Max Ornelas Continues Streak With Win Over Tabugan

By Francisco Salazar

Bantamweight Max Ornelas remained unbeaten Friday night, notching a one-sided decision over veteran Raymond Tabugon at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Las Vegas.

The taller Ornelas was the effective puncher throughout most of the fight, ripping sharp combinations to the head and body of the Filipino fighter.

Tabugon had to deal with a cut over his right eye from an accidental clash of heads in round two. Undaunted, Tabugon attempted to walk down Ornelas and get on the inside of Ornelas' long reach.


Ornelas continued to dominate Tabugon in the second half of the fight, mostly countering Tabugon with three-four punch combinations.

All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Ornelas, who improves to 12-0-1, 4 knockouts. Ornelas resides in Las Vegas and is a criminal justice major at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Tabugon (20-9-1, 10 KOs) has now lost five of his last seven bouts.

Lightweight Kendo Castaneda (14-0 1 NC, 7 KOs) of San Antonio won a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over Jesus Gutierrez.

Scores were 76-75, 79-72, and 78-73 in favor of Castaneda.

Gutierrez (14-3-1, 4 KOs), who resides in Las Vegas, has lost his last three bouts.

Junior lightweight Sulaiman Segawa (11-1, 4 KOs) of Uganda stopped Hector Lopez Jr. in the fifth round.

Middleweight Shady Gamhour of Sweden won an eight round split decision over Evan Torres (7-7, 5 KOs). One judge scored the bout 76-74 for Torres, while the other two judges scored the bout 77-74 and 76-75 for Gamhour, who goes to 10-0, 8 KOs).

Francisco A. Salazar has written for 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. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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