas with 1:44 to go in the second round. Olea got up, but the referee didn’t like the way Olea responded to his commands and stopped their fight at 1:35 of the second round.
The 24-year-old Sanchez, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, improved to 14-0 and recorded his seventh knockout. Mexico’s Olea (13-7-2, 5 KOs) lost by technical knockout for the second time in three years as a pro.
In the next bout, middleweight prospect Janibek Alimkhanuly stopped Steven Martinez in the fifth round of a fight scheduled for eight rounds.
Kazakhstan’s Alimkhanuly (5-0, 2 KOs) dropped Martinez with a body shot in the third round, beat up Martinez throughout the fourth round and continued landing hard shots early in the fifth round. Martinez’s corner men told referee Neil Young to stop what had become a one-sided fight 21 seconds into the fifth round, with Martinez still standing.
The Bronx’s Martinez (18-5, 13 KOs) was stopped inside the distance for the first time since he turned pro in August 2009.
Bakhram Murtazaliev needed nearly nine full rounds, but eventually he did what was expected Saturday night against aged veteran Elvin Ayala.
The Russian junior middleweight prospect dropped Ayala in the ninth round and stopped him soon thereafter on the Eleider Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev undercard at the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility. Their scheduled 10-rounder was stopped at 2:05 of the ninth round, with Ayala absorbing more punishment while backed against the ropes.
The 26-year-old Murtazaliev (15-0, 12 KOs) hurt Ayala with a right hand around the halfway point of the ninth round at Ford Center at The Star. Ayala (29-13-1, 13 KOs) moved backward and Murtazaliev followed up with a right-left-right comination that dumped Ayala on his back.
Ayala got up, but he didn’t last much longer in the first fight on a nine-bout card. The 38-year-old fighter from New Haven, Connecticut, lost by knockout or technical knockout for the fifth time in a pro career that began in September 2003.
Immediately after Murtazaliev’s victory, Patrick Day out-worked Ismael Iliev and won a unanimous decision in a 10-round junior middleweight match. The 26-year-old Day (17-2-1, 6 KOs), of Freeport, New York, defeated Russia’s Iliev (11-1-1, 3 KOs) in largely uneventful fight by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.