Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey– Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) showed the raw skills and abilities of a top prospect against the rugged Alejandro Valdez (23-5-3, 17 KOs) on Showtime’s ShoBox program, but didn’t shine the way many had anticipated.
Ramos controlled the first half of the ten-rounder with his speed and athleticism, but Valdez slowly worked his way back into the contest, putting pressure on the undefeated Californian and working his way up close.
Ramos re-established his domain in the final round, despite being dropped by a clash of heads early in the round. The judges’ scorecards were 97-93, 97-93, and 98-92. The Boxing Tribune also scored the fight 97-93 for Ramos.
In the televised opener, super middleweight, Don George (21-1-1, 18 KOs) scored three knockdowns against Cornelius White (16-1, 15KOs) before the ref waved off the contest.
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada– On ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, Quebec’s Antonin Decarie (25-1, 7 KOs) scored an even-paced, solid unanimous decision victory over Atlantic City’s Shamone Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs).
Decarie controlled the pace of the bout throughout, although Alvarez seemed capable of doing much more than he did. The Quebec native cored knockdowns in the fifth and eighth rounds. At the end of the ten round bout, the judges scorecards read: 97-91, 99-89, 98-90.
On the undercard, Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) dropped a six-round technical decision (58-56 on all judges’ scorecards) to Romania’s Jo Jo Dan (28-1, 15 KOs) due to an accidental headbutt in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder. Forbes, 33, is now 3-6 in his last nine bouts.
Other Noteworthy Fights:
(Heavyweight) Eddie Chambers UD 12 Derrick Rossy; (WBC Strawweight Title) Kazuto Ioka TKO 5 Oleydong Sithsamerchai; (Super Middleweight) Peter Quillin TKO 4 Dennis Sharpe; (Heavyweight) David Rodriguez TKO 2 Matt Hicks; (Middleweight) Hector Camacho Jr. UD 8 Juan Astorga