Angelo Leo wins unanimous decision over Mark John Yap in Las Vegas
Angelo Leo is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the junior featherweight division.
The unbeaten Leo was victorious again Friday night, defeating veteran Mark John Yap of the Philippines at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Leo’s hometown of Las Vegas.
With the victory, Leo improves to 18-0 (8 knockouts).
Leo was impressive in his last bout on Apr. 5, which also took place at the Sam’s Town and Gambling Hall. Leo was dominant over 10 one-sided rounds, defeating Neil John Tabanao by decision, a fight which aired on Showtime’s ’ShoBox’ series.
The 25-year-old Leo was the more-effective fighter throughout the fight. Yap attempted to mount an offense, but Leo quickly put him on the defensive by throwing and landing two-three punch combinations.
Scores were 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92 for Leo, who is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Yap, who is originally from the Philippines and now resides in Osaka, Japan, drops to 30-14 (15 KOs).
In the co-feature bout featuring welterweights who live in Las Vegas, undefeated Keith Hunter (11-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over gatekeeper Cameron Krael.
Hunter was coming off an upset victory over former amateur standout Sanjarbek Rakhmanov on Apr. 5. A victory over the more-experienced and ring-savvy Krael would solidify his standing as a prospect to watch.
The 26-year-old Hunter used his three-inch height advantage and reach to keep Krael at the end of his punches. Hunter mixed his attack to the head and body of Krael, who began letting his hands go during the middle rounds.
Hunter began to tire by the seventh round, but seemed to get a second wind by round nine, even though he was mostly throwing arm punches and was stunned by a Krael right cross. Hunter was deliberate with his attack and always kept his hands moving during the final round.
Scores were 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93 for Hunter.
Krael, who entered the bout having won eight of his last 10 bouts, drops to 16-14-3 (4 KOs).
Junior lightweight prospect and Las Vegas resident Andres Cortes knocked out veteran Sergio Lopez of Mexico in the third round.
The 22-year-old Cortes (12-0, 7 KOs) broke Lopez down in each round, mixing his attack and landing combinations onto Lopez, whose punch out dropped with each passing minute. Cortes stunned Lopez with a barrage of punches late in round, following up and landing at will before Lopez took a knee. Referee Kenny Bayless counted Lopez out at 2:53.
Lopez, who is originally from Ensenada, Mexico and now resides in the Los Angeles suburb of West Covina, falls to 22-15-1, 15 KOs.
Super middleweight Kevin Newman II (10-1-1, 6 KOs) of Las Vegas stopped Ramon Aguinaga in round four.
Newman dropped Aguiniga with a right uppercut to the chin about a minute into round four. Aguinaga beat the count, but was dropped again by a barrage of punches from Newman again the ropes. Referee Robert Byrd administered an eight-count, but waved the fight off at 1:19.
Aguinaga, who is originally from San Luis Potosi, Mexico and now resides in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, drops to 13-3, 9 KOs. Aguinaga has lost his last three bouts.
In the opening bout of the Mayweather Promotions card, junior welterweight prospect Maurice Lee defeated Jonathan Steele (9-4-1, 6 KOs) of Duncansville, Texas by majority decision.
One judge scored the bout 76-76, while the other two judges scored the bout 77-75 for Lee, who improves to 11-1-2, 5 KOs. Lee resides in Woodland Hills, California.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing