Ladarius Miller outpoints Dennis Galarza in PBC on Bounce headliner
It wasn’t the dominant performance he would have wanted, but Ladarius Miller earned the unanimous decision victory over Dennis Galarza in the PBC on Bounce main event Friday at Sam’s Town Hotel in Las Vegas.
One judge had the fight for Miller by the too-wide 99-91 mark, while the other two had it by scores which reflected the competitiveness of the ten-round lightweight fight at 97-93 and 96-94.
Miller (17-1, 5 knockouts), a Memphis native now fighting out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Vegas, used his southpaw movement and counterpunching to open up opportunities on the taller, aggressive Galarza (16-4, 9 KOs) of Orlando by way of Brooklyn.
Miller, 25, began finding his range at the end of the fourth, using his jab to the body to set up looping left hands once Galarza dropped to his level. Outside of these spurts there was little to separate the two else wise as Galarza continued to pressure throughout.
Miller has now won eight straight since his lone defeat in 2016, a unanimous decision to Rolando Chinea also at Sam’s Town.
In the co-feature, Sharif Bogere (32-1, 20 KOs) of Kampala, Uganda moved his unbeaten run to ten fights with a one-sided decision over Oscar Bravo (22-8, 10 KOs) in a ten-round junior welterweight fight. Bogere, whose lone defeat was a 2013 points loss to Richar Abril for the WBA lightweight belt, used his superior boxing ability to counterpunch against the bullish Bravo, opening up a cut on him in the first round.
“He was a tough guy. He took all the shots good,” said Bogere, who had been highly rated by several sanctioning bodies before being dropped due to inactivity following 13 months out of the ring in 2016-17.
Bogere adds that he isn’t sure when he’ll be in the ring again, saying that he’s “just staying in the mix and waiting on my chance.”
Earlier in the night, Juan Heraldez (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round knockdown on Kevin Watts (12-3, 5 KOs) with a left uppercut before settling in for a ten-round unanimous decision victory. The scores were 98-91 on two cards and 100-89 on the third.