Duke Ragan’s second professional fight wasn’t quite as easy as his debut.
The talented featherweight from Cincinnati needed all four rounds to defeat former UFC fighter John Moraga on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Ragan (2-0, 1 KO) couldn’t hurt Moraga (1-2, 1 KO), but he beat Moraga comfortably on all three scorecards.
Each judge scored all four rounds for Ragan, who won by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36 on the Ivan Baranchyk-Jose Zepeda undercard at MGM Grand Conference Center. Phoenix’s Moraga performed admirably, especially since he took this difficult fight on just three days’ notice.
The 23-year-old Ragan knocked out Luis Alvarado late in the first round of his first professional fight August 22 at MGM Grand Conference Center.
Ragan’s right hand landed with just over two minutes left in the fourth round. Ragan attacked Moraga’s body later in the fourth and backed up Moraga with a right hand
An accidental clash of heads appeared to cause a nick beneath Ragan’s right eye just after the midway point of the third round. Ragan’s right hand connected with just under 30 seconds on the clock in the third round.
Ragan’s counter left caught Moraga with about 1:15 to go in the second round. A left hook by Ragan made Moraga reset his feet approximately 20 seconds into the second round.
Moraga and Ragan traded left hooks with about 40 seconds remaining in the opening round.
Ragan was an accomplished amateur who intended to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were postponed until next summer. He went 151-19 as an amateur, but Ragan recently signed co-promotional contracts with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and Antonio Leonard Promotions, and a managerial agreement with James Prince.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.