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Tampa, FL – In front of a standing room only crowd at the beautiful A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano flattened Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal for the WBO Latin Super Flyweight title. All Star Boxing, in association with Shea Bailey Promotions, presented another night of exciting boxing in central Florida, and televised live on the popular Boxeo Telemundo series. On the undercard, Radivoje Kalajdzic kept his record unblemished, making easy work of Rayco Saunders, and exciting amateur star Sammy Valentin did not disappoint, crushing his opponent inside of two rounds.

In the opening round of the main event, both crafty fighters took their time in establishing themselves. Lozano (13-1-0, 10 KOs), 114.8 lbs., took the initiative first, landing more consistently than fellow WBO titlist Vidal (18-3-0, 10 KOs), 114.6 lbs. Lozano’s power was on full display in the second, as he caught Vidal with a pair of punishing blows nearing the end of the round. The crisp combinations forced Vidal to fall back against the ropes. The referee ruled a knockdown against Vidal, with only the ropes keeping him upright. A slower third round followed, with neither fighter landing an effective blow. Regardless, Lozano continued to outwork the more experienced fighter, and utilized his strength advantage to keep Vidal at bay.

Lozano worked the body repeatedly throughout the contest and it paid huge dividends in the fourth round. Lozano landed a brutal left hook to the side of Vidal, just underneath the rib cage, causing him to step back, turn around, and drop to the canvas, withering in pain. The referee immediately called a half to the bout at the 2:29 mark of the fourth round. With the victory, Lozano dropped the interim tag he won back in August, and steps up to the full WBO Latino Super Flyweight champion. A once-promising undefeated Vidal now appears in a freefall, dropping three of his last four matches.

Undefeated Radivoje Kalajdzic (16-0-0, 10 KOs), 175 lbs., maintained his perfect record, making easy work of veteran Rayco Saunders (23-25-2, 10 KOs), 173.6 lbs. In an electric opening stanza, “Hot Rod” came out hands flying, throwing combination after combination. Rod’s speed advantage took an early toll on the journeyman, as Saunders found no holes to land any telling shots. “Hot Rod” found a home for his overhand right hand, setting it up beautifully with a solid jab. Three successive overhand rights dropped Saunders in the first. A game Saunders held his own defensively, taking the best of “Hot Rod” and still surviving the round. Saunders was overwhelmed and unable to get land any combinations. “Hot Rod” coasted through the rest of the bout, turning the six-round bout into a glorified sparring session. All three judges scored the bout a unanimous decision victory for Kalajdzic, 60-53.

In the opening bout of the evening, undefeated Emanuel De Jesus (12-0-0, 8 KOs), 150 lbs., continued his winning ways, besting Aaron Steadman (10-6-2, 6 KOs), 149 lbs. De Jesus patiently attacked in the opening round, utilizing his size advantage against Steadman. In the second, De Jesus landed a solid short left hand to drop Steadman. De Jesus did not let Steadman ever get back into the match, landing a succession of left hand blows, causing Steadman to stumble into the ropes, causing the referee to mercifully call a halt to the action at the 2:39 mark of the second round.

Local favorite Ricky Tomlinson (4-0-2, 2 KOs), 124 lbs., battled up-comer Jayron Santiago (2-2-0, 1 KO), 125.2 lbs., in an exciting four round bout. Tomlinson pressured the fight early on Santiago, keeping his hands moving and not letting Santiago throw more than one shot at any given time. Tomlinson’s game plan worked beautifully for the first three rounds, scoring at will with his punches. Santiago exploded at the opening of the fourth, landing a running right hand just moments after the bell rang. Unprepared for the surprising and brutal shot, Tomlinson hit the mat hard. Tomlinson took the shot well, popping right back up for the eight-count. Tomlinson weathered the storm immediately afterward and battled back, reducing Santiago’s attack to single shot bursts. Showing a lot of heart, Tomlinson stunned Santiago with the short left to the face and won over the crowd and the judges. Judges scored the contest a split decision win for Tomlinson, 38-37 twice and the lone dissenting judge scoring it 37-38 for Santiago.

Tampa’s Noemi Bosques (7-1-2, 2 KOs), 115 lbs., defeated Ivana Coleman (1-6-0, 0 KOs), 118.4 lbs., in the sole women’s match of the night. Bosques took control as the fight went on, landing a solid left hands square on the face of Coleman. Coleman, much more of brawler with wild punches, was unable to breakdown Bosques as she cruised to an unanimous decision victory, 59-55 twice and 58-56.

Highly touted amateur star Sammy Valentin, 146.6 lbs., made his successful debut against Jose Carrillo (0-2-0), 150.8 lbs. Scoring an impressive victory, Valentin put on a boxing clinic. Poised and effective, Valentin moved with his punches, and threw in combinations against the outmatched Carrillo. A hard inside right uppercut dropped Carrillo towards the end of the first round. Carrillo was able to rise and survive the final seconds of the round. After a short equipment malfunction on Carrillo at the beginning of the second round, Valentin went back to work, landing combinations at will. At the 1:57 mark of the second, Carrillo’s corner had seen enough and threw in the towel.

Debut Leanthony Fleming, 152 lbs., met fellow debuter Armando Alvarez, 152 lbs., in a slower, almost nondescript four rounder. Fleming displayed some elusiveness in the bout, but also an unwillingness to throw punches. Alvarez fought a smart fight, landing consistently on his pack-peddling opponent. Action picked up in the second half of the third and the fourth rounds, as Fleming’s corner finally convinced him to make this a fight and throw some punches. However, it came too little and too late, as he was unable to overcome the effective punching and combinations of the taller Alvarez. All three judges saw the bout the same, a unanimous victory (40-36 all) for Alvarez.

Omar Albanil (2-0-0, 0 KOs), 151.6 lbs., defeated debut Clifford Gray, 150.8 lbs., in a four round contest that featured back and forth action. Gray landed a pair of overhand rights to the temple of Albanil in the first, startling him for a second and knocking his mouthpiece out. Albanil settled down afterward, and controlled much of the action throughout the close match. Gray kept himself in the bout with his strength, but was unable to overcome the higher output of Albanil. Albanil earned a split decision victory with two judges scoring in his favor 40-36 and 39-37, and one judge scoring the match 40-36 for Gray.

October 3, 2014