Better late than never…
5/2 – Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (24-1, 18 KO’s) vs. Rico Ramos (23-4, 12 KO’s) – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
This is the second defense of the interim WBA World featherweight title for Cuellar, who is riding a six fight winning streak since his loss to Oscar Escandon in 2011. Ramos held the WBA World super bantamweight title, but has had a rough few years with a 3-3 record since 2012.
*Cuellar won via 12 round unanimous decision
5/2 – Ishe Smith (26-6, 12 KO’s) vs. Ryan Davis (24-14-3, 9 KO’s) – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
This is Smith’s first bout since losing the IBF light middleweight title to Carlos Molina last September. The former “Contender” contestant hit a rough patch from 2007-2010, but put together a short winning streak to get him back into world title contention. Davis comes in a four fight losing streak.
*Smith won via second round knockout
5/2 – Rau’shee Warren (11-0, 3 KO’s) vs. Ricardo Alvarez (7-3, 6 KO’s) – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
The undefeated pro and three time U.S. Olympian moves into his first scheduled 10 rounder against the hard hitting Alvarado, who comes in off a six round decision loss.
*Warren won via 10 round unanimous decision
5/2 – Jamel Herring (8-0, 5 KO’s) vs. Rogelio Casarez (6-2, 3 KO’s) – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Herring, another U.S. Olympian, moves into the eight rounders against Arkansas fighter Casarez, also making his eight round debut.
*Herring won via second round TKO
5/2 – Raynell Williams (4-0, 3 KO’s) vs. Joshua Arocho (3-9-4, 2 KO’s) – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Williams is a 2008 U.S. Olympian, but just took up the pro game less than a year ago and came out strong, scoring stoppages in his first three bouts. Arocho’s previous four bouts were two draws and two losses.
*Williams won via four round decision
5/3 – Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KO’s) vs. Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KO’s) – The Velodrom, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Abraham breathed new life into his career, winning the rubber match with Robert Stieglitz in March. The two division world champ meets a former WBC International super middleweight title holder in Sjekloca, whose last step up to this level resulted in a 12 round loss to Sakio Bika.
*Abraham won via 12 round unanimous decision
5/3 – Omar Chavez (31-2-1, 22 KO’s) vs. Daniel Sandoval (34-2, 30 KO’s) – Palenque de la Feria Ganadera, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
“El Businessman” gets his second shot at a light middleweight belt, with the vacant WBO International title up for grabs. His two losses both came to another son in the family business, Jorge Paez Jr., who took a pair of 10 round decisions.
5/4 – Mike Arnaoutis (24-10-2, 11 KO’s) vs. Andrei Staliarchuk (11-22-2, 2 KO’s) – Patras, Greece
Neither one of these guys has done well in recent years, but prior to 2010 Arnaoutis was a decent light welterweight prospect with the NABO belt, so we’ll mention it.
5/7 – Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KO’s) vs. Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KO’s) – Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
In a battle of undefeated flyweights, newly crowned IBF champion Ruenroeng puts his title up against the former minimum weight and current light flyweight world champion Ioka, whose fighting at this weight for the first time.
5/7 – Katsunari Takayama (26-6, 10 KO’s) vs. Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2 KO’s) – Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
After a few unsuccessful opportunities between 2009 and 2012, Takayama finally regained a share of the minimum-weight title when he won the IBF strap, defeating champion Mario Rodriguez just over a year ago and defended the title successfully once since then. This will be Ono’s first fight at this weight; the former OPBF light flyweight title holder has fought as high as junior bantamweight in the past.