By Ryan Burton
Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, NV -In the headlining bout of the night, Sharif Bogere (31-1) put on a clinic against Arturo Reyes (19-9). Reyes was badly outclassed but was able to make it to the final bell. Bogere was too fast and took strong for Reyes who was severely overpowered with only had 5 knockouts on his resume.
The action started slow as the Las Vegas based Bogere felt out Reyes who didn’t throw too many punches himself the first two rounds. Bogere employed a stick and move style that befuddled Reyes who’s arm punches were way too slow to make contact. Bogere began to apply more pressure in the round. His increased punch output had Reyes on his bicycle in the seventh round.
Bogere kept applying the pressure as he looked for the knockout but was unable to finish off the tough Mexican the final scores were 99-91 and 100-90 twice. Bogere hopes to secure a title shot in the lightweight division soon.
Local favorite Cameron Krael (13-12-3) delighted his hometown fans with an unanimous decision victory over Gaku Takahashi (16-8-1) in an exciting welterweight slugfest. The fight went back and forth for most of the night and had the fans on the edge of their seats. Takahashi got off to a quick start and had Krael hurt at the end of the first round.
Krael composed himself in the second round and stunned Takahashi with a three punch combination. Krael hurt Takahashi again with several body shots to open the third round.
Takahashi was in trouble again as Krael surgically picked him apart both to the body and head throughout the majority of the round. The action continued to go back and forth in the fourth and fifth round as both men had moments of success.
Krael started the sixth like a ball of favor as he peppered his opponent over the first minute of the stanza. However the resilient Japanese fighter would not back down. Krael closed the show strong in the eighth and final round. The final scores were 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74.
Rising welterweight prospect Sanjarbek Rakhmanov (10-0-1) passed his stiffed test to date when he stopped experienced veteran Hylon Williams (16-5) in their welterweight bout. Seconds into the bout Rakhmanov landed a vicious body shot that forced Williams to a knee. Williams was able to survive the knockdown but the end was near.
Rakhmanov went right back to the body to open up the second round and a second later dropped Williams with a glancing shot to the head. Williams rose to his feet but moments later another body shot forced Williams to his knee for a second time and referee Robert Byrd had seen enough and called the fight to a halt at the 1:10 mark.
Super bantamweight prospect Angelo Leo (11-0) consistently beat Jonathan Aguilar (17-7) to the punch in their six round clash. Leo’s superior hand speed was the key to victory.
Aguilar had a few moments of success and caused a big welt on right Leo’s right eye in the fourth round but wasn’t able to capitalize on it. The final scores were 60-54 on all three cards.
In a super welterweight bout, Los Angeles’ Oluwafemi Oyeleye (5-0) defeated Carlos Lozano (8-8) via unanimous decision to keep his perfect record intact. Oyeleye dominated from the beginning bell, controlling the distance with his jab.
Jeff Mayweather was a last minute fill in trainer for Oyeleye, who’s trainer fell ill before the fight. The final tallies were 60-54 and 59-55 twice.
Rolando “Rolly” Romero (4-0 4KOs) retained his perfect record with a technical knockout victory over Alex Silva (3-6) in the first fight of the night. The unbeaten Cuban-American lightweight knockout artist got to work fast, dropping Silva three times in the first round. Referee Russell Mora has seen enough and called a halt to the actual after the third knockdown at the 2:48 mark.