By Francisco Salazar
StubHub Center, Carson, California - After a year long layoff due to an injury to his right hand, Gilberto Ramirez won a one-sided 12 round decision over Max Bursak. It was Ramirez's first world title defense of his WBO super middleweight title.
Ramirez (35-0, with 24 KOs) dominated the action in every round, using his height and reach to outland Bursak from the outside. Bursak (33-5-1, with 15 KOs) has his moments, but would only throw one punch and never following up.
He spent more time holding Ramirez, for which he was deducted a point in rounds five and 11. All three judges scored the bout 120-106 in favor of Ramirez, who afterwards called out middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.
In a six round featherweight bout, 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson (1-0, 1 KO) made his professional debut with a fifth round technical decision over of Edgar Brito (3-3-1, 2 KOs).
Stevenson is managed by the trio of unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, James Prince and Josh Dubin.
The fight was a mismatch of class. Stevenson was beating him up in the first with quicker, sharper punches. Stevenson displayed defensive skills and a punching style that was very similar to his manager, Ward. The second round was more of the same, with Stevenson landing his punches at will and busting up the overmatched Brito.
In the third round, Brito suffered a cut and lost a point for an intentional head butt. It was the second time in the round that he came in with his head. In the fourth, Stevenson continued to punish Brito with punches to the head and body.
In the fifth, the action slowed down a bit but Stevenson was picking his punches, landing well and controlling the entire contest.
After the fifth round, the ringside doctor stopped the fight. He felt the cut, which didn't look that bad, was too severe on Brito to allow the fight to continue and sent the contest to the scorecards.
All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Stevenson.
"I was a little nervous, but I did what I had to do," said Stevenson. "I'll get better from this."
Making his first defense of the WBO super bantamweight title, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) blew away Adeilson Dos Santos (18-3, 14 KOs) in two rounds.
Magdaleno capture the title last November, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas undercard.
Dos Santos won two in a row since getting knocked out by Fabian Oscar Orozco in two rounds last March.
Dos Santos, who was fighting in the United States for the first time, had a height and reach advantage, but Magdaleno neutralized those immediately. Midway through round two, a right hook staggered Dos Santos.
Moments later, a left hand dropped Dos Santos hard to the canvas. Dos Santos was able to get up and tried to fight back, but was overwhelmed by Magdaleno's offense. A left-right to the top of Dos Santos' head dropped him to his knees, promoting referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop the fight at 2:51. WBO mandatory challenger Cesar Juarez was sitting ringside.
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, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing