By Francisco Salazar
StubHub Center, Carson, California - Unbeaten junior welterweight Amir Imam boxed his way to a 10 round unanimous decision victory over Walter Castillo.
Fighting for the second time in the United States, Castillo did well in the opening rounds, attacking the body and attempting to cut off the ring. He was able to sneak a few counter right hands to the head of Imam as well.
By the fourth round, Imam began to find some momentum. He would land his own right hands to the head, followed but by left hooks to the head. As the bout progressed into the second half of the fight, Castillo began to slow down considerably.
As the bout entered into the final stanzas, Imam landed more at will. The area around Castillo's right eye was swollen and a cut opened in the immediate area. It looked like Imam was going to stop Castillo in the last minute of the 10th round, but Castillo was able to make it to the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Imam, 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92.
Imam improves to 17-0, 14 KOs, while Castillo drops to 25-3, 18 KOs.
Welterweight Fabian Maidana, the younger brother of Marcos Maidana, stopped Cory Vom Baur in the second round. Maidana (6-0, 5 KOs) dropped Vom Baur late in the first round, courtesy of a barrage of punches. Sensing he had Vom Baur (2-3) hurt, Maidana came on aggressively at the beginning of the second round. Vom Baur was hurt again and before Maidana went in for the kill, his corner told referee Pat Russell to stop the bout at 38 seconds.
Moises Flores won the interim WBA junior featherweight title, outpointing Oscar Escandon by majority decision over 12 rounds.
Escandon (24-2, 16 KOs) did well getting on the inside of Flores' long reach, landing hooks to the head and body. As the bout progressed, Flores (23-0, 16 KOs) was able to use his height and awkwardness to get on the inside, landing right hands to the head. The middle rounds were extremely close to score, as both fighters landed combinations.
Flores seemed to slow down in the last couple of rounds. Escandon was able to win the last two rounds on all three judges' scorecards, but it was not enough. One judge scored the bout 115-113 for Escandon, while the other two judges scored the bout 116-112 for Flores, who improves to 23-0, 16 KOs.
Welterweight Omar Chavez (33-3-1, 22 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez. The younger brother of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Omar Chavez was able to outbox Gutierrez early on. As the bout progressed, Gutierrez (28-16-1, 17 KOs) was able to outbox Chavez during a few exchanges, especially during the middle rounds. Chavez was able to swing momentum back his way in the last couple of rounds. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Chavez, 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74.
Fringe middleweight Fernando Guerrero won a 10 round split decision over Abie Han. Han (23-3, 14 KOs) dropped Guerrero in the first round with a straight right to the head. Han was able to back Guerrero down and score with right hands to the head. Midway through the fight, Guerrero (27-3, 19 KOs) began to land counter lefts to the head of Han., who slowed down considerably during the last three rounds. Guerrero looked like the fresher fighter of the two as Han looked tired when the bout concluded. One judge scored the bout 96-93 for Han, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-93 and 95-94 for Guerrero.
Cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) stopped Carlos Reyes after the end of the fifth round. Aside from being momentarily stunned by Reyes (7-7-1, 5 KOs) midway through the second round, it was all Shimmell. The taller and left-handed Shimmell rained punches down on Reyes, whose punch output dropped after every passing round. After the fifth round, referee Pat Russell stopped the bout after consulting with the ringside physician.
Junior featherweight prospect and amateur standout Tugstsogt Nyambayar stopped Manuel Rubalcava in the first round. Nyambayar (2-0, 2 KOs) stunned Rubalcava with a combination, eventually dropping him with a right hand. Rubalcava (2-13) beat the count, but referee Jerry Cantu waved the fight over at 1:38.
In welterweight action, Jessie Roman (18-2, 9 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Evincil Dixon. While Dixon (5-6-1, 2 KOs) was game, it was Roman who won most of the exchanges. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Roman, 79-73, 79-73, and 80-72.
Heavyweight Wes Nofire (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Joel Godfrey after the third round of a scheduled six round bout. The taller Nofire imposed more his will and strength over Godfrey (17-14-1, 6 KOs), although he did land some combinations. Referee Pat Russell waved the fight over after the third round after Godfrey could not continue after suffering an injury in the previous round.
In the opening bout of the Goossen Promotions card, welterweight Anthony Flores (7-0, 5 KOs) won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Williams Hughes (4-3, 3 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Flores.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing