Michel Soro stops Hector Saldivia on Saturday
Michel Soro threw his hat into a deep junior middleweight division with a third round knockout win over Hector Saldivia late Saturday night at La Palestre in Le Cannet, France.
Soro improves to 28-1 (18 knockouts), while Saldivia falls to 45-4 (35 KOs).
After a feeling-out opening round, Soro, ranked No. 4 by the WBA, began to let his hands go in the second round. As Saldivia pressed the action, Soro easily countered to Saldivia’s head.
Midway through the second round, a right-left combination dropped Saldivia to the canvas. Saldivia stood up but was dropped again by a barrage of punches. Saldivia, however, survived the onslaught to make it out of the round.
Soro ended matters in round three, dropping Saldivia with a right-left combination upstairs. Saldivia struggled to get up as referee Jan Christensen counted him out at 1:06.
It was Soro’s first fight in over a year, as he was reportedly out of the ring due to promotional and managerial issues. Soro, who has won his last five bouts by stoppage, is unbeaten in his last 11 bouts since a close decision loss to Zaurbek Baysangurov.
N’Dam overwhelms Gargula
Days before he is to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Hassan N’Dam stopped Tomasz Gargula in the seventh round of an eight-round super middleweight bout.
N’Dam, who has won his last three bouts since his loss to David Lemieux in June of last year, improves to 34-2 (20 KOs). Gargula, who has lost three of his last four bouts, drops to 18-3-1 (5 KOs).
It took N’Dam until the second round to land consistently, particularly with right hands to Gargula’s head. N’Dam scored a flash knockdown in round three as a right hand to the head forced Gargula off balance and his glove to hit the canvas.
By the fifth round, Gargula’s face showed the punishment he was receiving from N’Dam. A right-left combination stunned Gargula but he weathered the storm.
The end came in round seven when N’Dam stunned Gargula with a right hand. N’Dam followed up with a barrage of punches, forcing referee Stephane Nicolo to step in at 2:02.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.