Former IBF Super Feather & WBO World Lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza and unbeaten Albert Bell win at the MGM Grand, The Bubble, Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday over ESPN promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing.
In the Main Event of a two week postponed fight former IBF Super Feather & WBO World Lightweight champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza, 27-3 (13), #143.9, of Cidra, PR, easily defeated southpaw Mikkel “Slikk Mikk” Les Pierre, 22-2-1 (10) #143.5, of Trinidad and Tobago, and Brooklyn, NY, WBO World Super Lightweight challenger over 10 rounds.
In the first round Pedraza showed angles switching from orthodox to southpaw easily took the round bloodying the nose of Les Pierre. In the second round Pedraza landed well over twenty unanswered punches hurting him to the body having referee Kenny Bayliss looking to step in. In the third round Pedraza continued to control hurting Les Pierre with a combo to the chin in the final seconds of the round.
In the fifth round Les Pierre out of nowhere landed a left on the chin along with a trip dropping Pedraza for an 8-count. (After the round and 3 minutes ref Bayliss left the ring and agreed it was ruled a no knockdown by replay official Robert Byrd at ringside) Pedraza came back to score a knockdown with a right on the chin. In the seventh and eighth rounds Pedraza allowed Les Pierre back in the fight with little punching.
In the ninth round Pedraza decided to start fighting again dominating a bleeding from right eye and nose Les Pierre. In the tenth and final round an exhausted Les Pierre went to the canvas from a jab for an 8-count. He got up with blood running down the right side of his face but managed to get to the end of the round.
Scores were Tim Cheatham 100-88 with Patricia Morse Jarman and Dave Moretti 99-89 as did this writer 98-89.
“I had it all together for me being mentally, physically and spiritually fit. I will take on anyone of the champions now a challenger,” said Pedraza.
In the co-feature Lightweight “Prince” Albert Bell, 17-0 (5), #133, of Toledo, OH, easily dominated Mark “Machette” Bernaldez, 20-4 (14), #132, of General Santos City, PH, over 10 rounds.
In the first six rounds the taller Bell didn’t allow the aggressive Bernaldez to hardly land a punch while dominating with his jab and right uppercuts with his opponent’s misses landing on the ropes and walking into uppercuts on the chin.
In the seventh round Bell started to set down on his punches more in this lopsided fight. In the eighth round and ninth rounds Bell started keeping his hands to his side while moving around the ring countering Bernaldez. In the final seconds he landed a right on the chin and walked back after hurting his hand. In the tenth and final round Bell dominated with his left hand.
Scores were Cheatham, DeLuca and Ocasio and this writer having it 100-90. Tony Weeks was the referee. Announced and commentators kept saying junior lightweights but the scales didn’t agree.
Super Lightweight southpaw Elvis “The Dominican Kid” Rodriguez, 7-0-1 (7), #140.2, of Santo Domingo, DR, stopped Danny “Boy” Murray, 5-4 (0), #139.2, of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, at 2:13 of the first round of a scheduled 6.
In the first round it was Murray doing the punching up until a solid right jab from southpaw Rodriguez knocked him under the ropes damaging his left eye forcing referee Hoyle to wave it off after counting to 5. Rodriguez is trained by Freddie Roach.
Featherweight southpaw 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Robeisy Ramirez, 4-1 (3), #125.1, of Cuba and Gulfport, FL, in a rematch he reversed his lost to win over Adan Gonzales, 5-3 (2), #125.4, of Denver, CO, over 6 rounds.
In the first round of this rematch southpaw Ramirez outclassed Gonzales with better defense and offense. In the second round Ramirez slipped a Gonzales punch in the final md came up with his shoulder into the chest of Gonzales and down he went. He got a brief time from Referee Hoyle. Ramirez took another round. In the third round a fight broke out in the last minute with both getting their punches in. A good round for Gonzales but got countered by a Ramirez left knocking his head back.
In the fourth round Ramirez had a good one with Gonzales on the defense. In the fifth round Gonzales had an abrasion by his right eye. In the sixth and final round knowing he was behind Gonzales had a good round being more offensive.
Scores were DeLuca, Moretti and Trowbridge 60-54 with this writer 58-56.
“The big difference from the first fight was I got dropped in the first round and loaded up after that. Tonight I boxed and did everything right except I couldn’t get that big punch,” said Ramirez.
Heavyweight Patrick “Majic” Mailata, 4-1 (2), #284, of Samoa, NZ and Las Vegas, NV, lost a majority decision to Kingsley Ibeh, 5-1 (4), #284 ¼, of Nigeria and Phoenix, AZ, over 6 rounds.
In the first round fighting southpaw most of the round Ibeh outworked Mailata. In the second through the fourth rounds it was Mailata doing the most punching while Ibeh for some reason went back to orthodox and had a bloody nose. In the fifth round Ibeh came back to outwork Mailata. In the sixth and final round Ibeh got a short rest from a low punch but came back southpaw and took over.
Scores were Cheatham and Ocasio 58-56, Jarman 57-57 and this writer. Kenny Bayliss was the referee.
Featherweight Carlos Jackson, 16-1 (11), #125 ¼, of Atlanta, GA, lost to Jose “El Ejecutor” Enrique Durantes Vivas, 19-1 (10), #125 ¾, of MEX, and Montebello, CA, over 10 rounds.
All scores were 97-93.