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Orlando Gonzalez scores unanimous decision win over Ramiro Cesena in Florida

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Orlando Gonzalez defeated Ramiro Cesena by unanimous decision Wednesday night at the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Scores were 96-94, 96-94, and 97-93 for Gonzalez, who improved to 21-2, 12 knockouts. The Ring scored the bout 96-94 for Cesena.

Both fighters found success early on in the fight, but Cesena closed the distance between the two. Cesena would connect with lead left hooks and straight right hands to the head.

The southpaw Gonzalez outboxed Cesena in round three, connecting with counter left hands that snapped back the head of Cesena on two occasions. Cesena rallied during the fourth and fifth rounds, almost dropping Gonzalez once during an exchange.

A pattern developed where Cesena won the early stages of a round during the second half of the fight, but Gonzalez fought in spurts to outbox Cesena in the latter stages of a round.

Cesena won round nine big, stunning Gonzalez a handful of times and producing blood from his mouth. To his credit, Gonzalez was able to withstand the assault and fought back to outbox Cesena in round 10. Solid exchanges between the two culminated with the bell sounded, which both fighters embraced afterwards.

Wednesday was a crossroads fight between the junior lightweights, where the winner would emerge as a fringe contender in a competitive weight class. Even in defeat, Cesena proved he can make for action fights.

Gonzalez, who resides in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, has now won his last three fights. The 27-year-old is an older cousin of unbeaten Henry Lebron.

The 23-year-old Cesena falls to 16-2-1, 13 KOs. Cesena, who resides in Loreto, Mexico, was coming off a controversial stoppage defeat at the hands of Thomas Mattice on April 8, in a fight he was winning going into the 10th and final round.

In the co-feature, fringe contender Mohamed Mimoune dropped Steven Galeano three times en route to a knockout win in round six.

Mimoune, who is originally from Toulouse, France and currently resides in nearby Plant City, improved to 23-5, 4 KOs.

The action was competitive until Mimoune began to assert himself by round four. The southpaw Miimoune dropped Galeano once during the fifth round, and while Galeano was still game, was dropped again twice more in the round six, prompting an immediate stoppage at 1:21

The 35-year-old entered the Galeano fight having lost three of his previous four bouts, including to Viktor Postol, Tyrone McKenna, and Cesar Francis.

Galeano, who resides in The Bronx, New York, falls to 12-1, 9 KOs.

Middleweight prospect Darrelle Valsaint also dropped Ghana’s Daniel Aduku three times, winning by knockout in the fourth round.

Valsaint (9-0, 7 KOs), who resides in nearby Orlando, dropped Aduku once in round two, three, and four, all from left hooks to the body. Time of the knockout was 49 seconds.

Aduku falls to 15-4-1, 11 KOs.

In the opening bout of the ProBox TV card, lightweight Mandeep Jangra of India improved to 5-0, 3 KOs, defeating Nicaragua’s Yesner Talavera (15-16-1, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision. Scores were 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54 for Jangra, who is trained by Roy Jones, Jr.

Talavera fought two weeks ago, losing by unanimous decision to unbeaten Julio Solis. He has now lost his last 13 fights.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]