Yomar Alamo remains unbeaten and a crowd favorite.
The junior welterweight prospect to his favorite venue, with fans back in attendance to witness his 10-round unanimous decision win over Jesus Alberto Beltran. Alamo won by scores of 98-92. 97-93 and 96-94 on the card of judges Brian Garry, Fred Fluty and Daniel Torres, respectively, in the Telemundo-televised main event Friday evening at Osceola Heritage Park (OHP) in Kissimmee, Florida.
All three scorecards were well within reason, as Alamo was in control for the most part but was forced to endure a few uncomfortable moments from Beltran, a battle-tested veteran from Los Mochis, Mexico. Alamo first emerged on the scene as a noted puncher but has since settled into a rangy boxer.
The latter was on display for the most part on Friday, as Alamo boxed and moved as Beltran sought to force an inside fight. The 26-year old from Caguas, Puerto Rico could do no wrong in the eyes of the crowd, with the venue made available to the adoring public for the first time since the pandemic. In fact, it was Alamo’s previous fight—a 10-round majority decision win over Kendo ‘Tremendo’ Castañeda last February—which marked the last time crowds were permitted at OHP. The Telemundo series returned last summer, with OHP hosting eight straights shows behind closed doors.
None included Alamo, who returned on Friday for his fifth straight fight at this location and sixth in a row in Kissimmee. All five fights at OHP have gone to the scorecards, with no knockdowns scored in this bout. Beltran tried to turn a boxing match into a fight, dialing up the pressure in round three and catching Alamo’s attention with a crisp left hook.
Alamo turned the tide back in his favor in round four, controlling the action in the middle rounds by using every inch of the ring. The range and considerable size advantage enjoyed by Alamo proved to be the difference in most exchanges, save for a late surge by Beltran in round nine though with the fight well out of reach on two of the three scorecards by that point.
Alamo improves to 19-0-1 (12KOs) with the win, his first in more than a year. The undefeated Boricua has not fought since last Feb. 28th, among the few Telemundo regulars to not return following the pandemic although his career now appears to be back in full swing.
Beltran falls to 17-4-2 (10KOs), suffering his third straight defeat including two in a row on this platform.
In supporting capacity airing via slight tape delay, Gianny Garcia scored a highlight reel 4th round knockout of Nicaragua’s Julio Buitrago. A left hook to the body put Buitrago down for the full ten count late in round four.
Garcia’s pro debut last October went all of 24 seconds, needing significantly more time to close the show in this fight. Buitrago didn’t come to lay down despite boasting a clubfighter’s record, providing a scare in round two when the Managua native connected with a two punch combo. Garcia was briefly rocked, though his trip to the canvas was correctly ruled a slip by referee Frank Gentile as their feet were briefly tangled.
It was as close as Buitrago would come to scoring an upset. Garcia (2-0, 2KO)—a 27-year old Cuban junior featherweight now based in Miami—composed himself and took over the fight, boxing smartly in round three and then cornering Buitrago (13-27, 3KOs) in round four, where he was able to drive home a left hook downstairs for the knockout victory.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox