By Francisco Salazar
Heavyweight LaRon Mitchell dropped Scott Alexander once in route to a 10 round unanimous decision late Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Mitchell, who is a physical education teacher at an Oakland middle school, improves to 15-0, 14 KOs, while Alexander drops to 12-2-2, 6 KOs.
Mitchell, who holds amateur wins over Donovan Dennis and Dominic Breazeale, dropped Alexander in round three.
Alexander attempted to use his athleticism to overcome Mitchell's more-polished pedigree, but the southpaw Mitchell landed the more-effective punches throughout the bout.
Scorecards were 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92 for Mitchell.
"It wasn't very pretty," said Mitchell after the fight. "But I'll take an ugly win over a pretty defeat any day of the week."
Alexander's four-bout unbeaten streak was snapped.
Both fighters are promoted by Thompson Boxing, who promoted the fight card.
Welterweight Juan Ruiz (17-0, 10 KOs), who signed a promotional deal with Thompson Boxing before the fight, won a hard-fought eight round majority decision over Wilberth Lopez. One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the other two judges scored the bout 78-74 in favor of Ruiz.
Lopez drops to 15-6, 10 KOs.
Lightweight Juan Reyes (13-3-3, 2 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Cesar Villarraga (9-3, 4 KOs). Scorecards were 58-56, 58-56, and 60-54 for Reyes, who resides in nearby Riverside.
Nineteen year-old junior bantamweight Ricardo Espinoza (10-1, 8 KOs) survived two knockdowns in the opening round to win a hard-fought six round unanimous decision over Javier Lapizco. Scorecards were 57-56, 57-56, and 58-56 for Espinoza, who also dropped Lapizco once in the opening frame.
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 protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing