Chavez-Fonfara undercard report: Imam outpoints Castillo
Junior welterweight prospect Amir Imam remained unbeaten with a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision over Walter Castillo on Saturday in the co-featured bout to the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Andrzej Fonfara at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Imam (17-0, 14 knockouts), a 24-year-old native of Albany, New York, won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92. Castillo (25-3, 18 KOs), a 24-year-old Nicaraguan prospect, lost for the third time of his seven-year pro career.
Flores defeats Escandon for WBA title
Moises Flores won the interim WBA junior featherweight title, outpointing Oscar Escandon by majority decision over 12 rounds.
Flores improves to 23-0, 16 KOs, while Escandon drops to 24-2, 16 KOs.
Escandon did well getting on the inside of Flores’ long reach in the first couple of rounds, landing hooks to the head and body. As the bout progressed, Flores was able to use his height and awkwardness to get on the inside, landing right hands to the head. Some of the middle rounds were difficult to score, as both fighters landed exchanges.
Flores seemed to slow down in the last couple of rounds. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Escandon was able to win the last two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards, but it was not enough. One judge scored the bout 115-113 for Escandon, while the other two judges scored the bout 116-112 for Flores, who improves to 23-0, 16 KOs.
Chavez grinds out win over Gutierrez
Welterweight Omar Chavez won an eight-round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez.
With the win, Chavez goes to 33-3-1, 22 KOs, while Gutierrez drops to 28-16-1, 17 KOs.
The younger brother of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Omar Chavez was able to land often in the opening two stanzas. As the bout progressed during the middle rounds, Gutierrez was able beat Chavez to the punch, especially on the inside.
Chavez was able to swing momentum back in his favor in the last couple of rounds, doing enough to get the nod on all three judges’ scorecards, 77-75, 77-75, and 78-74.
Non-televised undercard bouts:
– In a bout between fringe middleweights, Fernando Guerrero (27-3, 19 KOs)survived a first round knockdown to win a 10 round split decision over Abie Han. Guerrero took control of the fight in the second half of the fight, while Han (23-3, 14 KOs) slowed down considerably in the last three rounds. One judge scored the bout 96-93 for Han, while the other two judges scored the bout 96-93 and 95-94 for Guerrero.
– Welterweight Fabian Maidana (6-0, 5 KOs), the younger brother of Marcos Maidana, stopped Cory Vom Baur (2-3) at 32 seconds of the second round.
– Cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) stopped Carlos Reyes (7-7-1, 5 KOs) after the fifth round.
– Junior featherweight and amateur standout Tugstsogt Nyambayar (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Manuel Rubalcava (2-13) at 1:38 of the first round.
– In welterweight action, Jessie Roman (18-2, 9 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Evincil Dixon (5-6-1, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the bout in favor of Roman, 79-73, 79-73, and 80-72.
– Heavyweight Wes Nofire (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Joel Godfrey after the third round. Godfrey (17-14-1, 6 KOs) was unable to continue after suffering an injury to the top of his head in round three.
– In the opening bout, welterweight Anthony Flores (7-0, 5 KOs) won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over William Hughes (4-3, 3 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Flores.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Salazar also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing