First up on the televised portion of the bouts was light middleweight Alex Bunema taking on Argentina’s Sergio Martinez. Martinez completely dominated Bunema from start to finish. By the sixth round it was clear Bunema had no answer for Martinez’ speed and quick combinations, and at one point during the seventh round referee Raul Caiz, sr., was thinking of stopping the contest.
Following the eighth round and another clear beating, Caiz signaled the doctor to check out Bunema. The doctor then concluded that Bunema should not continue. Sergio Martinez wins by TKO at the end of eighth round. He moves to 44-1, 27KOs. Bunema falls to 30-6.
In the following contest, highly regarded 154-pounder Alfredo Angulo put his undefeated record on the line against Russian veteran Andrey Tsurkan in a scheduled 12 round contest.
The fight started off with Angulo and Tsurkan meeting in the center of the ring. It looked as though Angulo may have hurt Tsurkan late in round one but was not able to take advantage. In the second round a cut – which would get slightly worse in the next round – developed above the right eye of Angulo.
Angulo has a great ability of throwing combinations from the southpaw and conventional stance without breaking his stride, and he displayed this ability throughout the contest. Angulo dominated the middle rounds with great combinations to the body and head of Tsurkan. Although the Russian was very game, he did look overmatched.
In the end of the seventh, Tsurkan needed help getting to his corner. At this point Angulo’s overpowering combinations had Tsurkan bloodied and bruised, but to his credit the 31-year-old Tsurkan just would not quit.
The end finally came at 2:27 of round 10, following a sustained beating by Angulo. The 26-year-old Mexican improved his record to 14-0, 11KOs. Tsurkan falls to 26-4.
In the main event, Yuriokis Gamboa got off the canvas in the first round to score a second round knock-out over previously undefeated Marcos Ramirez. Gamboa dropped Ramirez two times in the second on his way to scoring the stoppage at 1:41 of round 2. He improves to 12-0, 10KOs. Ramirez falls to 25-1.
“I was not really hurt by the knockdown”, said Gamboa after the fight. “I knew that I would beat Ramirez. I feel great and I want to go on to become champion of the world.
“We are already negotiating with different world champions”, states promoter Ahmet Öner. “Fact is that HBO wants to go on with Gamboa. I am pretty sure that we will agree on a date and opponent soon. Yuri is just incredible. He is without a doubt the most exciting prospect in the sport; the people just love his spectacular style. And we all want to see him go for a title.”
Undercard action saw weltweight Carlos Abregu score a sixth round knock-out over veteran Robert Valenzuela. Abregu moves to 24-0, 21KOs. Valenzuela falls to 40-28-4. Official time of stoppage was 51 seconds of round 6.
Super lightweight Jesse Vargas scored a unanimous decision victory over Trenton Titsworth to improve his record to 2-0. Titsworth falls to 2-3-1. Scores were 39-34 on all three cards.