By Ryan Burton
Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, NV - In the main event of the evening, Sharif Bogere (30-1) took a step closer to title contention with an unanimous decision over Jose Rodriguez (23-10-1).
The difference in hand speed was evident from the beginning as Bogere peppered Rodriguez with his jab. Bogere’s accuracy was off early on as he shook off the rust from a 12 month layoff. Rodriguez was able to evade a lot of Bogere’s punches by the wasn’t able to mount much of his own offense.
Bogere began to find his rhythm late in the fight to cruise to the victory. The final tallies read 100-90 on all three cards.
In an exciting slugfest, Mayweather Promotion’s Cameron Krael (12-12-3) battled Shoki Sakai (22-8-1) to a majority draw. Sakai, who is trained by legendary Mexican instructor Nacho Beristain, came on the middle rounds but couldn’t overcome Krael’s early lead. Both men had moments of success down the stretch to justify he draw.
The final tallies read 77-75 Krael, and 76-76 twice.
"He came to the fight, then waited for me in reception. I knew who he was. He's a big unit, 22 stone, and I think he will be harder to knock out because he's incredibly durable."
Takam brings with him a record of 35 wins from his 39 bouts, with only one stoppage loss against Alexander Povetkin, and a points defeat to WBO king Joseph Parker, the recent low-key conqueror of Hughie Fury, in New Zealand last year.
Welterweight prospect Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (9-0-1) kept his unbeaten record intact with a shutout victory over John Delperdang (10-4). The scores were 80-72 on all three cards.
Rolando Romero improved to 3-0 with a second round TKO of Johnny Estrada (0-3). The time of the stoppage was 2:02.
Andrew Cortes (6-0) opened up the show with a 4th round TKO of Thomas Herrera (9-18-2) in their lightweight battle. The official time of the stoppage was 2:05.