By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Heavyweights Stephan Shaw (8-0, 5 KOs) of St Louis and Los Angeles’s Jonathan Rice (4-2-1, 2 KOs) went the distance in a six round bout. In what was a lackluster fight from the opening bell, Shaw and Rice sized each other up by jabbing away throughout the fight. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Shaw.
Oxnard’s Daniel Gonzalez won his professional debut with a unanimous decision over Javier Cepeda (0-2) of New Mexico in a scheduled four round featherweight bout. Gonzalez held his own boxing outside against Cepeda who kept pressing the action.
Featherweight Victor Morales of Portland, Oregon made his pro debut winning a unanimous decision over Erick Lainez (1-3) of Santa Ana, California by way of El Salvador. Morales outboxed the tough Lainez for four rounds in route to the decision.
In a four-round super lightweight matchup between Argentina’s Neri Romero, (3-0, 3 KOs), and Mexico’s Luis Silva, (2-9, 1 KO), Romero did exactly what one would expect to a 2-9 fighter, pummeling Silva over two rounds before referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight upon the advice of the ringside doctor. Romero knocked Silva down in the first exchange seconds into the fight, then again early in round two when Silva took a knee to escape an accumulation of punches.
In the opening bout between two pro debuters at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Abraham Martinez of Oxnard, California won his pro debut with a stoppage of Phillip Percy of San Francisco in a scheduled four round junior welterweight bout. A left hook by Martinez staggered Percy and he followed up with a right sending Percy to the canvas in round one. Martinez boxed patiently in round two breaking down Percy who did not come out for round three.