Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California– Cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs) won a dominant, one-sided unanimous decision over veteran contender, Matt Godfrey (20-3, 10 KOs) to take another step closer to title contention.
From the very beginning, it was obvious that the Los Angeles-based Nigerian was too strong, too sharp, and too athletic for Providence, Rhode Island’s Godfrey. In full control for all but a brief moment in the middle rounds where he was slightly buzzed by a Godfrey counter, Kayode cruised through a threat-free contest. Along the way, Godfrey would hit the canvas three times– in the first, fifth, and ninth rounds.
The judges’ scorecard reflected the one.sided nature of the bout: 98-90, 97-90, and 98-89. The Boxing Tribune scored the bout 100-87, also in favor of Kayode.
On the undercard, Chris Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision victory over awkward Khabir Suleymanov (11-1, 5 KOs) in a bout that, at times, threatened to get out of control. Avalos dropped Suleymanov in the first and the third rounds, but had a point deducted form him in the third when he refused to stop battling despite referee Lou Moret’s attempts to break up the action following that round’s knockdown.
The judges scored the contest: 97-90, 96-91, 95-92. The Boxing Tribune scored also the bout 97-90 in favor of Avalos.
Also, California-based Armenian, Art Hovhannesyan (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a surprising sixth round TKO over prospect Archie Ray Marquez (12-1, 8 KOs), dropping the Albuquerque, New Mexico native in the first, second and fifth rounds before putting him away in the sixth with one last, hard knockdown.